How to rearrange the Galaxy S8 icons with a tap for easier one-handed use

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships offer 83% screen-to-body ratio, the best in its class, and one of the best ever on an Android phone this side of the Xiaomi Mi Mix slab. The achievement is a result of extremely thin top and bottom bezels, curved screen sides, and new 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the display. That aspect ratio means that the phone is narrow but tall, and some of us short-fingered folks won't be able to reach everywhere on the display while using the phone with one hand, despite that it is unbelievable compact for its 5.8" screen diagonal.

Fret not, as Samsung has provided the usual interface options like a one-handed mode for easier navigation, which shrinks the whole display into a more manageable size, until you are done reaching what you need to reach with your thumb, and can then unfurl it back up. With the Galaxy S8 and S8+ new Samsung UX, however, the company has provided another way to quickly reach your apps with one hand. 

You can rearrange the icons on your home screen to shift to the lower right quadrant, where your thumb can tap on any of them with ease, instead of the default grid that starts from the top left, i.e. the one farthest from your thumb. Needless to say, if you keep your home screen full of app icons, the effect will be moot, but if you only have your most used ones there, here's what you can do:

1. Long-press on an empty area of your Galaxy S8 or S8+ home screens;

2. Among the options that pop up after the long press, there is a handy button up in the middle to shift the arrangement of your icons;

3. Tap on the button to move your app icons from the upper left to the lower right quadrant;

4. Tap "apply" on the pop-up prompt, and all your homescreen apps will move to the opposite diagonal, right underneath your thumb, bril.

source: SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why do you need to do this when all Samsung Galaxy phone have one handed mode? You suppose to be so tech literate. If you stop using iPhones which make you do stuff backwards. Simple - turn on one handed mode and you can drag a screen corner down to th size you want and have full one handed access to everything on the screen.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool feature, this is an interesting device, I'm thinking of first daying it.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

The S8 or S8 plus for you? I'll possibly be going for the Plus, as I like very large screen devices, (not absurdly big but S8 plus around same size as the iPhone Plus which is fine with me)

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd get the plus mike.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered


9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Definitely get the plus. Saw the S8+ in store today and it only took them mentioning it was the Plus model before I noticed I had the larger phone. The phones are ridiculously compact to the point that I felt the S8 was too small for me.The fingerprint scanner placement was no issue, but then again..I have massive hands. but plus for the better battery life was my logic

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Already pre ordered, which I planned on not doing.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can still pre-order. I suggest you do, because if you don't you won't be able to get some of the freebies. The $99 package which has a Gear VR w/Remote, AKG Over-The-Ear Headphones and a 256GB microSD card are exclusive deal to pre-order only. Valid purchase period: 3/30/2017 - 4/20/2017 Get the new Gear VR with Controller for free, plus Oculus content bonus when you pre-order the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. For a limited time you can add premium headphones by AKG and a 256GB memory card for just $99.*

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For anyone thinking these phones are really big? Hands on, the S8 is about 5/8" taller vs the S7 edge. But if you hold the device the same, they fell almost the exact same size. The S8+ is just a shy taller vs the Note 7 and the iPhone Plus model. But because they are slimmer do to the curved design, its actually is a look easier to hold and its not slippery like he iPhone because the S8 like the S7 and S6 before, don't have painted surfaces.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

The iPhone doesn't have painted surfaces dude, it's anodized metal, why would anyone put paint on a smartphone lol. The interior of the glass panels in Galaxy devices are actually painted but will never get scratched or deformed unless you puncture the glass on the device, more durable then anodized metal in terms of keeping the color intact and not damaged And yes ergonomics of the S8 plus are absolutely better then iPhone Plus

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

12. kerginaldo17 unregistered

How to rearrange the Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor?

13. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

But how are they supposed to push down the status bar with one hand? The phone is too long. Does Samsung's new UI support swipes with finger pads?

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