Poll results: What's your preferred way of accessing apps on Android devices?

Poll results: What's your preferred way of accessing apps on Android devices?
Scrolling through an endless list or pages upon pages in the app drawer to find and start the app you need, is becoming less and less needed, that is why we asked you last week what is your preferred, most used method for accessing and launching apps on your Android device. It turns out that a good chunk of our respondents, about 38%, are still accessing them through the app drawer, while the 58% majority have them tucked neatly on the homescreen(s) for faster access. Less than 4% usually search for apps, indicating that this method might be used mostly for applications we rarely launch, and don't want to bother finding in the clutter.

App drawers might be going the way of the dodo bird, at least if you ask Chinese makers, as very often their Android overlays consist simply of an endless homescreen carousel where apps are placed in neatly arranged grids or folders, with no app drawer to be seen or found anywhere.

Adding insult to injury, most launchers these days, stock or third-party, offer the ability to categorize your apps in folders automatically, thus easing the trend that the vast majority of your most used apps get launched directly from the home screen in a tap or two. Moreover, as an alternative way to run apps you rarely use, Android offers you the ability to search for them, again directly from the bar on the homescreen. Most often you need to only key in the first two or three letters of an app name, and then tap on the suggestion to launch it.

What's your preferred way of accessing apps on your Android device?

I mostly use search
I usually launch them from my homescreen(s)
I access them through the app drawer



1. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

I launch from the home screen or search!

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A few most used apps I run from two scroll-able docks on the home screen, three apps I start using gestures. The rest in the app drawer by category.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1506; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I have app category tabs in the app drawer. If I wanted to launch apps from my home screens, I'd just get an iPhone. :)

4. Rocket

Posts: 659; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I keep my most used apps on home screen.

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

and stalk them in folders app-wise.. *OCD*

5. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

on android i prefer to use home screen and search....i don't use app drawer on windows phone i prefer to use home screen and app list..... i don't use app search.

6. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

arrow launcher :)

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