How to Add or Remove App shortcuts from the Android Home Screen

How to Add or Remove App shortcuts from the Android Home Screen

Want to add or remove an app icon from one of your home screens? The Home Screens on your Android device are totally customizable. You can add or remove App icons from any of the home screens whenever you would like. Why would you want to place app shortcuts on your home screen? Simply put, it’s a much quicker way to access your favorite apps. It eliminates the need to go to your App Drawer every time you want to open one of your apps. It will save you time and make your device look more unique and customized. Most Android devices have between 5 to 7 home screens that are available for app shortcuts and widgets.

Just follow the steps outlined in this video tutorial and you’ll be creating quick shortcuts to your favorite apps in no time. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a note in the comments section below.

NOTE: If “Apps” does not appear as an option when adding an icon to your home screen then instead click on “Shortcuts” and then “Applications” to see the list of your Apps.

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  1. Robin Jennings
    Robin Jennings June 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm .

    Thanks for the tut. It’s so easy once you’ve been shown but the first few hours of using an Android Device takes a bit of getting used to.

  2. Bruce Hamilton
    Bruce Hamilton July 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm .

    Please add transcripts of your videos so we don’t have to take the time to view the entire video.

    Also please state what version of Android you are using. Your UI looks a lot different from my Droid 3, Android 2.3.4.


  3. Sarah Christensen
    Sarah Christensen December 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm .

    Thank you! Clear, simple instructions helped me instantly!

  4. John McDaniel
    John McDaniel February 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm .

    Removing apps from the home screen withe the long press does not work every time we long press on the icon it opens up and does not give us an option to move it to the trash,for some reason it is not working like all the instruction are telling us that it is suppose to, what now?

  5. Greg Thomas
    Greg Thomas March 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm .

    On the Motorola Razr 905, just drag and drop onto “Remove” its gone..

  6. Helen
    Helen March 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm .

    Thank you for your easy to follow video.

  7. Dennis
    Dennis December 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm .

    Removing the app from the home screen by pressing the icon does not work as this is bloatware from the manufacturer. Instead I now have three basic calculators on a separate home page that I do not use nor want Motorola Moto X 2013. Any suggestions?

  8. Arthur Baldwin
    Arthur Baldwin March 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm .

    I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Android 4.4 and the video you made for adding app shortcuts to the “Home Scree” gets me nowhere. Everything is completely different than the video. A long press on the home screen produces an array of optional “Home Screens” that can be scrolled from left to right and chosen with a single tap, but I have no idea how to add a shortcut to any of them.

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