When you’re making the switch from Apple to Android, sometimes it feels like you’re learning a new language. Like iPhones, Android phones have multiple home screens. The multiple screens give you lots of flexibility for how to access your apps and widgets, but they may seem overwhelming if you’re not used to working with them in Android. Here are five tips for managing widgets on your Android phone.
1. Find your apps.
To find available pre-installed apps on your smartphone, tap the little circle icon with the six small cubes in the bottom middle of your home screen. This is your app drawer. All pre-installed apps will be shown within this drawer, as well as available widgets for all of your smartphone’s utilities and functions.
You can navigate to your apps and widgets by using the menu items at the top of the app drawer screen (see below). If you add a new app, it will also appear here.
2. Add an app shortcut or widget to your home screen.
To add an app shortcut or widget to your home screen, simply touch and hold the item you wish to select. This action causes the smartphone to vibrate and the shortcut automatically appears on your main home screen. To move one of the apps to another home screen, just touch and drag that icon with your finger. If this seems tricky, make sure you’re dragging the icon over the little blue line that appears on the side of your screen. If you cross the line, you’re good to go.
3. Stack apps to clean up your home screen.
To consolidate like apps into categories, simply touch, hold and move one icon on top of another. For instance, you might want to categorize Facebook and Twitter together. To do it, just drop one icon onto the other, and the newly merged icon will show you exactly what’s included in that folder. Then you can name the folder whatever you like (I called mine “Social).
4. Remove an app shortcut or widget.
To remove an app or widget from your home screen, touch and hold the item. A “remove” notation will appear at the very top of your screen. Drag the icon toward the word “remove” and it will turn red. Move the icon into the red and it will vanish from your home screen. Note: This does not permanently delete the item from your phone—it just removes it from your home screen. The app or widget will still be available within your app drawer.
5. Get more apps!
Want to get more out of your Republic phone? Check out the Google Play store where you can find games, music, books, movies and much more. Whenever you add a new app, the icon will appear right there in your app drawer. To move it where you want, simply follow the steps above and you’ll be good to go.
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