When you press the Home button on Android, you are taken to your Home screen. But what if you accidentally changed the home screen? Or what if a system update changes your home screen? Of course, you can decide that you want another screen in the house. You don’t have to move all of your icons. Instead, assign a home screen on Android using any existing screen.
Assign a home screen on Android
Any screen you create on your Android device can be a home screen. Usually the first screen is set as your home, but it can easily be the third or fourth if you want. Sometimes you might decide to make a change after you’ve carefully organized all of your app’s shortcuts. Whichever screen you want to use, the process is the same.
Depending on your device, the version of Android (I am using Android 9.0 and an LG device) and the home screen launcher you are using, you may need to pinch the screen as if you were zooming in / back or press and hold on an empty area of your screen. Try one method, and if that doesn’t work, try the other.
You will see your screen shrink and a home icon appears at the top. The current home screen is marked with a white or filled home icon.
If you don’t want this to be your home screen, swipe your finger to the screen you want to assign. Tap the home icon to select it as your home screen. This will automatically deselect any other screen.
Touch an empty area of the screen to exit the settings. Press your home button to make sure the screen is set up correctly.
Removing a new home screen
If you suddenly see a new home screen that you didn’t create, a left home screen might have been activated. These can be part of the Android system, your custom home screen launcher, or carrier-specific, such as Verizon’s AppFlash. These home screens include additional features, such as search, suggestions, and content discovery.
Usually, when you swipe left from your home screen, it will take you there if there is one activated. However, every now and then one of them can be set as the primary home screen.
To change this, use the method above. If the problem persists, turn off the Left Home Screen option.
Go to Settings and tap Display.
Tap Home screen.
Select “Left Home Screen”.
Tap None to turn off the left home screen options. Press OK to save your changes.
Home screen changed
Even when you assign a home screen on Android, it may not look right after an update. If some of your icons are missing, appear larger / smaller, or you don’t have as much room as before, the home screen format may have been changed.
When this happens, go to “Settings -> Display -> Home screen” and press “Select home”.
Home is the default. Once things are changed, you may need to add and rearrange your apps.
Home with a separate app list clears your home screen and puts the apps in a separate app window. EasyHome provides a larger font size. This makes it easier to use your home screen.
If nothing has changed here, adjusting the number of rows and columns may work instead. This option is not available on all devices or Android OS. For some versions of Android, look for the option listed in the display or home screen settings. For newer versions, press and hold or pinch an empty area of the screen until the options appear below your screen.
Press “Grid” and select the correct format you had before your homescreen changed. You may need to rearrange your icons afterwards.
Android updates and even some apps can change your home screen. Remember that you can assign a home screen on Android and customize your screen to get it back exactly the way you want. And if you have a broken screen, you can still access your Android phone with these tips.
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