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Samsung Galaxy S5: Customizing Home and Apps Screens [A Complete Guide]

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, August 10, 2014

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This guide with walk you through customizing both the Home screen and Apps screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5. In this page, you will learn how to add apps or shortcuts to the home screen, add and remove widgets, create and manage folders, change the wallpaper, add and delete home screens, and customize the apps screen according to your preference.

Click on any of the link below to go to that section.

How To Add Apps/Shortcuts To The Home Screen


Apps can be pre-installed or ones you download from the Play Store or other app stores. They are different from widgets. The phrase "adding apps" to the home screen actually means adding shortcuts to those apps. The very purpose of this is so that you can easily launch apps you often use from any Home screen of your Galaxy S5. There are actually two ways to do this:

Adding A Shortcut From The Apps Menu
  1. Go to the Home screen you want to add a shortcut to.
  2. Touch the Apps icon.
  3. Find the icon of the app you want to add to the Home screen, once found, touch and hold it. 
  4. The Applications menu then closes and you'll see the icon of the app hovering over the Home screen you selected awhile ago.
  5. Position the icon to the desired location on the Home screen and release.
  6. A new icon can now be found on the Home screen while the original icon stays in the Apps drawer.
Adding A Shortcut Via The Home Screen
  1. Go to the Home screen you want to add a shortcut to.
  2. Tap and hold on an empty space.
  3. Touch Apps and widgets.
  4. Touch and hold the icon of the app you want to add.
  5. Now, position the icon in the area you want it to be and release it.
Deleting A Shortcut From The Home Screen
  1. Touch and hold the shortcut you wan to delete until the edit screen is activated.
  2. Drag the icon over Remove at the top of the screen and release it.
  3. This action does not remove or uninstall the application, you're only deleting the shortcut.

How To Add And Remove A Widget


Widgets are often extensions of apps and they're a lot simpler, smaller in size and lighter to load. They often provide users access to information without actually opening the app. The best example is the Calendar widget that shows upcoming events without opening the Calendar app.

Adding A Widget
  1. Go to the Home screen you want to add a widget to.
  2. Tap and hold on an empty space.
  3. Touch Widgets.
  4. Touch and hold the widget you want to add until the edit screen is shown. 
  5. Continue holding the widget and move it to the area you want it to appear and release it.
Removing A Widget
  1. Touch and hold the widget you want to remove until the edit screen is activated.
  2. Drag the widget over to Remove on the top of the screen and release it.
Resizing A Widget
  1. Touch and hold the widget you want to resize. If there is an orange frame enclosing the widget, then it can be resized, otherwise, it stays the same.
  2. Touch, hold and drag the resize icon until you're satisfied with the new size of the widget then release it.
  3. Touch anywhere outside the widget to exit edit mode.

How To Create And Manage Folders


You can create folders in any of the Home screens or Apps screens on your Samsung Galaxy S5. These things are best used in organizing or grouping apps depending on their functions and uses.

  1. To create a folder on the Home screen, touch and hold an icon you want to add to a folder and then drag it to Create Folder icon.
  2. Enter the name of the folder.
  3. To add more icons to the folder,  touch the plus (+) sign and place a check next to the shortcuts you want added.
  4. Touch Done when you're finished adding.
  5. To create a folder on the Apps screen, touch Apps > More options > Create folder.
  6. Enter a folder name.
  7. Touch the plus (+) sign to add shortcuts to the folder.
  8. Touch Done when you're finished selecting apps.

Note: The folder displays on a Folders page and not on the Apps page even though there may be room on the Apps page. You cannot create or move a folder to an Apps page. You must manage all folders on a Folders page. The Folders page indicator displays at the bottom of the page in the same area as the Home page indicator.

How To Change The Wallpaper


Wallpapers are background pictures, which can be changed any time. You can use your own pictures but they have to be saved in a directory the phone has access to.

  1. From the Home screen, tap and hold on an empty space.
  2. Touch Wallpapers and select any of the three options: Home screen, Lock screen, or Home and Lock screen.
  3. A few wallpapers are already pre-loaded on your phone. View them by swiping left or right at the bottom of the screen, and touch a thumbnail to enlarge it. Touch Done to apply the enlarged wallpaper.
  4. You can also tap More images to use pictures saved in other locations, such as: Dropbox, Gallery, and Photos.
  5. You may crop picture to the size you prefer and tap Done.

How To Add And Delete Home Screens


You can have up to seven Home screens and arrange them according to your preference. Here's how you add or delete a Home screen…

Adding A Home Screen
  1. From any Home screen, tap and hold on an empty space.
  2. Swipe left until you reach the screen that contains the plus (+) sign; touch it to add a new screen.
  3. Press the Home key to exit the edit mode.
Deleting A Home Screen
  1. Go to the Home screen you want to delete.
  2. Tap and hold on an empty space.
  3. Touch and hold the Home screen and drag it over Remove icon at the top of the screen.
  4. Press the Home button to exit the edit mode.
Arranging And Setting A Default Home Screen
  1. From any Home screen, tap and hold on an empty space.
  2. Scroll to the screen you want to move.
  3. Touch and hold the screen and move it left or right to change their order and release it.
  4. To make a screen your default Home screen, scroll to that screen and tap the Home icon at the top.

How To Customize The Apps Screen


If you're using the default Apps screen view type, you can neither customize nor create a page in it.

Customizing The Apps Screen
  1. From the Apps screen, tap on More options > View as > Custom. You are now free to customize it the way you want it.
  2. Touch More options once again, and then Edit.
  3. Touch and hold an application or folder, and drag it to the desired location. The rest of the icons on the page will adjust to make room. When you are satisfied with the location, release the application.
  4. You can move an application to another page by dragging it to the extreme right or left of the screen. The next Apps screen will then appear. 
  5. Touch the Back key to exit the Apps edit screen.

Creating A Page
  1. To add a new Apps page, touch More options and tap Edit.
  2. Touch and hold an application, and then drag it to Create Page at the top of the page. A new page will be created with the application.
  3. Touch Edit to return to Apps, or press the Home key to return to the default Home screen.
I hope this guide have helped you, somehow. It is originally intended for users who are still learning a thing or two about their new phone. Expert users don't need this guide anymore but it may still be helpful. Please share this page to anyone who need help with their phones. Thanks.


 

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