Android 101: How to configure your home screen.

If you have an Android phone for any length of time, it’s easy to get used to living in chaos. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly adding new apps, deciding they’re fine but not great, adding another one, and so on. Then, a few months later, as you scroll through your app drawer, you’re surprised to find many apps that you forgot about and probably don’t even remember what they were used for. There are.

In a very short time, it can become a mess. And if you’re really interested in an app, it could start to take up a lot more space.

There are basically two steps to understanding all these Android apps: find a way to manage them (and there are different ways, depending on what you like) and periodically remove all those extra apps. Give what you have accumulated and is no longer used. Here are some tips to help you do both. If you are new to Android, this can help you stay organized from day one. If you are an experienced user, you can choose some tips.

As you go through these tips, keep in mind that not all Android interfaces are the same. How this method is built using Android 12 Beta running on Pixel 3XL, so your interface may vary slightly, depending on your phone model and which Android version you are running.

Extremely basic (and those who have had an Android phone for more than a week or two can go down a bit), you can just use the app drawer, which can be accessed by swiping from under the phone or accessing it. Can get You have the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen (by pressing the apps icon in the lower center of your display). Long press and drag the apps you use the most on one or more of your home screens with the app drawer.

App Drawer (thankfully) is arranged in alphabetical order, with your last used apps at the top. Swipe up to go through the apps or type the name of the app in the search bar at the top.

However, once you start collecting apps, you’ll want to save some time by building a more customized system.

Fill your favorite tray.

You can quickly access your most used apps by placing them in the Favorites Tray, the bottom row of apps just above the search field and always available, no matter which home you are in. Have swiped the screen.

Tray already full of apps? No problem.

  • Long press on an app You no longer need to place in a favorite tray. Move it to another location on the homepage, or move it up until you remove and install them at the top of the screen. Select one and move the app there.
  • Long press on an app from the home screen or from the app drawer, and move it to the tray.

Create a folder on your home screen.

One of the best ways to manage your apps is to use folders. For example, you can put all your music and podcast apps in a folder called “Listen” or put all your social media apps in a folder called “Social”. Creating folders is easy.

It’s easy to create folders by leaving one app over another.

  • The first two apps you want to add to your home screen.
  • Long press one and move it over the other. This will create a new folder.
  • Give the folder a name: tap on the folder, tap on the name at the very bottom of the app (if Android doesn’t provide a name it will probably say “edit name”), and type in your new name.
  • You can add more apps to a folder by long pressing on other apps and moving them to a folder.
  • Reverse this process and remove an app from a folder: Long press on the app and move it from the folder to the home page. If you have only two apps in the folder, the folder will disappear.

Sometimes when I install a new app, I immediately know it’s not for me, and I’ve installed it from there. Mostly, unfortunately, I’ll try an app, decide if I’ll ever want to use it in the future, and I’ll leave it at that. Where is sitting For months Or year

Once you start collecting apps, it’s incredibly easy to forget the things you don’t need anymore. But letting older apps stay on your phone isn’t as harmless as it sounds. Not only are they replacing useful storage, but they’re also collecting data unnecessarily (assuming you’ve given them permission). And if they’re working in the background, they can drain your battery.

As a result, it doesn’t hurt to know which apps you haven’t used recently and remove them from your phone. There are many ways to do this.

Use the app drawer.

Yes, that’s right you can now become known as a Lord of the Rings. Take a moment to clean up your app drawer: open it, and see what’s there. You may be wondering what you forgot and what you don’t need anymore. Anything you don’t need, swipe up to install them.

Go to the Play Store.

It’s not as easy as going to your app drawer or being as efficient as files through Google, but there’s a way if you’re on the Play Store and want to get rid of some unnecessary apps to install some new apps ۔

In the Play Store, you

In the Play Store, you can see updates in “Manage Apps and Devices”.

Sweep and install your installed apps that you no longer use.

Sweep and install your installed apps that you no longer use.

  • Once in the Play Store, tap on your personal icon in the upper right corner and select “Manage apps and devices”.
  • If you want to see which apps need to be updated, find “Updates Available” and tap “View Details”. You can just tap “Update All” if that’s what you want to do.
  • Otherwise, tap on the “Manage” tab at the top of the screen.
  • You will see a list of installed apps. You can see what the latest update did by clicking on the listing, or if you want to install, tap the checkbox to the right of each entry and then on the Trash icon that appears above.
  • If you want to see a list of your uninstalled apps, tap on the “Installed” label at the top of the screen and select “Not Installed”. If you accidentally delete an app and then think, “I shouldn’t have done that,” or you suddenly remember an app you’d like to use again. Use the checkbox to the right of each entry to reinstall any app. (If the app has been removed from the Play Store, it will not be on this list.)


Check your “Uninstall” apps for which you want to reinstall.

You can configure your app list in a variety of ways to check which ones can be removed.

You can configure your app list in a variety of ways to check which ones can be removed.

  • Tap the parallel lines on the right and you’ll be able to sort by name, more used, less used, recent update or size. This can be very easy if you are running out of space and want to know which apps to get rid of.
  • Other tabs in the “Manage” section include “Updates Available” and “Games”.

Try Files by Google.

Files from Google is an amazingly simple app that helps you get rid of unnecessary files that are taking up space, among other things. If you decide to install files, you can use it this way to get rid of unused apps.

Files by Google lets you delete unused apps.

Google Files lets you delete unused or large apps to save space.

Like Google Play, you can sort the app list in a number of ways.

Like Google Play, you can sort the app list in a number of ways.

  • If it is not already selected, tap on the “Clear” icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Scroll down until you find a section labeled “Delete unused apps.” Tap “Select Apps”.
  • You can see how much space each app is taking up and the date it was last used. By tapping the parallel lines in the upper right, you can sort the list by oldest> latest, latest> largest, smallest, smallest> largest, or alphabetically.
  • Tap the circle to the right of each app, select the one you want to install, and then tap the “Uninstall” button at the bottom.

Use another app.

There are a variety of Android apps available in the Play Store that are files from Google that can help. To get started, there are other file managers that can make it easier to track and manage your phone’s contents, such as File Manager Plus and File Manager: Free and Easy. (In fact, there are several apps in the Play Store called “File Manager”.)

Some create overlays to help you manage your home screen. Gina, for example, lets you create a sidebar that pops out of the side of your screen and gives you a compact list view of all your apps. The taskbar has a configurable Windows-like start menu on your display.

If you want more control over your Android environment, there are launchers like Nova that allow you to better customize your app drawer and home screen with icons, animations and different layouts.

Update August 25, 2021, 4:35 PM ET: This article was originally published on March 6, 2019 and has been updated to reflect changes in Android and its apps.

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