When you tap the Home button on Android, you’re sent to your home screen. But, what if you accidentally changed which screen is home? Or what if a system update switched your home screen? Of course, you may decide you want another screen to be home. You don’t have to move all your icons around. 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’d like. Sometimes, you may decide to make a change after carefully organizing all your app shortcuts. No matter which screen you want to use, the process is the same.
Depending on your device, version of Android (I’m using Android 9.0 and an LG device) and the homescreen launcher you are using, you may either have to pinch the screen as if you were zooming in/out or tap and hold on an empty area of your screen. Try one method, and if it doesn’t work, try the other.
You’ll see your screen shrink and a home icon appear at the top. The current home screen is labeled by a white or filled-in home icon.
If you don’t want this to be your home screen, swipe 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.
Tap any empty area of the screen to exit the settings. Tap your home button to ensure the screen is set correctly.
Removing a New Home Screen
If you’re suddenly seeing a new home screen that you didn’t create, a Left Home Screen may have been enabled. These can be part of the Android system, your custom homescreen 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, you access these if one is enabled. However, occasionally, one may get set as your main home screen.
To change this, use the above method. If the issue persists, disable the Left Home Screen option.
Go to Settings and tap Display.
Tap Home screen.
Select “Left Home screen.”
Tap None to disable any Left Home Screen options. Tap 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, seem 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 tap “Select Home.”
Home is the default. After things have been changed, you may have to re-add and re-organize your apps.
Home with separate app list clears your home screen and places apps in a separate app window. EasyHome provides a larger font size. It helps make your home screen easier to use.
If nothing’s changed here, adjusting the number of rows and columns may work instead. This option isn’t available on every device or Android OS. For some versions of Android, find the option listed in the Display or Home Screen settings. For newer versions, tap and hold or pinch an empty area of the screen until options appear below your screen.
Tap “Grid” and select the right format you had before your home screen changed. You may need to re-organize your icons afterward.
Android updates and even certain apps may change your home screen. Remember, 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 tricks.
Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.
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