How To Organize Your Home Screen on Android

Priyanka Monteiro
Apr 1, 2023
Updated • Apr 1, 2023
Google Android

If you love organizing things, this feature on Android is a dream come true for you.


Android phones are designed to be user-friendly and convenient. They come with a plethora of features that make it convenient for you to operate the phone without any struggle. Constant upgrades on Android ensure users get the best out of the OS and one such advantage is the modification of your home screen. 

If you love organizing things, this feature is a dream come true for you. You’ll be able to place all your apps in a way that’s most convenient for you based on usage. If you’ve been using Android for a while, you’re aware of this feature, but if you’re planning to get a device or just got your hands on one, here’s what you need to know about arranging your screen.

Organize Your Screen

One of the most convenient features of your Android and also the most basic is using the app drawer to get organized. You can either swipe up to glance through your apps and bring the ones you use most to the front of your screen, or slide down using the alphabet on the right of your screen to reach the app you want. All apps are sorted alphabetically, so it’s convenient to look for the one you want. There’s also a search bar at the top which you can use to type in the name of an app you’re looking for. 

To bring an app to the home screen, just press and hold the app and drag it to the front screen. Once you’ve got it to the home screen, you can arrange and place it wherever you want.

Get Rid of Unused Apps

Whether you’ve got a new phone or you’ve had one for a while, there will be apps you don’t use or want to get rid of. To do that, all you need to do is just press and hold the app till you see two options appear. The first will be app info and the other will be to uninstall the app. Simply click on uninstall and you can get rid of the app from your phone.

It’s always a good idea to go through all your apps every couple of months and uninstall the ones gathering dust on your phone. It’ll help improve the performance of your phone and clear up space too.

Favorites Tray

You can organize your most-used apps in your favorite tray. If the tray is filled, you can still make room for more apps. Start by long pressing the apps you no longer use as often and move it elsewhere. You can also uninstall the ones you no longer need. You can then drag new apps to this tray.

Creating Folders

Another way to organize your apps on the homescreen is by creating folders. For example, you can create a folder named “Google” and add all apps that are google related, such as the browser, your Gmail app, and so on. Creating a folder is simple. All you need to do is put two apps together. Long press one app and move it above another one. This will create a folder. Android gives a default name to the folder. You can change it by tapping on the folder and then tap on the name and type in the name you want. You can then add more apps to this folder by dragging them to it. You can also remove apps from a folder by long pressing and dragging it back to the homescreen.

How To Organize Your Home Screen on Android

App Drawer

While this is obvious, it has to be done. Open your app drawer and see what’s included. If you don’t need anything, go ahead and uninstall it.

Play Store

You can also get rid of unnecessary apps by going to the Play Store. When you’re in the play store, tap your name in the top right and then click on manage apps and devices. When you click on manage at the top, you will see the installed tab. You can tap the parallel lines and sort apps by least used. You can uninstall apps you no longer need.

Reduce The Clutter

We hope these tips will help you reduce your home screen clutter. These are some of the most effective ways of organizing your home screen.


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  1. Albert said on August 18, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the tip Martin.

    It is for these kinds of posts that I follow GHacks.

    1. Mike Williams said on August 26, 2023 at 8:55 pm

      What’s up with the generic comment, are you a bot?

  2. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:23 pm


    Where on the planet is that still in use? I was forced to give up using my RAZRV3 years ago because 2G was phased out by AT&T.

    1. arbuz said on August 20, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Everywhere 3G has been turned off and you don’t have LTE coverage, and believe me there are many developed countries where this is the case and if it weren’t for 2G you wouldn’t even be able to make a phone call.

    2. Doc Fuddled said on August 31, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Maybe I missed it, but I don’t believe tha term “2G” is in the article. Perhaps you are referring to “AGM G2”??

  3. Tachy said on August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm


    Your website has gone insane.

    When I the post button I then saw my comment posted on a different article page. When I opened this article again, it is here.

    1. Martin P. said on August 31, 2023 at 4:39 pm

      @Tachy @Martin Brinkmann

      ” Your website has gone insane. ”

      Same here. Has happened several times.

      1. owl said on September 1, 2023 at 3:42 am

        @Martin P.,

        For over two weeks now,
        I’ve been seeing “Comments” posted by subscribers appearing in different, unrelated articles.
        For the time being,
        it would be better to specify the “article name and URL” at the beginning of the post.

  4. Anonymous said on August 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    @tachy a lot of non-phone devices with a sim in them rely on 2G, at least here in europe.
    Usually things reporting usage or errors/alarms on something remote that does not get day to day inspection in person. They are out there in vast numbers doing important work. Reliable, good range. The low datarate is no problem at all in those cases.
    3G is gone or on its last legs everywhere, but this stuff still has too much use to cancel.

    Anyhow, interesting that they would put that in. I can see the point if you suspect a hostile 2G environment (amateur eavesdroppers with laptop, ranging up to professional grade MITM fake towers while “strangely” not getting the stronger crypto voip 4G because it is being jammed, and back down to something as old ‘stingray’ devices fallen into the wrong hands).

    But does this also mean that they have handled and rolled out a fix for that nasty 4G ‘pwn by broadcast’ problem you reported earlier this year? I had 4G disabled due to that, on the off chance that some of the local criminals would buy some cheap chinese gear, download a working exploit and probe every phone in range all over town in the hope of getting into phones of the police.

  5. Andy Prough said on August 19, 2023 at 3:04 am

    >”While most may never be attacked in stingrays, it is still recommended to disable 2G cellular connections, especially since it does not have any downsides.”

    The downside would be losing connectivity. I spend a lot of time way out in the countryside where there’s often no service or almost none. My network allows 2G, and I need it sometimes. I have an option on the phone to disable 2G, I may do that when I’m in the city and I have good 5G connectivity, but not out in the country.

    I would imagine that the stingray exploits, like most of the bad things in this world, are probably things you will run into in the crowded big cities.

  6. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

    I stopped using it in a mobile (Wi-Fi line) environment, so I’m almost ignorant of the actual situation,
    But the recent reality in Japan makes me realize that “the infrastructure of the web is nothing more than a papier-mâché fiction”.

    It is already beyond the scope of what an individual can do.
    What we should be aware of is the reality that “governments and those in power want to control the world through the Web”, and efforts to counter (resist and prevent) such ambitions are necessary.

  7. Anonymous said on August 26, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    Why do you want people to disable the privacy features? Hmmmmm?

  8. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Now You: do you plan to keep the Ads privacy features enabled?

    I’d like to tell you, but apparently if you make a post critical of Google, you get censored. * [Editor: removed, just try to bring your opinion across without attacking anyone]

  9. Tachy said on August 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


    You website is still psychotic. Comments attach to random stories.

  10. John G. said on August 28, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    @Martin please do fix the comments, it’s completely insane commenting here! :[

  11. ECJ said on August 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm


    The comments are seriously messed up on gHacks now. These comments are mixed with the article at the below URL.

    And comments on other articles are from as far back as 2010.

  12. Naimless said on August 29, 2023 at 12:57 am

    What does this article has anything to do with all the comments on this article? LOL I think this Websuite is ran by ChatGPT. every article is messed up. Some older comments from 2015 shown up in recant articles, LOL

  13. Paul Knight said on August 31, 2023 at 3:35 am

    The picture captioned “Clearing the Android Auto’s cache might resolve the issue” is from Apple Carplay ;)

  14. Anonymous said on August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm

    How about other things that matter:
    Drop survival?
    Screen toughness?
    Degree of water and dust protection?

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