Add apps, shortcuts & widgets to your Home screens
To quickly get to your favorite content, you can customize your Home screens.You can add and organize: * Apps * Shortcuts to content inside apps * Widgets that show information without opening apps
Add to Home screens
Add an app 1. From the bottom of your Home screen, swipe up. Learn how to open apps 2. Touch and drag the app. You’ll find images of each Home screen. 3. Slide the app to where you want it. Lift your finger.Add a shortcut 1. Touch and hold the app, then lift your finger. If the app has shortcuts, you’ll get a list. 2. Touch and hold the shortcut. 3. Slide the shortcut to where you want it. Lift your finger.Tip: To use a shortcut without adding it to a Home screen, tap it.Add or resize a widget
Add a widget
1. On a Home screen, touch and hold an empty space. 2. Tap Widgets . 3. Touch and hold a widget. You’ll get images of your Home screens. 4. Slide the widget to where you want it. Lift your finger.Tip: Some apps come with widgets. Touch and hold the app. Then tap Widgets .
Resize a widget
1. Touch and hold the widget on your Home screen. 2. Lift your finger. If the widget can be resized, you’ll find an outline with dots on the sides. 3. To resize the widget, drag the dots. 4. When you’re done, tap outside the widget.
Organize on Home screens
Make a folder (group) 1. Touch and hold an app or shortcut. 2. Drag that app or shortcut on top of another. Lift your finger. * To add more, drag each one on top of the group. * To name the group, tap the group. Then, tap the suggested folder name. You can also tap one of the suggested names at the top of the keyboard or type the name you want to use.Move an app, shortcut, widget, or group 1. Touch and drag the item. You’ll get images of your Home screens. 2. Slide the item to where you want it. 3. Lift your finger.Note: On Pixel phones, you can’t move the “At A Glance” information at the topof your screen. Learn how to pick what kinds of information show.Remove an app, shortcut, widget, or group 1. Touch and hold the item. 2. Drag the item up to Remove . 3. Lift your finger.You can find “Remove,” “Uninstall,” or both. “Remove” takes an app off yourHome screen only. “Uninstall” takes it off your phone.Note: On Pixel phones, you can’t move the “At A Glance” information at the topof your screen. Learn how to pick what kinds of information show.Add, group, or remove apps on your Home screen | Pixel
Organize Home screens
Add a Home screen 1. Touch and hold an app, shortcut, or group. 2. Slide it to the right until you get a blank Home screen. 3. Lift your finger.Remove a Home screen 1. Move your apps, shortcuts, widgets, and groups off the Home screen. 2. After the last one is removed, the Home screen will be removed.
Customize your Home screen
Change info at the topAt the top of your main Home screen, you’ll find “At A Glance” information forwhere you are and what you’re doing. For example, you could find the date,weather, or what’s next on your calendar.To change what shows there: 1. Touch and hold that space. 2. Tap Preferences .Change an appAt the bottom of your screen, you’ll find a row of favorite apps. * Remove a favorite app: From your favorites, touch and hold the app that you’d like to remove. Drag it to another part of the screen. * Add a favorite app: From the bottom of your screen, swipe up. Touch and hold an app. Move the app into an empty spot with your favorites. Change other Home screen settings 1. On your Home screen, touch and hold an empty space. 2. Tap Home settings.Turn search bar animations on or offYou’ll sometimes get animations in the search bar on your Home screen. Theanimations are temporary for special events, like holidays.To turn off these animations, or turn them back on: 1. Touch and hold the search bar. 2. Tap More Preferences. 3. Turn Searchbox effects on or off.
How to Get Material You Clock Widget on Android
The new Clock widget is currently available only on Pixel smartphones runningAndroid 12 Beta 5. In case you’ve already enrolled your device onto theAndroid 12 Beta program, you can update it to the Beta 5 build by opening theSettings app and going to System > System Update. If an update is availablefor your device, it will show up on the next screen from where you candownload and install it.Once the latest Beta version is installed, you can access the Material YouClock widget straight away from your Home Screen.
How to Add Material You Clock Widget to your Homescreen
After you’re running the latest Android 12 Beta 5 build on your Pixel device,you can now add the Material You Clock widget to your Home Screen. To do that,tap and hold on an empty area on your Home Screen and select the ‘Widgets’option from the overflow menu.You should now see the Widgets popup menu on your screen, showing a list ofall the widgets that can be added to your Android 12 Home Screen.Here, scroll down and tap on the ‘Clock’ section.Inside this section, you’ll find four different widgets, all serving differentpurposes.Analog clockYou can tap and hold on the Analog clock widget from within the ‘Clock’section and drag it to the desired part of your Home Screen.When you do that, you should see the new Analog clock widget appear on yourHome Screen in a shape that resembles a scallop. With the Dark theme disabled,the widget will have a lighter background with dark colors to indicate thehour and minute hands and a circle to represent the “seconds” hand.The Analog clock will take up a darker background with light-colored handswhen your device’s Dark theme is enabled.Digital clockYou can tap and hold on the ‘Digital clock’ widget from within the ‘Clock’section and drag it to the desired part of your Home Screen.Android 12’s Digital clock widget comes with a horizontal pill-shaped designthat shows today’s date and day at the top followed by the time in bigletters.This is what it looks like when Android’s Dark theme is enabled.Stacked clockYou can tap and hold on the ‘Stacked’ widget from within the ‘Clock’ sectionand drag it to the desired part of your Home Screen.The Stacked widget offers the same info as the Digital clock widget but thistime the pill design is flipped to be shown vertically instead ofhorizontally.When you enable your device’s Dark theme, this is what it would look like.World clockYou can tap and hold on the ‘World’ widget from within the ‘Clock’ section anddrag it to the desired part of your Home Screen.The World widget will show times of two different time zones if you have addedthem inside your Google Clock app. When enabled, you should see two squareboxes with rounded corners and slightly different themes added to your HomeScreen.When you enable Dark theme, these widgets will get darker backgrounds withlighter-colored text.
Why does the Clock widget on Android 12 change color?
By default, the new Clock widget on Android 12 applies the Wallpaper color youselected inside the ‘Wallpaper & style’ app. This is the same set of colorsthat are applied to other elements of your system UI like Settings,Notifications, Quick Settings, and other apps.In our testing, we noticed that the Clock widget doesn’t necessarily apply thecolor you selected inside ‘Wallpaper & style’ but instead changes its colorsas you drag it around your wallpaper. This is because the Clock widget isdesigned to take up the theme colors based on the position of the wallpaper itis dropped in. In the recording below, you’ll notice that the colors of theClock widget change as it’s dragged from one position to the other.The widget first appears with an off-white background color above areas thatare highlighted in orange. This background changes to a lighter green hue whenthe clock is moved further below to an area that focuses more on the greenerside of the spectrum.That’s all we have on the Material You Clock Widget on Android 12.RELATEDHow to Change Home Screen in Google Pixel 4aHere’s how to change default home screen settings in Google Pixel 4a (5G). Youcan customize Pixel 4a home screen including a set picture on home screen,create app folders, add widgets to the home screen, enable home screenrotation, change app icon shape, and more. Customize the home screen settingsyou want in your Pixel 4a running stock Android 11 OS (Compatible with Pixel4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel2 XL).
How to Set Home Screen Wallpaper in Google Pixel 4a 5G
Step 1: “Long press on the blank area of home screen” in your Pixels. Touch on“Styles & wallpapers”.Step 2: Select “My photos” to choose your own picture from the gallery ordefault category wallpaper.Step 3: Touch on the “Picture” you like.Step 4: Click “Set wallpaper” at the bottom middle.Step 5: Tap “Home screen”.Other options are the lock screen and home screen & lock screen.Alternative Way: Settings > Display > Styles & wallpapers > Wallpaper > Selectthe wallpaper category > Choose a wallpaper > Set wallpaper > Home screenCheck Also: How to Customize home screen in Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
How to Add Widgets to Home Screen on Pixel 4a
Step 1: Touch & hold the blank area of home screen and click on “Widgets”.Step 2: “Touch & hold the widgets” to set home screen in Pixel 4a.
How to Change the Icon Shape (Home screen & App drawer) in Pixel 4a
Step 1: Long press on the blank space of the home screen and tap on “Styles &wallpapers”.Step 2: Click on “Style”.Step 3: Tap on “Screen” and click on “Next” until view the shape options.Step 4: Select the “Icon shape” from the list and touch on “Next”.Step 5: “Enter the Name your style” and click on the “Apply” button.It’s easy to customize home screen in Google Pixel 4a. If you have any kind ofquery, tell us in the below comment.”