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Launch an App

There are several options for opening an app from the Home screen.

  • Tap an app on the launch bar at the bottom of the Home screen.
  • Tap apps list icon to go to the Apps screen, and then tap the app you want to use.
  • On the Apps screen, tap search icon, then enter the name of the app you’re looking for.

Open an App or Folder from the Lock Screen

  • On the lock screen, drag an app or folder icon up to unlock the screen and directly go to the app or folder.

If you’ve set up a screen lock, you’ll be asked to provide your credentials first before your phone opens the app or folder.

Tip: The shortcuts on the lock screen are the same ones on your Home screen’s launch bar. To change the lock screen shortcuts, you’ll have to replace the apps or folders on the launch bar.

Switch Between Recently Opened Apps

When you’re multitasking and using different apps on your phone or opened multiple Web pages from the Web browser, you can easily switch between the apps or Web pages you’ve recently opened.

  • Tap recent apps key to see recently-opened apps.
  • To switch back to an app, just tap it.
  • To remove an app from the list, drag it left or right.
  • To clear the recent apps list, tap clear icon.

Refresh Content of an App

In some apps, you can easily refresh content that’s synced or downloaded from the Web with a simple finger gesture.

  1. While viewing content such as weather or Google Now, scroll to the top of the screen.
  2. Pull down the screen with your finger, and then release to refresh.

Arrange Apps on the Apps Screen

Personalize the Apps screen to your liking. You can rearrange the apps and change the layout.

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon.
  2. Tap expand options icon and then choose how to arrange apps, such as alphabetically. If you want to group apps into folders or rearrange them, select Custom.

Move Apps and Folders

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon.
  2. Tap expand options icon > Custom.
  3. Tap more options icon > Rearrange apps.
  4. Touch and hold an app or folder, and then do one of the following:
  • Drag the app to another position on the same page. Wait until you see the occupying icon move away before releasing your finger.
  • Drag the app to the double arrow down icon or double arrow up icon arrow to move it to another page.
  1. When you’re done moving apps and folders, tap check mark icon.

Group Apps into Folders

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon.
  2. Tap expand options icon > Custom.
  3. Tap more options icon > Rearrange apps.
  4. Touch and hold an app, and then drag it over to another app to automatically create a folder.
  5. To add more apps, drag each app over to the folder.
  6. To name the folder, open the folder, tap its title bar, and then enter a folder name.
  7. When you’re done grouping apps and folders, tap check mark icon.

Remove Apps from a Folder

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon.
  2. Tap expand options icon > Custom.
  3. Tap more options icon > Rearrange apps.
  4. Tap the folder to open it.
  5. Touch and hold an app, and then drag it out to the Apps screen. Wait until you see the occupying icon move away before releasing your finger.
  6. When you’re done removing apps, tap check mark icon.

Hide or Show Apps on the Apps Screen

  1. Tap home key > apps list icon.
  2. Tap more options icon > Show/Hide apps.
  3. Select the apps you want to hide, or clear their check boxes to unhide them.
  4. Tap Done.