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Home Screen Basics

The home screen is the starting point for your phone’s applications, functions, and menus. You can customize your home screen by adding application icons, shortcuts, folders, widgets, and more.

Home Screen Layout

Your home screen extends beyond the initial screen. Swipe the screen left or right to display additional screens.

illustration of home screen with callouts



Notifications Area

The notification area of the status bar (on the left) displays notifications for incoming messages, missed calls, application updates, and more.

Status Area

The status area of the status bar (on the right) displays phone and service status information such as signal strength, battery status, Wi-Fi and data connectivity, ringer status, and time.

Status Bar

The status bar displays icons to notify you of your phone’s status (on the right side) and notifications (on the left side).


Widgets are self-contained onscreen apps that reside on your phone’s home screen.

Launch Bar

Primary shortcuts are application shortcuts that appear in the same location on all of your phone’s home screens. These are customizable except for the All Apps Key, which remains static.

All Apps Key all apps icon

Tap to open the applications (apps) list. The All Apps Key is a primary shortcut available from all home screens.

Tip: Tap Home home key to return to the main home screen from any other screen.