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Work with Widgets and Shortcuts

Customize the launch bar, widgets, and app shortcuts to the Home screen.

Customize the Launch Bar

The launch bar gives you one-tap access to commonly used apps and other shortcuts. You can replace the apps on the launch bar with other apps that you often use.

Notes:

  • You can only customize the launch bar while in Classic layout.
  • If you're using the Freestyle layout, you will only see the launch bar on the lock screen. Icons displayed will be the same ones you have in the Classic layout.
  1. Touch and hold the app you want to replace, and then drag it out to delete icon.

    illustration of personalizing launch bar
  2. Tap all apps icon to go to the Apps screen.
  3. Touch and hold an app, and then drag it to the empty slot on the launch bar.

Tips:

  • You can also group apps on the launch bar into a folder.
  • The apps or shortcuts you see on the lock screen are the same as the ones in the launch bar.

Add Widgets on Your Home Screen

Widgets make at-a-glance important information and media content readily available.

  1. Touch and hold an empty space on a widget panel.
  2. In the pop-up menu, tap Add apps and widgets.

    screenshot of home screen options
  3. Tap arrow down icon > Widgets.
  4. Scroll through the widgets or tap search icon to search for specific widgets.
  5. Touch and hold a widget, and then drag it to a widget panel you want to add it to.

Change the Widget Settings

You can modify basic settings of some widgets.

  1. Touch and hold the widget on your Home screen, and then drag it to settings icon.
  2. Customize the widget settings.
  • To resize a widget, touch and hold the widget and then release your finger. If a border appears around the widget, drag the sides of the border to enlarge or shrink the widget size.

Add Apps and Other Shortcuts on Your Home Screen

Place apps you often use on your Home screen. You can also add shortcuts to frequently used settings, bookmarked Web pages, and more.

  1. Touch and hold an empty space on a widget panel.
  2. In the pop-up menu, tap Add apps and widgets.

    screenshot of home screen options
  3. Tap arrow down icon > Apps or Shortcuts.
  4. Scroll through the apps or shortcuts, or tap search icon to search for one.
  5. Touch and hold an app or shortcut icon, and then drag it to a widget panel where you want to add it.

Note: To add an app from the Apps screen, touch and hold an app and drag it to a widget panel.

Move Items on Your Home Screen

You can easily move a widget, icon, or sticker from one widget panel to another.

  1. Touch and hold the Home screen item with one finger.
  2. With another finger, flick left or right to go to another widget panel.

    illustration of moving a widget
  3. Release the item where you want to move it.

Remove Items on Your Home Screen

  1. Touch and hold the Home screen item you want to remove, and then drag it to delete icon.
  2. When the item turns red, lift your finger.