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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.

screenshot of home screen with callouts

Item

Description

Notifications

Displays your current notifications.

Phone App phone app icon

Tap to open the dial pad. Also provides additional tabs to access Call logs, Contacts, and Groups.

Back Key back key

Tap to return to the previous screen.

Home Key home key

Tap to display the main home screen.

Overview Key overview key

Tap to access a list of your most recently-used apps. Touch and hold while using an app to use the Multi-window feature.

Application Icons

Tap an icon (application, folder, etc.) to open and use it.

Status Bar

Shows device status information including the time, signal strength, battery status, and notification icons.

Extended Home Screens

In addition to the main home screen, your phone features extended home screens provide more space for adding icons, widgets, and more. Swipe across the screen to move from the main screen to an extended screen. The small circles above the primary shortcuts let you know your current screen position.

  • Tap the Home Key home key to display the main home screen.

To go directly to a particular screen:

  • Swipe left and right to access additional home screen panels.
  • Tap the location dots near the bottom of the home screen to move to the selected panel.