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How to Add Apps to the Android Tablet Home Screen

The first thing you may want to do on your Android tablet is place your most favorite apps on the Home screen. Here’s how that works:

  1. Touch the Apps icon on the Home screen.

  2. Long-press the app icon you want to add to the Home screen.

    The app icon appears to lift from the Apps screen, and then you see a Home screen preview.

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  3. Drag the app to a position on the Home screen.

    When there’s no room on the Home screen, drag the icon to the far right or far left edge of the screen to switch to another Home screen page.

  4. Position the app where you want it to go and lift your finger.

The app hasn’t moved: What you see is a copy. You can still find the app on the Apps screen, but now the app is — more conveniently — also available on the Home screen.

  • Keep your favorite apps, those you use most often, on the Home screen.

  • Icons on the Home screen are aligned to a grid. You can’t stuff more icons on the Home screen than will fit in the grid, so when a Home screen page is full of icons (or widgets), use another Home screen page.

Some Android tablets feature a Favorites bar, which is a row of app icons that dwell along the bottom of the Home screen. The Favorites bar on each Home screen page shows the same app icons, so the bar makes an ideal location for those apps you use most often.

To place an icon on the Favorites bar, first move an existing icon off: Long-press the icon and drag it up to the Home screen. Then you can drag any other icon from the Home screen — or from the Apps screen — to the Favorites bar.

If you don’t first move an existing icon off the Favorites bar and then try to add another icon on top of it, one of two things may happen. First, the tablet could replace the existing icon with the new one. The old icon is removed. Second, the tablet may create a folder, combining both icons into a single item.

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