Rearrange and Remove Apps and Widgets from the Android Home Screen

By Dan Gookin

Apps, folders, and widgets aren’t fastened to the Android’s Home screen with anything stronger than masking tape. That’s obvious because it’s very easy to pick up and move an icon to a new position or remove it completely. The process starts by long-pressing the app, folder, or widget, as shown in the following figure.


You can drag a free icon to another position on the Home screen or to another Home screen page. To banish the icon, drag it to the Remove icon that appears on the Home screen.

  • The Remove icon might appear as a Trash icon instead of an X.


  • Removing an app or a widget from the Home screen doesn’t uninstall the app or widget.

  • When an icon hovers over the Remove or Trash icon, ready to be deleted, its color changes to red.