How to Place a Launcher on Your Android's Favorites Tray - dummies

How to Place a Launcher on Your Android’s Favorites Tray

By Dan Gookin

The row of launcher icons at the bottom of the Home screen of your Android device remains the same no matter which Home screen page you’re viewing. It’s called the Favorites tray, and it’s an ideal spot for apps you use most frequently.

Launchers are added to the Favorites tray in one of two ways:

  • Drag a launcher off the Favorites tray, either to the Home screen page or to the Remove or Delete icon. This step makes room for a new icon on the Favorites tray.
  • Drag a launcher from the Home screen to the Favorites tray, in which case any existing icon swaps places with the icon that’s already there.

Of these two methods, the second one may not work on all Androids. In fact, the second method may create a folder on the Favorites tray, which is probably not what you want.

The best launchers to place on the Home screen are those that show notifications, as shown here. The apps include Facebook, Twitter, Email, and others.