Difference between Samsung Galaxy S7 apps screen and home screen
Galaxy S7 apps screen, aka Galaxy S7 app drawer, is a special page that displays icons of all apps installed on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge.
Galaxy S7 home screen is the entrance for all phone features. Normally, selected apps and widgets are placed in home screen for quick access.
You can imagine the role of Galaxy S7 home screen and Galaxy S7 apps screen in this way: Galaxy S7 home screen is the storefront for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and Samsung Galaxy S7 apps screen is the warehouse of apps you have on Galaxy S7 or S7 edge.
For new Android users, especially, iPhone users (because iPhone does not have apps screen), it can be very confusing: why do you need two places to hold apps?
If there is no Galaxy S7 apps screen, then you have to put all apps on the home screen. This may be inconvenient fro some owners:
- most users you actually want to put frequently used apps and widgets in the home screen.
- if all apps are placed in the home screen, you cannot remove it. Otherwise, it is hard to track all apps installed although you can manage them in the application manager.
- if all apps are placed in the home screen, you cannot have more than one copy of the app icons in the home screen. For example, you may want to put Gmail app in two or more different app folders.
Anyway, up to know, no Android vendors try to remove apps screen, simply because it exists for its reasons. It is also a symbolic feature of Android OS.
How to use Galaxy S7 apps screen?
You can access Galaxy S7 apps screen by tapping the apps icon (9 dots) in favorite tray in Galaxy S7 home screen.
Once in Galaxy S7 apps screen, you can find these items (as shown below) in the apps screen:
- icons for apps. These corresponds to individual apps installed. You can launch the app by tapping it just like in home screen. Tap and hold the app icon to add the app to the home screen.
- app folders. You can group apps into app folders in Galaxy S7 app screen.
- search button (1). Tap Search button to search apps.
- sort button (2). You can tap sort (A-Z) button to re-arrange apps in alphabetical order in the apps screen. Please note, there is NO undo function.
- edit button (3). You can tap EDIT button to enter Galaxy S7 apps screen edit mode. You must enter edit mode to make any adjustments except sorting items.
- page indicator (4).If you have several pages for apps, you can tap the corresponding indicator to quickly navigate to the specific page.
How to uninstall apps from Galaxy S7 apps screen
As shown above, when you enter EDIT mode, you will see a quite different page.
Some apps have a – sign in top right corner of the icon. This means you can:
- uninstall the app if the app was installed by you;or
- disable the app if the app was pre-installed.
Apps without this sign are essential apps and Samsung does not allow you to disable them. And you should not disable them.
If you tap the – , it will ask you to confirm to uninstall the app or to confirm to disable the app as shown below.
For Oculus, it was installed by me, so I can uninstall it.
But for Game launcher, it was pre-installed by Samsung and therefore I can only disable it. I cannot remove it from Galaxy S7 (uninstall). I can only remove it from Galaxy S7 apps screen (disable).
Please note, apps in Galaxy S7 home screen are just shortcuts to apps in Galaxy S7 apps screen. Removing an app from the home screen only removes the shortcut. The app is still in the phone. You can always add them again to home screen later.
But in Galaxy S7 apps screen, if you uninstall the app, the app will be removed completely from the phone. The shortcut in home screen will also be removed automatically.
How to move items on Samsung Galaxy S7 apps screen?
You can manually rearrange the icons in Galaxy S7 apps screen.
You need enter Edit mode as mentioned above.
Tap and hold the app icon (or app folder) and drag it to a new location.
You can also move the icon (or app folder) to other pages of Galaxy S7 apps screen by dragging it to the side of the screen.
How to create app folders in Galaxy S7 apps screen
To create app folders in Galaxy S7 apps screen, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Enter apps screen Edit mode
In Galaxy S7 apps page, tap EDIT button to enter edit mode.
Step 2: Tap and hold first app, then move and drop it over the second app as shown below.
This will created an app folder for the first app and the second app.
Step 3: Name the app folder (optional).
You can give the app folder created a meaningful name.
Step 4: Customize the background color for the app folder (optional).
You can also set the background color for the folder.
Step 5: Exit edit mode.
You can tap Done in Edit mode as shown above to exit edit mode.
After an app folder is created, you can drop any apps to that folder.
How to hide Samsung Galaxy S7 apps screen?
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 have any experimental feature that allows you to hide apps screen and put all apps to the home screen.
Please refer to this guide on how to hide Samsung Galaxy S7 apps screen.
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For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.