Galaxy S7 home screen is an essential part for using Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. Nobody can skip home screen to use an Android phone.
But different Android vendors may customize the Android home screen in own ways. Samsung is not an exception: it is TouchWiz skin and launcher actually give you quite unique experience,
In this guide, you will get to know Galaxy S7 home screen, how to use app folders on Galaxy S7 home screen, how to remove apps/widgets/app folders from Galaxy S7 home screen, and how to customize Galaxy S7 home screen.
The home screen for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is identical except the edge screen handle (see below). So, this guide applies to both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge home screen although Galaxy S7 is used in the text.
Get to know Galaxy S7 home screen
A typical layout of Galaxy S7 home screen is shown below.
There are 8 fundamental components on Galaxy S7 home screen:
You can put any apps installed on the phone to Galaxy S7 home screen. You can tap the icon to start the corresponding app.
Android allows you to add one app multiple times in Galaxy S7 home screen.
By default, all installed apps are listed in Galaxy S7 apps screen.
It is impractical to keep 200 apps in the home screen individually. Galaxy S7 allows you to organize these apps in folders.
You can put similar apps into one app folder in Galaxy S7 home screen.
So, app folders give you a cleaner galaxy S7 home screen.
You can also add app folders from Galaxy S7 apps screen directly to home screen, just like adding an app to home screen.
Widget allows you to check specific info through the app without opening the app. For example, nobody wants to open weather app to check weather. You want weather info, not app icon, to be displayed.
Some widgets allow you to re-size them. So, you can easy fit them in Galaxy S7 home screen. Of course, it is up to individual app developer to decide whether the widget is realizable..
Please refer to this guide on how to add, use and manage widgets in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge.
When your Galaxy S7 have multiple home screen panels (aka home screen pages), home screen indicators (corresponding to each Galaxy S7 home screen page/panel) are very helpful for you to know where you are.
By default, the leftmost page of Galaxy S7 home screen is for Flipboard briefing. A special flipboard briefing indicator (2 lines) can be found. Of course, you can disable flipboard briefing on Galaxy S7 by following this guide.
Among other Galaxy S7 home screen panels, one (and only one) panel is defined as “home” of home screen panels. If you keep tapping Home button (see Galaxy S7 and S7 edge layout), you will go to this panel eventually. You can assign any other panels as home panel if you want.
Please refer to this guide on how to assign the home panel for Galaxy S7 home screen.
You can tap any screen indicators to navigate to the corresponding Galaxy S7 home screen panel. The bug, advancing one panel when tapping the screen indicator, which can be found in Galaxy S6 home screen and Galaxy Note 5, was fixed in Galaxy S7. Actually, Android Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 fixed the bug as well.
favorite apps tray
Galaxy S7 favorite apps tray docks your frequently used apps or app folders. This favorite apps tray tray will present in all Galaxy S7 home screen panels except flipboard briefing panel.
You can organize the Galaxy S7 favorite apps tray as you want. Normally, you should put most frequently used apps there so that you can use Galaxy S7 very effectively.
apps screen icon
The apps screen icon (9 dots) is a shortcut to Galaxy S7 apps screen (aka app drawer).
Traditionally, apps screen for Android users to list all apps installed on the device. Home screen for users to put frequently used apps and widgets.
In Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge), Samsung allows you to hide apps screen and put all apps in Galaxy S7 home screen (just like in iPhones). You may follow this guide to hide apps screen on Galaxy S7.
Once Galaxy S7 apps screen is hidden and all apps are put in home screen, apps screen icon will disappear.
Flipboard briefing indicator
Flipboard briefing is a controversial feature. Some owners don’t like it since it was introduced. But Samsung still insists that some owners may like it.
The Flipboard briefing indicator lets you quickly navigate to that panel by tapping the icon.
If you do not like Flipboard briefing, you can follow this guide to disable Flipboard briefing on Galaxy S7 home screen,
edge screen handle (for Galaxy S7 edge only)
On Galaxy S7 edge, you can swipe this handle to open edge screen.
Please refer to this guide on how to use Galaxy S7 edge screen.
How to organize apps on Galaxy S7 home screen?
You can move any apps or widgets to desired locations.
To re-position an app or a widget, tap and hold the app or widget, move your finger on the screen. You will find the app or widget moves with your finger.
Once you find the desired location, you can release your finger from the screen to drop it there.
How to create app folders on Galaxy S7 home screen?
As mentioned above, you can use app folders to organize apps on Galaxy S7 home screen.
You can create app folders on Galaxy S7 home screen directly as shown below.
To create an app folder, you simply touch and hold (without releasing your finger from the screen) one app, move it on the screen, then drop it on the app icon you want to create an app folder with.
Once an app folder is created, you can rename it or change the background color of the folder icon.
Of course, you can move other apps to this folder as well.
How to remove apps, app folders and widgets from Galaxy S7 home screen
The apps in Galaxy S7 home screen are actually shortcuts to actual apps in apps screen. It is safe to remove the app icon from home screen. You can always add them again to Galaxy S7 home screen.
In other words, when you remove an app from Galaxy S7 home screen, you just remove the shortcut to the app. You did not uninstall the app from the phone.
For widget on Galaxy S7 home screen, it is just an instance of the widget. It is also safe to remove it without uninstalling the app.
To remove an app (or app folder, or widget) from Galaxy S7 home screen, you can tap and hold the app icon (or app folder, or widget) until you see the 2 icons (Remove and Move apps) appear on the top of the Galaxy S7 home screen as shown below. Don’t release your finger from the screen,
You can then drag the app to the Remove icon to remove it from Galaxy S7 home screen.
How to customize Galaxy S7 home screen?
You can customize Galaxy S7 home screen in many ways:
- you can use Galaxy S7 themes to customize Galaxy S7 home screen. (see this guide)
- you can use new wallpapers for Galaxy S7 home screen. (see this guide)
- you can set screen grid to customize the size of app icons on Galaxy S7 home screen. (see this guide)
- you can create and delete home screen panels for Galaxy S7 home screen (please check this guide).
- you can customize edge screen for Galaxy S7 edge. (see this guide)
- you can add widgets to Galaxy S7 home screen as shown in this guide.
Please refer to each guide on how to customize Galaxy S7 home screen.
Do you understand each item on Galaxy S7 home screen? Do you know how to organize Galaxy S7 home 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.