You can pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen so that you can open them directly by tapping them without fiddling through apps. For example, you can add a PDF file to the home screen and open it without opening the file explorer or storage manager.
After you add files to Galaxy S9 home screen (to be precise, you are actually adding file shortcuts to the home screen), you can use them just like using apps and widgets: open, relocate, delete them.
A file pinned on the home screen always occupies one spot (icon). This is different from adding and showing photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen as a widget, which is resizable.
This Galaxy S9 guide shows you how to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen, manage files added to the home screen, and how to add files to task edge in the edge screen.
When you may want to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen (add files to the home screen)?
Many owners who use Galaxy S9 or S9+ as a productivity tool often need to open or edit some files repeatedly.
By default, this means you have to open a file explorer (e.g., My files), navigate to the folder, find the file, tap on it to let the default app to open it.
But if you pin the file on Galaxy S9 home screen (i.e. add a shortcut of the file to Galaxy S9 Home screen), then you can tap the shortcut on the home screen to open it straight away.
If you want to show photos on Galaxy S9 Home screen, you may check this guide.
When you pin a file to the home screen, you actually add a shortcut of the file to the home screen. The file is still in the original folder and is NOT moved. If you delete the icon in the home screen, the corresponding file will NOT be removed. But if you update the file, the file in the original folder will be updated.
Technically, the shortcut (the pinned file) in Galaxy S9 home screen is a symbolic (soft) link to the original file, not a copy of the file.
How to pin files to Galaxy S9 Home screen?
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