I’ve been using Android for more than twelve years and these are my tips for organizing the home screen

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My first Android phone was a Sony Xperia Mini Pro back in 2012, with a physical QWERTY keyboard, very little memory and a very own Android layer that, however, ended up marking where the icons would end up being placed in the following decade. It has rained since then and along the way I have gained some wisdom about how to tidy up the home screen for greater productivity.

The mobile launcher or launcher serves exactly that, launching applications, so The idea is to spend as little time as possible on it., since this will mean that we have quickly obtained the information we were looking for or have found the app we wanted to open, instead of wasting 20 minutes searching for it. These are my tips to achieve this, although you will always have to adapt them to your own experience and demands.

The most used apps, in the dock

Eldock

The dock on my mobile phone has barely changed in twelve years, although in the past there were four slots and now there are five. The dock is the right place to the applications you need to open at all hoursas it will prevent you from searching through the different pages or in the application drawer: the position is permanent.

However, many people leave the dock as it comes, with practically repeated elements such as the Phone application and the Contacts application (which are accessed by each other), or a place reserved for SMS, which we almost always only open when we receive a message from the notifications.

My tip is put here only what you use the most and don’t be afraid to use folders to group similar items together. In my case, I have a folder for calls and messaging applications, the music app, the camera app, Facebook and another folder with Google Chrome, Calendar, Maps, Gmail, Google Play and settings.

Thematic folders

Folders

If you have many applications installed on your mobile, don’t be afraid to create folders to group them by categories, depending on what you need, although not extremely rigidly. For example, even if you have a folder called Games, If you’re really addicted to a game these days and open it quite frequently, it makes sense to keep its icon on your home screen rather than in the folder (although it can be in both places at once).

The folders you need will depend entirely on your needs, although I also refer you to not create them just because, if you think that you are not going to need them more than figs at a glance. For example, yes

The Marie Kondo method

If everything is important, nothing is important. Likewise, if everything is at hand on the home screen, nothing is at handsince it will be basically the same as the application drawer.

Not all applications require being on the home screen, but only those that you use relatively frequently. If there are many apps, in the end it becomes difficult to find the ones that really matter to you and, if they are applications that you don’t open very much, you won’t even remember where the icon is and it will take longer to find it on the home screen than in the drawer. Applications.

Widgets yes, but with meaning

WidgetsSome of the widgets I have on my home screen, created with KWGT

With widgets it often happens that either you pass or you don’t arrive. There are those who do not have a single widget on their home screen and those who have it full of widgets just because they can. If widgets make you happy, leave them, of course, but my recommendation is that you use them sparingly and only if it’s worth the space they take up because of how pretty they look or the information they show.

In my case I have left almost all widgets on the same page, which also makes the icons on said page (they are folders, really) fewer and easier to distinguish than if the page were full of things. Many of the widgets also mean that you do not need to have the icon for some applications, since they open them when you tap on them (such as the weather or calendar application).

Icons in the same place

MobileiconsSeveral of my phones with a very similar icon configuration

If you are on Android to stay, my recommendation is that you do not try to reinvent the wheel every time you change mobile and you bet on copying your design year after year.

As I said before, ideally the home screen is so that you see it as little as possible and over time the finger will automatically go to the place where it is the WhatsApp icon, even when you’re half asleep.

The home page is the most important

HomeNova Launcher, and other launchers, allow you to mark any page as the home page

Not all pages on the home screen are the same, as one of them is Home page, which is displayed by default. In the past it was the one we returned to with a tap on the now almost extinct home button, but today it is still important.

This is the page that it will be shown to you most of the time You go back to the launcher, so make sure it has all the access to common applications that you want to have at hand but don’t need them so close at hand that you can put them in the dock. In my case, this is where I have the calculator, the clock, the translator or Shazam.

The wallpaper: pretty but readable

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Finally, a good mobile home screen requires that we can distinguish the icons and their names of the background, which is why I’ve been using the same wallpaper for years.

The backgrounds that come with the mobile are usually readable, but when we choose to use our photos or backgrounds downloaded from the Internet, it can be quite difficult to distinguish our icons, folders or widgets and throw away all the previous work. Let the background be pretty, yes, but let it not overshadow how pretty our home screen is either.

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