Android Tips

[Tip] Move Multiple App Shortcuts From One Homescreen To Another

Every mobile operating system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Say, for example, in iOS there is a home screen where all the application icons are presented in a grid and they are easy to access. But Android, on the other hand, has an advantage here as all the icons are present in the app drawer and the home screen is used to have shortcuts of your most used apps. This clearly avoids the need to scroll through the entire list of applications installed on android.

Aside form the app shortcuts, you also have a couple of widgets placed on the home screen which need more space than a regular app shortcut. So how can you organize both these widgets and your app shortcuts on the home screen? The best way is to keep all your shortcuts on one screen and the widgets on one.

Moving app shortcuts across the home screens is a child’s play. All you have to do is long press a shortcut, drag it to the left or right edge of the screen, and then drop it on the other home screen. This is really easy when it is about one or two icons, but what about multiple icons from one screen to another, at once?

How To Move Multiple App Shortcuts From One Homescreen To Another

First and foremost I would like to tell you that there is no such feature that allows you to move multiple app shortcuts from one screen to another. And if you want to move a bunch of icons, you will have to do it one by one. But we have found a solution for you which essentially is a small trick.

Step 1: Locate all the icons which you wish to move. Here in the image below I have two icons which I will be using to explain the trick.


Step 2: Now long press one of the icons, drag it to any of the other icons until a circular (folder) icon appears. When you see a ring around the icon, it means you can create a folder using these two applications. If you have more than two applications, move them one by one into the folder.


Step 3: Once you have create a folder with all the icons you wanted to move, long press the folder icon, move it to either edges, and drop it on the blank home screen. Now all your app shortcuts have been moved from one home screen to another with the least possible effort.



This is not the best way to move multiple icons at once, but is certainly the a better solution. One can move 16 applications using one folder which is any day better than moving 16 icons one by one.

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