How to change the Galaxy Note 5's home screen grid size

If you're happy with the default TouchWiz home screen launcher on offer with the Galaxy Note 5 but want to customize it just a little bit, you may want to change the grid size of the launcher. Here's how you get it done.

The home screen grid size refers to the number of icons, folders and widgets you can fit on each home screen. The Note 5 is set by default to a 5 x 5 grid, or five spaces wide by five spaces tall. you also have the choice of 4 x 5 and even 4 x 4 if you don't want too much on your screen. To change it up, pinch in on the screen — or long press on a blank space — to enter the screen edit mode, then tap "screen grid" in the bottom-right corner.

If you've already filled up all of the home screen spaces you'll notice that the content will dynamically re-flow as you change the grid. For example if you're going from a larger grid to a smaller one, you'll lose the icons that were on the furthest edges as it sizes down. If you size back up, the icons come back.

Play around with the three options, and see what works best for the amount of information you need on your home screens. For some people this will be just the right amount of tweaking — for others, they may step up to a different launcher altogether to have even more customization options.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

23 Comments
  • At this point some of these helpful tips would equally apply to the S6E+, I'm guessing.
  • Exactly.... Like I said for some reason ac is all about the note 5.... Smh... At least put tips and tricks for s6e plus and note 5 or what not... Posted via the Android Central App
  • This should have been implemented in the 5.1.1 Note 4 update! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is really unfair! If Samsung does not update TouchWiz along with Marshmallow, I'm either going stock Android or moving to iOS. I might consider Xiaomi as well. Note that some Note 4 variants haven't even received 5.1.1
    I wouldn't bet on 6.0 this year. Posted.
  • When o had the Note 4 I think I only seen at most 2-3 updates. Whether AT&T or SS, that was horrible for a premium device. I've seen so many updates on ZF2 I lost count. Most updated phone I ever owned. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No sign of 5.1 in the uk, and we've got zero chance of seeing 6.0 this year. We didn't get lollipop until April! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just an FYI - you can do this on the GS6 as well. Posted via Galaxy S6
  • Just download Nova, already
  • I agree, this is a limited selection, and that fact that you could not to be able to change it in prior versions is why I started using Nova in the first place. I use 9x5...
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  • Yes. With these. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Thanks. I totally asked for messaging apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just install Action Launcher 3 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or even better (for the massively massive mass majority anyways) Nova Launcher Prime! Where you can hide apps that you can't disable. TouchWiz removed the ability to hide apps that can't be disabled about 3 years ago. Even the Alcatel Idol 3 allows you to disable the stock Internet or stock email app if you want to use Chrome, Inbox, or whatever. Plus as a bonus, this plug includes a free link to said application ;-) PRIME: https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... FREE: https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Gotta love great advice Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or, Nova already. Touchwiz...sheesh Goodbye, Galaxy Nexus... Hello Nexus 6
  • Cool!
  • I'm an odd ball in that I actually like the 4 x 4 grid like my note 4 had because the widgets are larger and its what always separated my notes from my LG's. I usually used nova on my LG but touchwiz isn't that bad anymore and I don't want to lose the ability to pin action memos to my home screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Next article headline: "How to lock and unlock your phone" Please stop shoveling these trash articles onto your site Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stop crying. Android Central side from its Huffington Post-like politics is great! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a pointless article. Anyone who doesn't know how to do this already also doesn't know how to add widgets to the home screen and most likely doesn't care about either. My wife is like this, she doesn't even know what a custom launcher or a widget is. She only got the S6 because she doesn't like apple.
  • Is there a way to make the home screen be able to swipe both ways from the home screen on the note 5? I was able to swipe infinitely in both directions on my GS5 and can't find anything in the settings.
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