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How to change the home screen app grid size on the Galaxy S6

Samsung added the ability to move from a standard 4x4 app grid to a larger 4x5 or even 5x5 within its stock launcher, and it's super easy to do as well. While you'll still have to go to another launcher if you want something more advanced, if you just need to get a little higher information density the stock launcher has you covered — let us show you how it's done.

Galaxy S6 screen grid size

Just like the rest of the launcher settings, you'll need to pinch in or long press on a blank spot on the home screen to access them. In the case of the app grid size, you'll see three options immediately shown to you at the bottom of the zoomed-out view. By default you have a normal 4x4 grid — four icons across, four vertically — but can tap one of the other two options to move up to 4x5 or 5x5. Power users will probably go to the 5x5 grid to get as much on every screen as possible.

When you choose one of the higher densities you'll notice all of your current widgets, apps and folders get pulled up into a corner, opening up space for more of whatever you choose. Keep in mind that some (and fewer every day) widgets won't properly resize to a five-wide app grid, and you may have to just use them in their standard four-wide configuration. Beyond that small limitation, you'll notice the phone works the exact same — enjoy your more productive (and hopefully not totally cluttered) home screens!

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

65 Comments
  • Paid for Apex Launcher PRO.
    OEM launchers just can't compare. Rooted Galaxy S III Stock Galaxy Note 4
    Rooted LG G2
    (The Sprint Lover)
  • Unless your name is HTC or Sony.
    Those my personal favorites.
    I only use adw nova and other third party launchers with aosp roms. Posted via T-Mobile LG G3 running Cloudy 2.2
  • Nova prime Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why pay, when you can get it for free ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Features, support the developer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You get the features for free as well ;) but yeah, its good to support the developer :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's what, $2. Pay up you cheap bastard Posted
  • +1 Posted via my "Unlimited Everything" GALAXY NOTE 4
  • +1 Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Google rewards is great for this
  • Yes it is! Google+ All Day Everyday
  • +1 don't be an ass Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • lol +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why be a cheap fuck, when you can support developers who work hard to bring us awesome shit, so they can keep bringing us awesome shit in the future. Don't be a dick, support the developers! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's worth every penny. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • I feel the same way. I've forked out cplenty of money over the last year alone so many badass specialized apps. Can't stand that apple users account for most of paid mobile app revenues Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Exactly Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Who cares. Relax your tits people.
    But good for you guys for supporting the developer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • While I am all for supporting developers, if the (fairly expensive) flagship device you have purchased (such as the S6 in this case) already has the features, there is no reason to download an additional app! Unless of course you need extra features not included...
  • how about allowing us to get rid of the dots?
  • Talk to me when I can move the apps button to the middle. Posted via T-Mobile LG G3 running Cloudy 2.2
  • ^ this Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Google+ All Day Everyday
  • You can do it with Nova Launcher, move it anywhere you want. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Download Nova - Done! Posted via the Android Central App
  • ActIon Launcher 3 Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Apex Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Adw Posted via Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Here's a new one I discovered last week. Check out "L launcher" one of these days. I think it's excellent, and I'm picky about launchers. Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Never heard of that one. Off to the play store Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Sammy it would be great if I didn't need to upgrade to a new phone to get software features that I know would work on my S4.
  • But what about their sales??!!!!??!?!?!?!!!!??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It would make less people want to leave the company then they wouldn't have to worry about sales. The S4 is my last Samsung Device and I'm sure I'm not the only one. They've done themselves a favor with the S6 but how long until the pitch forks come out when updates are slow and that beautiful back glass starts cracking.
  • I hear ya, for sure. Me personally, ill be sipping the koolaid for a little while longer. I like their devices Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you look at the overall record, Samsung is the best with updates. Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • That's true. They go back 24 months. Other OEMS do 18 months. If Samsung came out and said they would support the s3 with lollipop, I wouldn't be surprised Posted via the Android Central App
  • They've really done a 180 this last year in many ways. Mostly good, but not all of course. What's never really talked about that I think is significant is that they basically updated their entire lineup of the last 2 years with the same UI with LP. They streamlined most of the flagship userbase at the cost of potential future sales to an extent. No more ugly ass touchwiz UI of old on the S4, Note 3, note 2, etc while the latest flagship owners have the current versions (the S6' UI is a marginal improvement IMO). That's definately a welcome change in strategy compared to what they and many OEM' s have done for so long to increase profits, keeping the old UI after updates. Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I have an S4 (and Nexus 4) planning to upgrade after Note 5 and Nexus release. I use Nova, don't root my phone and have been more than happy with my S4. I'll definitely do business with Samsung again, assuming the Note 5 has a removable battery or I choose to roll with the S6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stop the whining, S4 is over two years old, apparently you don't run a business, if you did you probably be done in less than a year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Another cheap person if your rocking the gs4 it's time for a new phone gezz . It's no wonder anybody other then Apple makes any money you guys never want to upgrade . The gs6 is the natural upgrade for s3 and s4 users Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cheap? What do you even know about me... I think school takes precedence over making Samsung richer. The only natural upgrade I see is a Nexus but some people have higher priorities in life...
  • Get the Nexus 6. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • He is trying to problem solve, not create more problems /s Posted via the Android Central App
  • LoL Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Like he said cheap, if you don't want to spend money, don't come here crying about Samsung not making your S4 feel like a 2015 flagship device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • @Phillip Pugh, do you expect people to get a new phone once a year? That's crazy. I have an S3 that I'm now using as a media device after 2 years of faithful service. If I wanted to or had to I could reactivate my S3 and it would run just fine. My S3 is running 4.4 and has all the latest updates. Oh and the natural upgrade for S3 S4 and S5 users is the Nexus 6. Cheers! Google+ All Day Everyday
  • You are right about everything except the natural upgrade. That would be the note or the s6 Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Though I know you're slightly kidding, slightly serious at the same time, there is nothing natural about going from a 4.7 to a 6 inch phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was just being a smart a$$ back to the clown who was being a smart a$$. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Touche Posted via the Android Central App
  • BTW that Richard Yarnell guy is blowing up Google+. He's seriously nuts. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • One dimensional and unwavering.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • He doesn't give up either. I thought I took him down a few weeks ago. Well he's back and he has zero f-cks to give, actually the only f-cks he does give are about Samsung. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • If you upgrade each year, instead of every 2 years, it's actually not that much more expensive. A 2 year old phone is practically unsellable, but a 1 year old phone you can easily sell.
    So: upgrade every 12 months, sell the old one and you're golden. Stop doing the 2 year carrier plan shit, and buy your phone unlocked and upfront.
  • so all S4 owners, even the ones waiting for the Note 5 are cheap? what a dumb thing to say. if people like us are the reason Samsung makes no money, than people like you are the reason our country is in so much debt. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Complete fail of a post, go away troll.
  • I hope Google will borrow this idea and bake it in natively to future versions of Android
  • This +1000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • They probably will, as they have done with many innovative Samsung features in the past.
  • Off topic, but any update on the transition to material for the AC app? T-Mobile Galaxy Exhibit 4G -> AT&T Galaxy S III -> AT&T/T-Mobile Nexus 4 -> T-Mobile HTC One Mini -> AT&T Nexus 5 Android 5.1
  • Good question. I'm looking forward to that!!! Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • As long as they keep the dark theme option. Google+ All Day Everyday
  • Love this feature. Definitely rocking that 5x5. From my s6 edge!
  • Back on topic. I have never used stock a launcher. The ones I use are holo, apex next 3d, all paid versions. So I've had this option for years.
    How this is news makes me think that it's a slow day
  • I think the fact that Samsung (the largest Android OEM seller) is including this feature which users have long called for in arguably the hottest device of the moment makes it newsworthy