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How to edit the homescreens on the LG G4

This is the LG G4. There are many like it, but this one is mine. I must master my phone as I master my life... and while your homescreen may not be the most important thing to learn on a new phone, having a homescreen that fits your habits will make using your phone faster and less frustrating. Whether you're the type to put all your app icons on your homescreen or you like to keep things simple and clean, there's a homescreen for everyone, and it probably isn't the one that was pre-configured on your phone. Besides, you're gonna look at this phone at least 30 times a day, you might as well put a wallpaper on it that makes you smile.

Let's personalize!

Removing an app from your dock to make room for another is simple.

First things first, here's how to clear up some space on your homescreen, get rid of the clutter. To delete an app on your homescreen dock, press and hold it. The main section of the screen will shrink slightly to make room for two options at the top of the screen: uninstall and remove. Uninstall will uninstall the app, completely removing it from your phone, while Remove will simply get rid of the app shortcut on your homescreen.

Pinch and add.

The other way to add some space is by adding another page to your homescreen, which you can do by pinching in from the edges of the screen. You can add a screen by tapping the plus icon, or you can remove screens by pressing them and dragging them up to the Remove bar at the top of the screen.

Now it's time to start putting new things on your screen. Long-press on any blank space on your screen, the homescreen will shrink a bit to make room for a drawer at the bottom of the screen. From this drawer we can add new app shortcuts, widgets, and set new wallpapers. To add an app shortcut, you tap the apps tab in the drawer, then you can scroll through all of your installed apps for the one you want to add. You can also add directly from the app drawer, which is where you'll have to add apps you want on your dock. To add, long-press the app icon and then drop it where you want it.

Now, on to widgets. For users unfamiliar with widgets, they're self-contained bits of an app that can give you some feature from that app without having to actually open up that app. Widgets can be as simple as a shortcut bar that takes you to certain folders or new documents — such as Google Drive's widget — or playback controls for your media — like Play Music or Pandora. LG puts the Smart Notice widget on your primary homescreen, which acts as both clock, weather widget, and a landing spot for Smart Notice cards.

Pick your wallpaper source, then your wallpaper.

As with an app, drag a widget up to the screen, make sure the space is big enough for your widget — sadly, you can't resize widgets in the stock Home launcher, but we'll save that for third-party launchers — and drop into place.

Now, for wallpapers, you'll see options for your photo apps, live wallpapers — which are animated wallpapers rather than regular old static pictures — and wallpaper apps. Many apps come with wallpaper galleries, such as Moonshine (opens in new tab), which is a material icon pack with a variety of material-inspired wallpapers for you to choose from. After entering one of these apps and finding a photo or wallpaper you like. You have the option to crop a wallpaper before setting it, or you can set it with the default size. If you're setting a wallpaper using a Gallery picture, you'll have the option to select a single image for all frames of your homescreen or a wider section of the image which will scroll as you scroll homescreens.

Once you get the hang of these basics, not only will you be more comfortable with the homescreen on your phone, but it'll be easier for you to navigate other phones down the road. Soon you'll be setting customized widgets and new wallpapers every day. Then you can experiment with third-party launchers like Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, maybe even test out predictive launchers like Aviate. And if you're interested in how out team sets up their homescreens, we've shared them with you.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

25 Comments
  • Outstanding Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah..................... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I went into this article thinking it was was for noobs only. Ha, good write Ara! I'll be checking out Moonshine.
  • Thank you.
  • Definitely is for noobs Posted via the Android Central App
  • No way. Any experienced android user knows that stock launchers are the way to go, lol
  • Actually LG has a better launcher than most. Lg home and sense are the only two oem launchers I'd use. I like how lg home works with most icon packs in the play store too. I'm going with marshmallow via AC app.
  • IDK. Sense launchers are pretty smooth, but LG and samsung launchers are are pretty janky and studder quite a bit in my experience. Decent customs are so much better, smoother, and feature packed overall IMO. Gestures alone are enough to keep me from using a stock launcher. Being able to use icon packs with LG's launcher is pretty cool though. Especially since going with square/voxel type native app icons is a bit mehhh IMO
  • Gotta start somewhere, I started on a huawei ascend plus, moved on to a S3 now I'm on a Nexus 6. The second you stop learning and claim to know it all is the second you become a dumbass. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, this article really is for new users. But still well written and worthwhile, because there are always new users around.
  • Upgrading from a GS3 this phone is really great so far. Posted via Android Central App
  • Awesome Posted via the Android Central App
  • A very good and informative read. I was just talking about this topic with my friend earlier about making your home screen yours. Posted via someone's Note 4
  • What I want to know if anybody can help, is there a way to shut off the shutter sound on the camera?
  • Nope. On the G3, you needed to root to fix that. Posted via the HTC One M9
  • Put the phone in silent mode ;) I'm going with marshmallow via AC app.
  • Silent mode? I did put it on vibrate mode instead of sound and that worked. Thanks.
  • That's the only I fly Posted via Android Central App
  • Perfect way to start Posted via the Android Central App
  • For me the first thing that had to go was the home screen widget- it's both fugly and irritating. I replaced it with HD Widgets which not only looks great, it gives me direct access to my favorite calendar, weather, and clock apps. The second thing to go was the ugly wallpaper, replaced by Smart Weather Wallpaper. After that, it was just a matter of organizing and putting everything where I like it.
  • If you like HD Widgets, you might like to try Chronus. Very functional and easy to customise clock, weather, calendar, etc widget. Can set favourites too.
  • No news to report, so back to bs Posted via My G2
  • Excellent article. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I installed new Cloudy ROM on G3, which brings many G4 UI elements. So far it's working very well. However I HATED process of adding widgets, where you have to scroll through never ending list of widgets to get to the one you wanted. God save you if you (like me) needed a widget from Universal remote... Did I miss any trick, or is widget adding UI really that crappy on G4 as well?
  • No, no trick, it's really that slow. The way Nova did it before the material overhaul was my favorite widget method.