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How to turn off 'add icons to home screen' in Android Oreo

Android gives you a lot of options to restore apps and settings when you're switching from an older phone, but if you're looking to set up your phone as new, you'll have to go to the Play Store and download apps individually. And that means turning off the option to add app icons to your home screen as you download them unless you want your device looking like an iPhone.

The setting to disable icons from being added to the home screen was in the Play Store settings, but Google switched things up with the Oreo update and moved it to the home screen settings. So if you've moved to a phone running Oreo and wanted to turn off the option to add icons to your home screen every time you download an app from the Play Store, read on.

How to turn off 'add icons to home screen' in Android Oreo

  1. Use the zoom-out gesture to reveal the home screen settings.
  2. Select Home settings.
  3. Toggle Add icon to Home screen to off.

How to turn off 'add icons to home screen' in Android Oreo

That's it! By default, the Google pane is located to the left of the home screen, but with Google Now making way for the feed, the information you see isn't as relevant anymore. If you'd like to disable that, you can do so from the home screen settings.

What's the first thing you do when you set up a new phone?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

14 Comments
  • 1st and foremost - Install Action Launcher 3.
    Turn off any unnecessary dings, pings, whistles & vibrations. (Battery conservation)
    Enable developer options and set the animation speeds to 0 (zero).
    Finish any security settings (fingerprints / PWs / Pin etc.)
    Install a Keyboard (BlackBerry, my personal favorite currently)
    Disable any "bloatware" or uninstall when can
    And then start putting the apps that I use most frequently on.
  • That's the zoom out gesture, not zoom in, to show home screen settings.
  • It is indeed! Fixed it.
  • I head to settings and pretty much go down the list untill I've got it like I want it. Then it's back to Home to rebuild my prefered appearance. It's the same for every phone. It does evolve slowly over time but I'm a creature of habit. Then wallpapers and ringtones.
  • Too bad this doesn't work on Oxygen OS 5. The idiots at OnePlus didn't see fit to add this feature. I use Nova Prime so it doesn't really affect me, but I just can't believe such an important feature was overlooked.
  • Useful stuff, thanks Harish
  • Why change it, after all this time and iterations?
    More change for the sake of change?
  • What if we are not using google's launcher?
  • Thanks!
  • Another reason I love android.
  • I actually backs up all my apps and games on my laptop and even keep them categorised in folders and I also keep them up to date. So the first thing I do when I get a new phone is copy everything and install them. I actually find it faster and saves me some data.
  • I actually want to have it enabled, but both the stock and Nova Launcher do not let it work for all cases.
    When I install an APK (via device or via PC), it never puts an app icon.
    For some reason, the new app icon only appear when the app was installed from the Play Store.
  • Anyone know how to do this on HTC U11?
  • I can't get the "pinch", "zoom" thing to work on the home screen on my P2 phone ... but what DID work was to just press & hold on a blank space on the home screen, and up popped the settings tool. Great! Thanks for the tip! As I'm totally new to the Androidsphere, coming from 7 years in the Windows phone world, any and all tips are appreciated!