I'm sure you already know what the home screen is, but to avoid any confusion it's the first screen you see when you unlock your phone. The place for app shortcuts and widgets.
Here are some of our top tips for maximising your home screen experience.
Customise the navigation bar
Not happy with the default order of your navigation bar? No problem, you can now change it to suit your needs.
How to change the navigation bar
To update your navigation bar follow these simple steps.
- Go to Settings > Display > Navigation Bar
You can now change the order of the buttons to suit.
Edit your home screen
One of the great things about Android is it's ability to customise almost everything. The home screen is no different!
How to edit the home screen
By doing a "long press" on any home screen you can then edit many settings including:
- and more...
From this area you can also add or remove screens. Make your mobile experience truly yours!
Android 10 gesture navigation
By default, your S20 setup will offer Samsung's three icon navigation but with Android 10, a new "gestures" setting was added.
How to enable Android 10 gestures
To enable the new gesture options, simply follow these steps:
- Open Settings > Display > Navigation Bar
From here you can choose between "buttons" or "full screen gestures" - not only that but you can also tap on the "more options" to customise further!
Full screen gestures allow you to swipe up from the bottom to go home, or in from the side to go back.
Samsung have introduced a feature known as "Samsung Daily" - which is a daily feed including world news, sport, weather and more! This feature is hidden to the left of your home screen and can be accessed by swiping left.
Like most Android features, this can be customised to suit your needs. You can change what it shows you by opening the menu (top right) and selecting the items you want to see.
How to turn off Samsung Daily
If you don't want Samsung Daily, you can "long press" and you'll enter the home screen controls. Swipe to the right and the Samsung Daily panel will appear. If you don't want the Samsung Daily panel on your home screen, just turn this off.
Customise the status bar
The status bar sits at the top of your screen showing you important information. If you want to change what is shown here, you can, by following these simple steps.
- Go to Settings > Notifications > Status Bar
From here you can update the available options, such as limiting to three notification icons - or all of them! You can also choose to show/hide battery percentage info.
Organise your apps into folders
Keep your home screen clean, tidy and organised by grouping apps into logical (or not) folders.
How to create a folder
To create a new folder you simply drag one app on top of another and a folder is automatically created for you. Should you decide that you want to remove an app from a folder, simply "long press" the app icon and you will see a pop-up menu with options to remove it.
If you want to add another app into the folder, there are two ways:
- Drag the app into the folder from the home screen
- Click the "+" button from within the folder
How to rename a folder
Not happy with the folder name? No problem - change it!
To rename a folder, all you need to do is open the folder and enter the new name you want at the top. You could also leave it blank and no name will be shown.
You can also customise the background colour. To do this, tap the dot in the right-hand corner and select your preferred colour. You can also choose a completely custom colour to make it suit your style!
How to remove a folder
If you no longer need a folder, "long press" on the folder and then select "remove from home". The folder and app shortcuts will disappear.