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How to Rearrange, Add and Remove Home Screen Panels on Samsung Galaxy S4

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The home screen panel is the extension of your home screen. On the home screen, application icons, widgets, folders and pages are placed on the home screen panels. Unlike the application drawer panels, the number of home screen panels is limited to four by default. If all four of those panels become full with items, your phone will not allow you to add more items onto your home screen. In order to give yourself more space for icons, you can add a home screen panel. You can also rearrange or delete home screen panels. The procedures to add, rearrange and remove home screen panels are listed below.

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Adding a new home screen panel

If you feel that you need more space on your home screen, you can add more home screen panels to provide more space for the items you want to place on it. To do this:

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    Go to your home screen by pressing the "Home" button.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button {lower left, soft button}.

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    From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page".

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    You will see a page where all of your home screen panels are shown, tap on a blank home screen with a "+" on it.

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    The new home screen panel will now be added to your Home screen.

    You can verify this by going to your Home screen and scroll to the last panel.

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Moving a new home screen panel

If you need to rearrange the way your home screen panels are sequenced, you can do so by following these steps:

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    Go to your home screen by pressing the "Home" button.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button {lower left, soft button}.

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    A list of menus will come up.

    Tap on "Edit page"

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    On the edit page menu, tap and hold a panel preview.

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    Drag the panel preview to your desired location.

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    When the chosen home screen panel preview is in the desired spot, release it.

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    The new arrangement should take effect.

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    Check on the new home screen panels arrangement to confirm.

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Removing a home screen panel

If you need less home screen panels, you can remove any home screen panel by following the steps below:

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    Go to your home screen by pressing the home button.

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    Tap on the menu button {lower left, soft button}.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button {lower left, soft button}.

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    From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page".

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    You will now see all of your Home screen panels.

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    Tap and hold on the panel that you want to remove and drag it to the Remove button (Trash bin icon) to remove it.

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    The selected home screen panel is now removed.

    Verify that the screen panel has been deleted by going to your Home screen.

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How to delete a page on Galaxy S4

You may have come to a point that you got so excited about using your phone that you installed any application that you wanted. Later on you realized that some of these applications are useless, so you deleted half of them. You organized your applications so that no blank spaces will be on screen. That's when you realized that you now have two blank pages. To delete them:

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    Do a pinching gesture {put two fingers to the screen and pull them closer to each other}.

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    You will see the layout of your pages and the trash bin icon on top of the screen.

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    Drag a blank page to that trash bin to delete the page.

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  • Remember: You cannot delete a page that has application icons on it. You can only delete a blank page. You can move applications by dragging them to another page.

How to add icon or widget on your home screen on Samsung Galaxy S4

You can add your favorite app on your home screen for a quick access to it. Here is how:

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    Tap the "Home" button.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button.

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    Tap on the "Menu" button {lower left, soft button}.

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    Tap on "Add apps and widgets".

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    From the list of installed Apps, tap and hold on a selected Apps until you will be taken to the Home screen.

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    Drag the icon to your desired location.

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    Do the same process if you want to add a widget.

    This time, tap on the widgets tab after tapping on "Add apps and widgets".

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    From the list of available Widgets, tap and hold on a selected Apps until you will be taken to the Home screen.

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    Drag the icon to your desired location.

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    Repeat the process to add more application icons or widgets.

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Another way to do it is:

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    Tap the "Home" button.

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    Long press {about three seconds} an empty spot on your home screen until the menu shows up.

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    Tap the app and then select the app or widget you want and it will create that icon on the same spot where you did the long press.

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How to delete icons apps or widgets off home screen on Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Press the "Home" button and select the icon you want remove.

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    Hold and drag the icon into the "X Remove" on the upper portion of your screen.

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    Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all undesired icons are removed on your home screen.

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    You can also remove widget on your home screen by holding and dragging the widget into the "X Remove" on the upper portion of your screen.

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  • Note: Removing the icons and widgets on your home screen will NOT delete the actual application. You are just deleting the shortcut on the home screen so do not worry.

Accidentally deleted a page, can it be reinstated?

When a page has been accidentally deleted, the shortcut icons on it will also be deleted and there is no way to reinstate them automatically. Take note that only shortcuts of the applications were deleted. However, since only the shortcuts were deleted, you can make the same page as the one deleted by following the procedures below:

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    Add a new page.

    To add a new page, you just need to do the similar pinching gesture when you deleted the page only this time, you will need to tap on the

    + sign to add a new page. Your new blank page should now appear.
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    Recreate the deleted page.

    You can now start adding shortcut icons and arrange them similarly as how it was arranged on the deleted page.

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  • Though a deleted page cannot be reinstated to undo the deletion, you can still recreate the page to have the deleted page and shortcut icons back.

Video Tutorial

For your convenience we have recorded these instructions in a video. You can watch this video to help clarify the instructions in this Wiki. Please keep in mind that the Wiki is always being updated, so the Wiki instructions may be more up to date than the video. Video Tutorial

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Tips

  • Removing a home screen panel also removes the items on it.
  • If you do not want to remove the items, you can retain them by moving them to another home screen panel before deleting the desired home screen panel. The Howiki on how to move items to another home screen panel is here: Rearrange Items on the Home Screen of Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Items that were deleted with the home screen panels were not uninstalled from your phone -- only the shortcut icons were deleted.


Questions and Answers

How do i get rid of the blank app pages on samsung galaxy s4?

Uninstalling applications:

  • Tap → Uninstall, and then select an application to uninstall it.

Default applications that come with the device cannot be uninstalled

  • An application page will be automatically deleted once it becomes empty. You may be referring to your Home screen panel/ If you want to delete blank Home screen panels on your Samsung Galaxy S4, go to the blank page and perform a "pinching gesture". This will show all the available Home screens. Tap on the selected home screen and drag it to the Remove button (Trash bin icon) to delete it. Take note that even non-empty home screen panels can be deleted using this process.

You can add or remove home screen panels in your phone by simply going to the Home screen. Once you are in the home screen tap the option menu or setting menu and choose Add or Remove Page and simply delete and remove your unwanted blank app pages.

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This will depend on where you are receiving your blank pages whether this is on the browser through your application or on the application itself. If you are seeing blank pages on the application then you can simply force stop the app and clear data from the settings>>application manager screen once you have located the application.

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Deleting blank folder on s4?

To delete a blank folder on Samsung Galaxy S4, please do the following.

  • Touch and hold the folder you want to delete.
  • Then after 3 seconds of holding the folder icon, the "X Remove" option will appear on the upper-right corner of your screen.
  • Drag the folder to "X Remove".
  • That`s it. Your folder is now deleted.
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  • Go to the apps page, press the menu softkey.
  • Click view type, select customizable grid.
  • Hit the menu soft key again.
  • Click edit, and you should be able drag and drop the folder to the trash.

The [+] sign is not showen in my "Edit Page"?

hi, if anyone can help - i am not getting the [+] sign on "EDIT PAGE" menu. Hence am unable to add a new panel to my samsung galaxy S4. i am restricted to just 3 panels.

Sometimes, you cannot see the + sign on the menu, but I think you can still add more than 3 panels. There still should be some other option like, add panel or something similar to it. If you are restricted then maybe this can be due to your phone`s courier and has a lock function and limits of 3 panels.

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On the Edit page menu you can in fact add a page to your device in this menu. If you cannot perform this option in this menu then perform the following steps in order to add a page:


1. Go to your home screen

2. Press and hold on the screen

3. tap on the add page tab to add a page to your device

I want to remove widgets from my galaxi s4 home screen?

What must I do, I am following the manuals instructions by tap and holdinging the widgets to drag it, but it rather activates it and open the application

You can do the following to make sure that you get to move the apps where you want to place them:

  • on your menu, press the app/widget (do not lift your finger it until you see a create folder icon and a trash can icon above the screen)
  • drag the app icon/widget to the trash can icon
  • it should now be removed from the home screen
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You can also watch this how-to video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQyhWylTAQg‎

Can you tele me what is going on? When I push on the app on the screen, this app is not moving is like frozen?

Problem with app, the app is like frozen

You can simply perform the following steps in order to fix the application that is causing problems:

1. Go to settings
2. Go to Application Manager
3. Visit the application that is frozen
4. Press the uninstall button
5. Press the install button

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I cannot find an option to add or remove a page on the menu options?

With the upgrade to the latest Jelly Bean version, adding or removing a page or home screen pane on your device have changed. Follow these procedures to add or remove home screen panels on your Galaxy S4:

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  • Get to your S4's Home screen by pressing on the Home key (located on the lower-middle part of the phone).
  • From Home screen tap on the Menu key to view available options from the Home screen.
  • From the list of options, choose "Edit page".
  • The list of Home screen panels will now show. To remove, tap and hold on a home screen panel and drag it to the trash bin icon on the top most part of the screen. To add a panel, tap on the plus "+" icon and you will now have a blank home screen panel added.
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Note: You can quickly go to the Edit page by going to your Home screen and doing a pinching gesture on your screen.

If you cannot find that option, you can still try to look for the sign + or plus sign and simply tap it to add another home screen panel. But if you could still not found the option regarding about your home screen panel. You can try using your two fingers, by swiping them together from left to right and right to left. They should be crossed to each other from the other side. Then you can see the home screen panel and simply tap the + or plus sign to add another home screen panel.

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On your home screen follow these steps:


1. press the menu button

2. tap on the edit page

3. press and hold over the page and drag to the remove icon at the top of the screen

I cannot move an application by using the "tap and hold" gesture, it opens that application instead. What should I do?

You may be doing it wrong. An application will not open when you tap and hold on it. Applications will only open once you tap on them. Tap and hold gesture means that you touch the application icon and put your finger on it for a few seconds. After about 1 seconds, the application can now be moved to your preferred location.

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You must be doing the "tap and hold" thing the wrong way. that`s why the application is opening. The proper way to do it is by touching the icon without lifting your finger until the icon becomes movable. When the icon becomes movable, dont lift your fingers yet, drag it to your desired location, then that`s it, you can now lift your finger.

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It has settings,send feedback and help?

Where is the add or change button

In order to bring up the option to change your home screen icons/panel you will simply need to press and hold on your home screen.


A pop up will present itself asking you if you would like to change your icons or your wallpaper on your device. This will allow you to add/remove or change elements on your home screen.

How to arrange widgets icons in one folder?

There are lots of widgets icon scattered around in widgets panel (total 13 panels. Need to know how to create a folder and dump in all these widgets into it. or can I remove the widgets. If remove; is that going to impact my major programs in the device.

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You can just remove the widgets that you are not using. It won`t affect any major program on your device. In fact, removing those widgets will make your phone even faster and consume less battery. To remove a widget on your home screen, simply do the following.

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  • Touch and hold the widget you wish to remove.
  • Wait until "Remove" appears on your screen.
  • While still holding the widget, drag it to "Remove".
  • Wait until the "Remove" icon turns red, then release it.
  • That`s it.

Can't add Gmail icon to home screen/panel on S4?

For S4, trying to add Gmail icon to Homepage. going through your steps, when I hold the gmail icon I am taken to the home screen put no icon to drag to a location. also, I want to remove the samsung email icon from the home screen but don't see how to delete it (or any icon)

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To add the Gmail icon on your home screen, please do the following.

  • Go to your apps list.
  • Touch and hold the Gmail icon.
  • You will now be taken to your home screen, release the icon on your desired location.

To remove the Samsung email icon on your home screen, simply do the following.

  • Touch and hold the Samsung email icon.
  • Drag it to the "Remove" icon, then release it when the "Remove" icon turns red.

MY SETTING ICON IS NOT WHERE I WANT IT. HOW DO I MOVE IT WHERE I WANT IT. IT IS ON THE APPLICATION PAGE?

MY SETTING ICON IS NOT WHERE I WANT IT. HOW DO I MOVE IT WHERE I WANT IT. IT IS ON THE APPLICATION PAGE

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  • If you have any problems with any of these steps please post in the comments section below.

Comments

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Anonymous user #1

227 days ago
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Thanks! This really helped.
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Anonymous user #2

216 days ago
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VERY HELPFUL!!!!
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Anonymous user #3

207 days ago
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Mine doesnt have an 'edit page', but my older one does...
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Howik AdminCaptain

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There is a limit of 7 panels unless you are willing to recompile the os.
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Anonymous user #4

194 days ago
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hi, if anyone can help - i am not getting the [+] sign on "EDIT PAGE" menu. Hence am unable to add a new panel to my samsung galaxy S4. i am restricted to just 3 panels.

Pls help !!
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Anonymous user #5

177 days ago
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how can I delete the photo that shows when I turn on my phone
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Anonymous user #6

169 days ago
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Sorry, your great how-to could not help me :
**7 panels** is probably the maximum, currently on my GS4… X-/
[ I remember I could add a lot more in the past, on GS2 at least… o_O ]
=> Please Google/Samsung, I am short of room !
(+) (+)
G
~s~
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Anonymous user #6

169 days ago
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Sorry, your great how-to could not work with me : no more (+) icon on my Android (v4.2.2)…
So, 7 panels is probably 'my' maximum, currently on my brand-new GS4… X-/
I remember I could add a lot more in the past, on GS2 at least… o_O
=> Please Google / Samsung, we are getting short of room, now !
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Anonymous user #7

89 days ago
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In the step: "On the edit page menu, tap and hold a panel preview." when I tap and hold, the app opens, therefore cannot move
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Anonymous user #8

88 days ago
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In the step: "From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page"."

no such thing in menu
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JcarrmaaRecruit

33 days ago
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In the step: "Drag the icon to your desired location."

offer tip if #5 works but in #6 icon doesn't appear (and so cannot be dragged to desired location
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JcarrmaaRecruit

33 days ago
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In the step: "Hold and drag the icon into the "X Remove" on the upper portion of your screen. "

only works for external apps....what about removing a samsung app???
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Anonymous user #9

32 days ago
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In the step: "From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page"."

Option not available
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Anonymous user #10

22 days ago
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In the step: "Tap on the menu button {lower left, soft button}."

There does not appear to be a "menu" lower left, soft button ????
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Anonymous user #11

15 days ago
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In the step: "From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page"."

That option is not on the menu.
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Anonymous user #12

13 days ago
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In the step: "From the available options, tap on "Add or remove a page"."

Mine says ""Edit page"
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