Samsung Galaxy S3 Home Screen Setup: How to Delete, Add, Arrange, Change It Easily

As we know that the Samsung Galaxy is the flagship smartphone from Samsung that comes with powerful hardware, software and set of useful features. There are many things we can do with this phone by utilizing existing features, both visible and hidden in the settings.

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One of the nice things we can do with this phone is that we can customize the home screen with our desires, as we know this phone has a 7 homes screen, then even we can delete then add a new one on it, or we can arrange one by one existing homes screen in order really to our liking as written by site androidcentral.com. Interesting, isn't it?

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Well, first we have to do to be able to customize the home screen on the Galaxy SIII is by first getting to the home screen edit screen. It's easy. You can start it by go to any home screen-> Touch and hold the screen -> Select the Add to home screen -> Touch the Page tab. Now, all of your home screen has been displayed and you can customize to your liking, including delete and add new ones.


How to delete home screen?
Yes, you can posiblly do this thing now. It's very easy to delete the home screen, simply by select one of the seven homes screens displayed then drag it to the trash icon. The screen will be deleted after you confirm delete on the next page.



How to Add new home screen?
Once you successfully deleted one, place of previous screen has been deleted will be a sign (+), it means that now you can add a new screen in this place by touch the sign (+). After that will come the home screen editing screen that you can use to add the app icons and widgets you want into your new screen.



How to rearrange the home screen?
In addition to deleting and adding a new screen, you can also rearrange the existing seven home screen in the order you want. By default, the phone will use the middle screen as the default home screen, while the screen on the left and the right is a screen you can swipe to the left or on right of the default screen. However, if you want to change the position of the left and right of the screen to your liking, then follow the steps below:
  1. Select the screen you want to change its position by touch and hold it.
  2. Determine the new position you want to this screen with drag it to the new place. You could put it next to the default screen or wherever you want.
  3. Exit from editing mode and swipe through home screen to confirm changes to the placement of the new screen.

How to change the default screen?
Perhaps in addition to rearrange the position of the left and right screen, you may also want to change the default screen to screen you wish to be. Usually the default screen has a Clock / Weather widget on the top. Well, if you want to change the default screen, it is very easy, simply by follow the steps below:
  1. Note any house icon on the upper right in seventh existing screen.
  2. Touch the house icon on the screen that you want to be the default screen.
  3. House icon on the screen that you choose will turn blue.
  4. A notification will appear to inform you that the default screen has changed.

With all of the things mentiond above, you can make your phone truly as you wish. So, do you have your own tips and tricks about home screen on Galaxy SIII? If so, I am very happy if you willing to share them via the comment below :)

51 comments:

  1. My basic mode home screen has gone blank. I've tried several re-sets, selecting easy mode and going back to basic mode but it's still blank while the others seem to be fine.
    Can you Help?

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      Seeing from your problem, this may a hardware problem. If you still have a warranty, will be better you contacted your seller or carrier then send your S3 to them to get checked, repair or maybe replacement in accordance with the contract that you agreed to.
      Hope it help you :)

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  2. I've been trying to find something to tell me how to remove those 4 icons on the home page!! They are in my way and I can't remove them, can't find a way to. Any ideas on that?

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    1. Hi Jamie,
      I'm so happy to read your comment here.
      Previously, did you mean the icon on the home screen dock? If so, until I wrote this reply I have not found a way to remove these 4 default icon, but you can change or replace them with another icon. You can following the steps below to replace them:
      1. Tap and hold the icon on the home screen dock then move it upwards.
      2. Drag the icon to your Home screen then release it.
      3. This icon will move to the Home screen and you will have an empty place in your dock that you can fill with any other icon you want.
      4. Find the icon or folder you want to put in the blank spot on the dock.
      5. Tap and hold the icon or folder then drag it down into the dock. Release it when you finish put it in the dock.
      6. Now your new icon will replace the default icon in your dock.
      7. You can do the same for another icon in your dock.

      Or you can try to use another launcher which can be obtained through the Play Store, like Nova Launcher, ADW Launcher, Apex Launcher, etc.. Some users reported they could solve their problem with it.

      Hope this answer will help :)

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  3. Hi ... I have a problem deleting the apps on my s3.. i hold on to the app and below it appear 'screen edit locked' ... how can i unlock it? Even tried to go to the home page to delete the apps.. but whenever i tried to hold on to the app, it appears'screen edit locked' i cant even do anything :((.. Can someone help me?.. Thanks! :D

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for coming and leave your comment here.
      Previously, I would like to know what launcher are you using now? Stock launcher or else? Due to some launcher has this as a built in feature to prevents unexpected modifications, eg ADW Launcher or Next Launcher.
      Try this tips:
      > If you use ADW Launcher, tap the Settings button and see if there is unlock option, if yes toggle this option to lock or unlock.
      > If you use Next Launcher, tap Preferences-> Advanched setting-> Screen edit locked. Toggle this option to lock or unlock.
      > Or try to tap the Menu key then select More ... see if there is an icon that looks like a padlock, if yes toggle it to lock or unlock your Home screen.
      Hope it helps :)

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  4. How can I change the weather info on my home screen. The time and date is correct, but the small date for the weather is stuck on 3/21/13 and the weather picture continues to show snow and 22 degrees. How can I set the weather info so it will always reflect current info.

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    1. Hi There,
      Thanks for visiting and leave your comment here.
      Try to use auto refresh weather by go to Setting-> Security-> Lockscreen-> Weather-> Auto refresh. Or you can tap the widget then tap the Menu key, here you can find auto refresh option.
      Hope it helps :)

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  5. I mistakenly removed the weather and time info from my home screen. How do I get it back?

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    1. Hi buddy,
      Try to do the steps below:
      1. Long press on Home screen.
      2. On pop up menu select Apps and widgets.
      3. Tap Widgets.
      4. The stock clock is in the last widgets panel. Long press on it to put it on your home screen.

      Hope it helps :)

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  6. Hello, I have a problem with my S3. on the home screen whenever i am using the phone, i can still see icons in the background like it is imprinted on the screen. whenever i have a white background (e.g Google), i see the icons. is my screen damage or it their something else i can do to don't see it whenever i am on a white background page

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      What icon do you mean? Have you ever tried to restart your phone? Is the problem still there after you do that?

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  7. Some how I have removed the clock widget from easy screen. How do I get it bavk?

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for write me a comment.
      In order not to repeat the same answer, you can read my answer for Anonymous two comments above you.
      Hope it helps :)

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  8. I have a strange problem with my samsung galaxy s3 empty home screens. When i want delete them the phone freezes en after that i got the masage toutchwizz dont work anymore.
    After that it opens a lot of apps.

    Someone here know what kind of isue that is?
    In the pas i started the phone in savemode.

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    1. Hi Abderrahim Zeriouh,
      Your problem also experienced by many Galaxy S3 users out there, especially after they were update to the Jelly Bean. Here I outline some relevant solution for your problem:
      1. Try to go to Settings> Application Manager> All> TouchWiz Home> Clear Data.
      2. Try to go to Settings-> Developer option-> change Window animation scale and Transition animation scale to 5X or you can turn it off so that your phone can work faster without having to load any animation. If you can't find developer option on your phone, go to Setting>about device then scroll to the bottom and tap build number 7 times to get access to the developer options.
      Hope it helps :)

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  9. HI
    How can you alphabetize the items on the home screen?

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    1. Hi Charles,
      I Don't know whether it will work on Home screen or not. But, you can sort the icon on the app drawer alphabetically by tap the Menu key and on the pop up menu select View type then tap Alphabetical List.
      Hope it helps :)

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  10. Holding my finger on the screen to bring up the icon to remove pages - but the option for add to home screen is not there - any suggestions?

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    1. Hi bmurph920,
      I'm so sorry for late answer.
      Try to go to your Home screen then use the pinch gesture to zoom out and see all your screens. Here you should be able to add the new ones.
      Hope it helps :)

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  11. Hi, I need your help for deleting extra home screen. It was working fine earlier but today when I try deleting the extra home screen and drag it to trash can it gives the error "unfortunately touch homewhiz stopped working" I have also cleared the chache and from app manager but its not helping either.

    i really hope you guys have a solution to it. thanks.

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    1. Hi Nabil Zaffar,
      Thanks for coming here.
      Seems you have a similar problem with Abderrahim Zeriouh who also leave his comment here. If you were did clear Touchwiz home from the app manager but it still didn't working for you, then you may want to try these two options below:
      1. Go to Settings-> Developer option-> change Window animation scale and Transition animation scale to 5X or you can turn it off, this will make your phone works faster because it will no need to load any animation.
      2. Go to Settings> Under Device tap Home screen mode> tap Easy mode> tap Apply.

      Finally, let me know if it works for you :)

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  12. I have an s3 and i got a new feature when i updated my device, this feature is the extra homescreen i get when i plug in my headset. somehow this extra homescreen i used to get stopped appearing whenever i plug in my headset. any help ?

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    1. Hi Tendo Pain,
      Thanks for coming here and also I'm so sorry for the late answer. I've tried to find what is causing your problem and how to fix it. Unfortunately, so far I've not found the cause and solution to your problem. Hope anybody here who have the same issue with yours and know how to fix it willing to share with us.
      Btw, I likes your photo profile because I also like Naruto anime :)

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  13. so I understand how to delete main pages and move them but how do I get to the screen where I'm able to do that? like the main screen that shows all seven pages so that you can move them around and what not I can't figure out how to get to that page

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    1. Hi Randon,
      Thanks for comings.
      You need to go to Home screen-editing screen as I've explained on this post. But, here I'll re-write it again step by step to make you easier to do so:
      1. Go to any Home screen, then long press the screen.
      2. On pop up menu select Add to Home screen.
      3. On next pop up menu select Page.
      4. You should see all of your Home screens are displayed. now they can be edited, deleted or rearranged.

      Hope this helps :)

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  14. i am glad to find this q & a! i hope you can help with what seems like a minor issue but i cannot for the life of me figure this out!

    when i swipe up to unlock the screen on my s3, i am automatically opened to the setup email screen. this is frustrating as i have already configured my gmail app and it works fine.

    I would like mg home screen to display upon unlocking. any assistance would be appreciated.

    cat

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    1. Hi Catherine Loftis,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to go to Settings > Lock screen > Lock screen options> Turn off Shortcuts by sliding the slider to the left. This will turn off the shortcuts on the lock screen. Now, try to swipe up your phone to unlock it and see whether the problem is still there or not.
      Hope this helps :)

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  15. Hi, I deleted the wheather picture on my s3 basic mode, how csn I get it back?

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    1. Hi Maryam Anang,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to long press on Home screen> on pop up menu select Apps and widgets> Tap Widgets> The stock clock is in the last widgets panel, long press on it to put it on your home screen.
      Hope this helps :)

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  16. I have downloaded "WhatsApp" on my S3 mobile phone. However, on the screen it is being displayed 'twice', instead of a single app. Kindly suggest how to remove one of them.

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    1. Hi Zahid Khan,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to completely uninstall your WhatsApp on your phone then try to install it again and see whether it helps :)

      Delete
  17. Hi
    Thanks for your helpful page and your friendly contribution.
    I have a Galaxy SIII and while editing Easy Mode Home Screen, I deleted the default "favorite app" page.
    Then I tried to undo my mistake but no clue. Do you have any suggestion.
    Thanks in advance :)

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    1. Hi Homayooon,
      Thanks for the visit, comment and kind word.
      Theoretically it should be the same as when you add the apps on the basic mode Home screen. So, kindly visit our post about add the apps or widget to the Home screen here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/03/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-add-and-delete.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  18. I turned my phone on this morning and I noticed the message app had gone from my icons in the bottom dock - it is however on one of my home screens so I dragged it down to the bottom dock again. Upon restarting the phone the icon had disappeared again - everytime I get the icon back in the right place it just disappears again after restarting. Ps I turn my phone off every night so this is going to happen every day now. I also rearranged all my apps yesterday but messages is still on the home screen so I don't see what the problem is.

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    1. Hi Debbie ONeil,
      Thanks for coming.
      I also don't know exactly why the icon always disappear whenever the phone is restarted. But, you may have to try to put the Messaging apps icon into the folder and drag the folder to the dock then see whether it still disappear or not when you restart the phone. Also try to add another icon to the dock then see, does it also disappear as same as the Message apps icon?

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  19. I have a similar issue to Debbie. Since I had my S3 (about 8 months), From day 1, I had 5 icons in the dock: Phone, Email, Messaging and Camera (plus the Apps icon). I had no problems until this week.

    Now even without turning the phone off, sometimes the Email icon disappears. I can put it back, and the next time I use my phone, it is gone again.

    I'm using the stock launcher.

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    1. Hi Adam,
      Thanks for coming.
      Also I'm so sorry, I have no idea to help you to solve this problem. If you noticed that you make some changes before you encountered it, then it may be the causes. If you feel very annoyed with it, then the last effort you can do is by factory reset the phone, but make sure to backup first the data on your phone.
      Hope this helps :)

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  20. Why do 4 icons appear on my home screen (tel, google, internet browser and camera) but don't work unless I drag the screen to unlock it, at which point it changes to my usual home screen and the icons change place. So why are they there in the first place??

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    1. Hi Denise Hurst,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately, I still can't figure out why these icons should be swiped first to works. Anyway, did you make any changes or install any apps before you realize that you encountered this problem? I don't know if it works or not, but try to turn off motion and turn off lock screen then see whether it helps.

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  21. I gave this weird shortcuts type of bar on the left side of my phone. It showed up after an update. Any idea how to remove it,?? Its always there even when I screenshot.

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    1. Hi Shronda Eubanks,
      Thanks for coming.
      May be what you mean is multiwindow feature, some of users who already have updated their phone to the Android 4.1 also noticed that they have type of bar in the left side of the phone. If you want to get rid this feature, long press on the Back key then disable multiwindow feature from there.

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  22. I was clearing data & cache for more storage & I must of cleared something I shouldnt have. I cant set homescreen image from my pic gallery anymore...help ?

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    1. Hi Karen Jones,
      Thanks for coming.
      I don't know exactly what happen with your phone.
      But, there are some methods that you can do change Home screen background image. So, kindly visit our post associated with change Home screen background image here:
      - use Samsung wallpaper: http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-change-home.html
      - use your own picture on gallery:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-change-home_15.html
      - use live wallpaper:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/06/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-set-live.html
      - use image from the web:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/08/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-set-image-from.html

      Finally, let me know if one of these articles is works for you :)

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  23. My S3 worked just fine w/ the open-w/-a-swipe arrangment. But ever since plugging it into my laptop to download pics it has changed to displaying a padlock icon which I must slide over to the unlocked padlock icon to open the phone. How do I get back to the swipe setting?

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  24. My S3 switched itself from Swipe to unlock to an icon of a padlock that I must slide over to an adjacent unlocked padlock icon. How do I get back to the normal swipe mode please?

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    1. Hi Rich Turck,
      Thanks for coming and also so sorry for late reply.
      First, try to turn off lock screen then re-set the way you want to unlock your lockscreen, such as swipe or PIN or password. If you don't know how to turn off lock screen, then kindly visit our post about it here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-turn-off.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  25. Hello! I hope you can help me!
    I'm trying to add a new home screen but my +pages is gone. I can remove a home screen but don't have the option to add one .. not sure how it happened. I tried both 'pinch'ing the home screen and going through settings.

    So you know a way to do this?

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    1. Hi Samantha Marth,
      Thanks for coming and so sorry for late answer.
      Try to use another third-party launcher (such as Nova launcher or ADW launcher) then try to add additional home screen from there. If you have managed to do so, then switch back to the stock launcher then do the same and see whether it works :)

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  26. Hii...I am not ablee to move my home page.....as in the wall paper doesnt move....it stopped suddenly.. and when I switch off and on the phone it shows you can safely rwmove the sd card...and it cant be seen....pls plss help me outtt

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    1. Hi Dhanu,
      Thanks for coming.
      I don't know it will works or not. But, try to change animation scale value or turn it off under Settings>developer option. Restart the phone then see whether it helps :)

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