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Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Add and Delete Applications or Widgets on Home Screen Easily

From the beginning we had agreed that the Samsung Galaxy SIII is a great high-end smartphone that comes with powerful specs and set of useful capabilities. With this phone you can do many things, even things that have not previously been thought of by you. Even so, to be able to get full of advantages of this phone you need some tricks to get it.

See also: 10 Useful Tips to Optimize Samsung Galaxy S3 Performance

One of the things that may need to learn is about how to customize your phone's home screen. Home Screen itself is an important part when we use this phone because of all the activity start here. In previous articles we have learned about how to setup the home screen, so now we will learn how to add and remove apps or widgets on the Home screen of your phone.

See also: How to Delete, Add, Arrange and Change Samsung Galaxy S3 Home Screen Setup

With customize the Home screen you can personalized Home screen according to your wish. Adding app that you like and frequently use or remove the app that is not important and you rarely use. This course will further facilitate your activities, right?

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How to add apps to the Home screen?
By default, the Galaxy SIII comes with seven Home Screen. And on the main Home screen there are only two widget installed: the Clock / Weather and the Flipboard widget, that means you can add whatever apps you want to your Home screen, whether it from from apps, market tools etc.. Below are the simple steps to do so, as written on
  1. Choose one of the seven Home screens available that you will use to add icon apps.
  2. Tap on the screen you'll use.
  3. Screen will be selected, and several options will displayed.
  4. Select "Add to Home screen" option.
  5. Find and choose the app you want.
  6. Done. Now the app you want has been added to the selected screen.

How to adds a widget to the home screen?
To be able to add widgets to the screen, there are two ways that you can use. From the same source, you can see both of them below.
  1. Choose one of the seven Home screens available that you will use to add widget.
  2. Tap on the screen you'll use.
  3. Screen will be selected, and several options will displayed.
  4. Select "Widgets" option.
  5. Find and choose the widget you want.
  6. Done. Now the widget you want has been added to the selected screen.

  1. Tap the "App drawer" icon located in the lower right hand corner.
  2. Tap on "Widgets".
  3. Select the widget you want by tap and hold it in a few second.
  4. Once the widget is selected, then drag the widget to the selected screen. In addition, you can also put the widget to the different screen by moving your finger to the left or to the right.
  5. Release for placing it.
  6. Done. Now the widget you want has been added to the selected screen.

How to delete apps or widgets on the Home screen?
Once you can add apps or widgets on the screen of your choice, you may find that you have fullfill the screen with various icons. Well, for this reason you may need to remove some of them. To do so following the simple steps below:
  1. Tap on the app or widget you want to remove.
  2. Once the app or widget selected, drag it to the trash icon located in the bottom of the screen.
  3. Place it on the trash to remove it.
  4. Done. Now app or widget you want has been successfully remove.

All the ways mentioned above is very easy to do. Even you can do this without having to root or use any third-party app. So easy, right? So, have you tried the ways mentioned above on your phone? If so, you can share your experiences through the comment below :)


  1. When I put my finger down on an app I want on one of my screens...the screen pops up as it should but then the screens flip through very fast. I cannot even place the app where I want it. If I tilt my phone it flips even faster so I hold it straight up or even set it on the table and it still flips super fast. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi There,
      It seems that you have enabled pan to move on your account and you tilting your phone slightly, it would cause your screen flip. You may want to disable pan to move on your phone under settings/motion then try to add app or widget icon using the first way like i mentioned above.
      Hope it help :)

  2. I have a tiny bar of x and y data at the top of my S3 screen that I can not figure out how to remove or shut off. The data tracks or follows the movement of my finger on the screen. any info about this would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Kimi Pearce,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to go to Settings> Developer options> (uncheck) Show pointer location. Now, see whether it helps :)

  3. Hey there.
    My weather widget refuses to acknowledge that I am in one city no the other. (Ex. Says that Im in the next city over). I was hoping there was a way to fix this.
    Thanks for your time!

    1. Hi Emily,
      Thanks for coming.
      Have you ever tried to manually refresh the weather widget? If you use accuweather widget, try to turn on Enable current location option to allow the widget find your current location.
      Hope this helps :)

  4. Hi there..
    I noticed that the App could be removed from the home screen but it is still there when the main screen is opened - how to completely remove/uninstall an app I do not want in my phone any more, please?

    1. Hi Mei,
      Thanks for coming.
      One of the step above is only removing the shortcuts of the apps or widgets from the Home screen, not uninstalling the apps. If you want to uninstall certain apps, you can see the complete steps to do so in here:
      Hope this helps :)

  5. I can't seem to be able to get rid of the favorite apps widget it is really annoying please help

    1. Hi Tamar Williams,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you please tell me what is the widget's name you wish to remove?

  6. I have a screen shot of a email and one of a text message that shows up on the widget page of my Galaxy S3 mini. Why did this happen and how do I remove them? It's on the app/widget page. And is there a way to stop the pages of widgets from building up? I only had my phone since Friday and already have 8 pages of widgets.

    1. Hi Greg Holmes,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you don't mind, can you please send me a screenshot of your issue? You can send it to

  7. I am trying to remove the widget for gmail that came on my phone but when i slide it up to remove it, it just jumps right back to its prior location!.

    1. Hi Donna McGinnis,
      Thanks for coming.
      While you're tapping and holding the widget, you should see the Trash can icon(Remove) at the top or the bottom of the screen, drag the widget to the Trash can icon and then release to remove it.


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