How to Arrange Icons on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Android home screen looking cluttered with randomly arranged icons? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to arrange icons on your Android device in a way that is not only visually appealing but also helps you find your apps quickly and efficiently.

Step 1: Unlock Your Device

The first step is to unlock your Android device by pressing the power button or using the fingerprint sensor, if available. Once unlocked, you’ll be able to access the home screen where all your icons are located.

Step 2: Enter Edit Mode

To rearrange icons on your Android device, you need to enter edit mode. On most devices, simply long-pressing any empty space on the home screen will trigger edit mode. Look for an option like “Edit” or “Arrange Icons” that appears on the screen.


If long-pressing doesn’t work for your device, consult your device’s user manual or do a quick internet search specific to your device model for instructions on how to enter edit mode.

Step 3: Drag and Drop Icons

Once in edit mode, you’ll notice that the icons on your home screen have a slight shadow effect and may appear slightly larger than usual. This indicates that they are now ready to be moved around.

To rearrange an icon, simply touch and hold it until it lifts off from the screen.

While holding the icon, drag it to its desired location. You can move it horizontally or vertically depending on where you want it placed.

If you want to move an icon to another home screen panel or folder, drag it towards the edge of the screen until it starts scrolling. Continue dragging it until you reach the desired screen or folder, then release your finger to drop the icon into its new position.

Step 4: Create Folders

Creating folders is an excellent way to declutter your home screen and organize similar apps together. To create a folder, drag one app icon on top of another.

Android will automatically create a folder with both app icons inside.

You can customize the name of the folder by tapping on it and selecting “Rename” or a similar option. Once you’ve created a folder, you can add more apps to it by dragging them onto the folder icon.

Step 5: Remove or Uninstall Unused Apps

If your home screen is still crowded even after reorganizing icons and creating folders, it may be time to remove or uninstall unused apps. To remove an app from your home screen, long-press its icon and look for an option like “Remove” or “Delete.”

Note that this will only remove the app from the home screen, not uninstall it from your device.

To uninstall an app completely from your device, go to the App Drawer (usually represented by an icon with dots or squares) and long-press the app you want to uninstall. Drag it towards an option like “Uninstall,” “Remove,” or a trash bin icon that appears on the screen.


Be cautious when uninstalling apps as some may be essential for system functionality or linked to other applications. Make sure you know what you’re removing before proceeding.

Step 6: Exit Edit Mode

After arranging and organizing your icons to your satisfaction, it’s time to exit edit mode. Simply tap anywhere outside of any open folders or options menu on your Android device. This will save your changes and exit edit mode, returning your home screen to its normal state.

And there you have it! By following these simple steps, you can easily arrange icons on your Android device and create a home screen that is both visually appealing and functional. Take some time to experiment with different layouts and organizational methods until you find the one that works best for you.

Happy organizing!

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