How to Create a Shortcut on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Creating a Shortcut on Android

Android devices offer a plethora of customization options, including the ability to create shortcuts for your favorite apps and actions. Shortcuts provide quick access to frequently used features, saving you time and effort. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to create a shortcut on your Android device.

Step 1: Locate the App

Begin by finding the app for which you want to create a shortcut. You can do this by navigating to the app drawer or using the search feature on your Android device.

Step 2: Long-Press on the App

Once you have located the app, long-press on its icon. This action will open a context menu with various options.

Step 3: Select “Create Shortcut”

In the context menu, look for an option named “Create Shortcut” or something similar. The wording may vary depending on your device’s manufacturer or Android version. Tap on this option to proceed.

Step 4: Place the Shortcut

After selecting “Create Shortcut,” your device’s home screen will appear, showing a placeholder for your new shortcut. You can now choose where you want to place it by tapping on an empty space or dragging it to your preferred location.


If there is insufficient space on your home screen, you may need to remove existing shortcuts or widgets to make room for the new one.

Step 5: Customize the Shortcut (Optional)

If desired, you can customize your newly created shortcut further. Simply long-press on it, and additional options will appear. For example, some launchers allow you to change the icon or label of a shortcut.

Step 6: Test the Shortcut

Finally, tap on the shortcut to test if it works correctly. It should launch the app or perform the desired action instantly.

Removing a Shortcut

If you decide to remove a shortcut from your home screen, follow these steps:

  • Option 1: Long-press on the shortcut and drag it towards the top of your screen, where a “Remove” or “Delete” option will appear. Drop the shortcut onto this option to remove it.
  • Option 2: Long-press on the shortcut and look for an option called “Remove” or an “X” symbol. Tap on this option to delete the shortcut.

By following these steps, you can easily create shortcuts on your Android device, enhancing your productivity and convenience. Experiment with different apps and actions to create a personalized home screen that suits your needs.

Note: The process of creating shortcuts may vary slightly depending on your device’s manufacturer or Android version. However, these general steps should work for most Android devices.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through creating shortcuts on your Android device. Enjoy customizing your home screen and accessing your favorite features with a single tap!

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