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How to Delete a Home Screen Icon on an Android Smartphone

General Android Help

There's an icon on your Android smartphone's home screen that you want to get rid of -- but how?  The process of deleting an icon from the home screen in the Android OS is actually quite simple, if not exactly intuitive.

To begin, select the icon you wish to remove. Tap and hold the icon for a few seconds and you'll notice the icon and its label unsnaps from the background and becomes movable (you can use the process to move the icon to a different part of the home screen or to another home screen panel, but you also use this method to delete an icon).

To delete it, simply drag the icon to the Applications tab at the bottom of the screen:



Drag and drop the icon you wish to delete on the Applications tab...

The selected icon and the Applications tab will each turn red.  Release your finger and the icon will disappear from the home screen.

The deleted icon is still available from the applications screen, which you access by dragging the Applications tab up from the bottom of the screen.


Other Thoughts

If you decide to restore an icon to the home screen, find the icon in the Applications screen, tap-and-hold it again, then position it in the desired area of the home screen. 


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