3 Tips to Organize Your Android Homescreen

Sometimes cleaning up your Android phone is matter of tweaking the aesthetics. For instance, sprucing up the main foyer of your smartphone: the homescreen.  You can use these tips to group apps, add awesome-looking widgets, and access just about anything (contacts, web bookmarks, etc.)   from your Android phone's main launch point.

Keep reading for the third installment of our six-part Android Smartphone Makeover series, 3 Tips to Organize Your Android Homescreen.  

1. Make Folders

Nothing says organized like a well-labeled system of folders. Group apps into bunches for games, readers, Web browsers, apps for movies, productivity or whatever works best.

  • Press Down on the Homescreen.
  • Select Add A Folder.
  • Drag-and-drop apps into the folder.
  • Give the folder a name by holding down the title bar.
  • Type the desired name.

For phones with Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • Hold down an app you want to add into a folder.
  • Drag it into another app.
  • Now both apps will appear in a new folder.
  • To edit the name of the folder, tap it, then tap Unnamed Folder.
  • Type the desired name.

2. Add decorations

Many Android apps (including Fast Reboot) include widgets that look great on a home screen and help you do more without drilling down to launch an app. To see which widgets are available:
  • Press down on the home screen > Select Add a Widget.
  • Browse through existing widget options.  
TIP: Download Beautiful Widgets ($2.89) to get location, time and weather info on your home screen.

3. Launch apps, bookmarks and contacts with sty
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With Circle Launcher ($0.99) you can group applications, phone contacts or Web bookmarks around a launcher on the home screen. It works as a widget and can be fully customized with a variety of launcher icons and any label you choose. Check out Circle Launcher in the Android Market.