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Pro tip: Reset your Android home screen back to the default

Find out how to reset your Android smartphone to the default home screen.

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I install a lot of applications on various Android devices. One category of application I toy around with a lot is the home screen, because some home screens offer features that others do not. Typically, when a new home screen is installed, Android will ask you if you want to run it “Just once” or “Always.” If you select “Always,” you've officially set that home screen as your default. After that's done, you're never prompted if you'd like to change it back. So, what do you do if you want to reset the home screen to the default? Just follow the simple steps below.

This will work regardless of what Android device you have (although I'm going to assume that you're using Android 4.x). The primary difference you might find is the home screen default used by your device. For example, the Samsung Galaxy line uses the TouchWiz home screen, whereas the Motorola Moto X uses Launcher. You'll also need to know the name of the launcher that you're currently running (such as Nova or 3D Home). Here's how to reset to the default.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Locate Apps or Application Manager (depending upon which device you use)
  3. Swipe the screen to the left to get to the All tab
  4. Scroll down until you locate the currently running home screen
  5. Scroll down until you see the Clear Defaults button (Figure A)
  6. Tap Clear Defaults

Figure A

Figure A
Resetting the defaults on a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto X.
Check out these additional smartphone home screen resources:

Now that you've cleared the defaults, you have to set a new default home screen. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the home button
  2. Select the home screen you want to use
  3. Tap Always (Figure B)

Figure  B

Figure B
Setting the default home screen on the Android platform.

The good thing about this tip is that it applies to any type of app that sets a default application -- just alter what application's defaults you clear from the application manager.

Do you have other pro tips for the Android platform that you'd like to share? Please post them in the discussion thread below.


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2 comments
sharmarahul
sharmarahul

Pinch the home screen to zoom OUT. You should see all the screens skrink.
At the top each screen that you see, there will be an arrow pointing upwards.
Long press this arrow to set as home screen. Works on 4.2.2

derick.boe
derick.boe

I do have a pro tip; it's called a Launcher not home screen.