Shortcuts of apps on your home screen: this is how you use them

Sometimes you have to search for menus or conversations on your smartphone. You may therefore want to be able to open options that you use more often directly from your home screen. In this tip we show you how to do that.

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Place shortcuts on your Android home screen

Android smartphones have two places for finding apps. You have the app menu with all your applications in alphabetical order and the home screen of your smartphone, where you place a selection of your apps. For example, the applications you use most often.

If you press and hold an app on the home screen, you will get several options: ‘Delete’, ‘App info’ and possibly ‘Widgets’. Did you know that some app makers also add shortcuts to this menu so that you can quickly get to a certain menu. Follow the steps below to place these shortcuts on your home screen.

  1. Find the app of which you want a shortcut;
  2. Press and hold the app and see if it has your preferred shortcut;

    If not, this tip will not work for this app.

  3. Press and hold the shortcut and drag it to your home screen;

    You can press and hold the shortcut again to move it to a different spot on your home screen.

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You have now placed a shortcut on your home screen. With the push of a button you go directly to the correct menu. Are you the one of the group that always advances? Then you can quickly create a payment request. Or do you post something on social media every day? Then create a shortcut for adding an Instagram post or filming a TikTok video.

The feature is also very useful for WhatsApp conversations or calling specific contacts quickly. Are you traveling by public transport? Then you can easily find the current departure times, disruptions or your saved journeys with an NS shortcut. Not every app has shortcuts available. So feel free to search through your app menu.

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What’s the most useful shortcut you’ve found? Let us know in the comments below. Want to know more about basic functions of Android? Then you are at the right address.

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