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[Full Guide] How to Change Home Screen on Samsung S8 Plus/S8

By Elsie Wesley, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This post has been updated in February 2018

Summary: This guide will show you the full tutorial to customize the Home screen of Samsung Galaxy S8 Plugs/S8 in different ways such as wallpaper, widgets, themes, quick settings, the grid size and so on. Now, let's scroll down and check how to do in details.

With the Galaxy Note 7 explosion scandal, Samsung has lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year. It has spared no effort to fix its reputation. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is its first big bet to make amend. This phone will be more smart and custom-made for users. So users can customize the phone according to their needs. This post will show how to customize the Home screen on Galaxy S8 Plus.

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Section 1. Samsung Galaxy S8 Home Screen

Edit your home screen: A long press on the wallpaper on any screen to edit the wallpaper, widgets, themes and the grid size. This grid size applies to the home screen and apps tray.

Galaxy S8 Screen

Attain more on your home screen: You can change the size of the screen grid where your shortcuts and widgets sit. It fit more on, select 5x5. This makes widgets more compact or makes you own up to 25 shortcuts.

Regulate widgets: Many widgets, and even the Google search box are resizable. When your finger selects and press on them for a while, then leave. You can drag the blue box that appears and resize your widget.

Galaxy S8 Screen Widget

Create a folder: Drag one app on top of another and a folder is created. To remove an app, long press an app to select it and drag it out. To add apps, drag them into a folder, or hit the + within the folder.

Change the colour or name of a folder: Tap and open a folder and enter the name you want at the top. If you don't want a name, leave it blank. To change the folder background colour, just tap the palette in the right-hand corner and select a new colour.

Enter upday news reader: To enter upday news reader, swipe right from your home page. Press the settings button in the top right-hand corner to customise the content you see. This replaces Flipboard on the SGS6, but offers a similar news digest. (upday is a UK service, not all regions have the same system.)

Disable upday: If you do not want upday, you can remove it from your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus by long pressing on the wallpaper and swiping right to upday and toggling off the switch. After that, the upday will vanish.

Stop adding new app icons to home screen: If you don't want new apps you install cluttering up your home screen, please go to Play Store app > Settings. Next, uncheck the box.

Access Now on Tap: As the Samsung Galaxy S8 launched as a Marshmallow handset and is now Nougat, you get Now on Tap. Press and hold the home button and Now on Tap will scan the page and deliver results.

Change Home Screen on Galaxy S8

Enter Google Now: To activate Now on Tap, just enable a long press on the home button. Touch the G at the bottom of this screen and you'll be in Google Now. Or, if you're using the Google Search widget, just tapping the text box moves you to Google Now. We're expecting Google Now to be replaced by Google Assistant via an update soon.

Change launcher (home screen): You can easily change the experience of your phone with a different launcher, such as the Google Now Launcher for a more native Android experience. Just download the launcher from Play Store and install it. When you press the home button you'll be given a choice to select a new default launcher.

Edit quick settings: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus allows you to change the settings you see when you swipe down the notifications. To do that, hit the arrow to expand the quick settings pane > hit the EDIT button. The full list of options will be shown. Afterwards, drag the shortcuts you want to see to the top of the page and hit DONE to save. These will then appear first for quicker access.

Galaxy S8 Edit Quick Settings

Enable/Disable Quick connect in notifications pane: As above open the EDIT option in quick settings. At the bottom there's the option to always have quick connection displayed as an option. If you're always connecting, turn it on. If you want to get rid of it, turn it off.

Section 2. Samsung Galaxy S8/Plus Edge Screen Tips

Manage edge screen content: If you have the S8, please enter the Settings app > edge screen > edge panels to manage what you see when you swipe in. You can add or remove content. And you can download other content here.

Enable edge lighting for incoming calls: If your phone is face down, you can have the edges light up when there's an incoming call. To do that, you need to enter Settings app > edge screen > edge lighting. This is ideal for meetings so that you are not disturbed. Your phone will reveal there's an incoming call without you needing vibration or showing everyone who is calling.

Galaxy S8 Face Down

Set a quick reply message for incoming calls: This is also suitable for a meeting. If it is not convenient to answer the call, you can reject it and send a customizable quick reply message by placing your finger on the rear heart rate scanner. To do this, please go into settings > edge screen > edge lighting and toggle on the quick reply option. Here you can also change that message.

Galaxy S8 Quick Reply

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