TUTORIAL: disable shortcut home screen Android

As what have probably brought you here. When you install an application from the Google Play Store a shortcut is added to your Home screen. Is it Handy? I don’t know.. I’ll leave that up to you, but 9/10 times I do not want a shortcut on my start screen.


Tutorial: disable shortcut home screen Android

Lets follow the next steps to disable shortcut on the start screen.

  1. Go to apps
disable shortcut android
disable shortcut android

2. open Play Store

shortcut home screen android
shortcut home screen android

Click on the hamburger menu next to Google Play. See the image below:

shortcut android
shortcut android

4. Scroll down and open Settings

shortcut home screen Android
shortcut home screen android

Find “Add icon to Home screen” and uncheck the box.

disable home screen android
disable home screen android

The next time you’ll install an app it wont be added to your home screen. If you do want an app on your home screen open apps > hold the app and move it to the home screen.

The image below shows you how to add an app to your home screen.

disable shortcut android
disable shortcut android

Do you regret removing this option? Just check the box next to “Add icon to Home Screen

After you install an app from the Google Play store, an icon will appear on your home screen for you to easy access the app… but if you install quite a few apps you the apps will add up and eventually make your home screen full with apps you barely use.
With the steps I provided you can disable the shortcuts from automatically being placed on your home screen.