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How to Disable shortcut home screen Android by Bas Wijdenes

Disable shortcuts from automatically being added to the home screen.

After you install an application from the Google Play Store you automatically get a shortcut icon on your home screen so that you can easily open the application. This can be useful, but if you, like me, install a lot of applications at a given moment your home screen becomes full and it becomes chaotic. I did research myself and found out that you can disable shortcuts being added to your home screen.

The tutorial is explained with screenshots.

Let’s disable shortcuts being added to your home screen in Android.

Follow the next steps to disable shortcut on the start screen.

Go to all application.
It’s the 9 dots at the bottom of your screen.

disable shortcut android
Disable shortcut android

Search for the Google Play Store app and open it.

shortcut home screen android
Shortcut home screen Android.

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

shortcut android
Remove shortcut in Android.

4. Scroll down and open Settings in the menu.

shortcut home screen Android
Remove 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 won’t be added to your home screen.

If you do want a shortcut on your home screen for an application, you can go to all applications and hold down the app until it pops ‘out’ you can then move it to the home screen.

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

Disable home screen Android.
Disable home screen Android.

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


For my screenshots I use an Android version that runs within Hyper-V. If you want this, I advise you to follow another blog post from me.

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work as a PowerShell Automation Engineer. My main focus is PowerShell, Azure AD, Azure Infrastructure, Server Management, and Exchange (Online).

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