How to display the Galaxy S3 desk home screen sans dock

You don't need a dock to enable the desk home screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Display it manually to view the time, calendar, weather and shortcuts -- all while your S3 is charging.

Samsung Galaxy S3 desk home screen
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 (and Note 2) has a neat feature when docked to a Samsung multimedia dock; it can automatically display the desk home screen. The desk home screen is a useful display with a clock, calendar, local weather and multimedia shortcuts. It's a nice companion display when you're charging your S3 at your desk. However, you don't necessarily need a dock to use the desk home screen.


If you're using a third-party smartphone stand with a separate charger, you can still make use of the desk home screen.

Third-party smartphone stand
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To use the desk home screen, go to the built-in clock app on your Galaxy S3 or Note 2 , then swipe the tab list to the left and choose the Desk clock tab. Tap on the full-screen icon to enlarge the screen and display the shortcuts.

Enable desk home screen
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Keep in mind that after a minute or so, the screensaver will come on with the time, date, and weather (if enabled). To view the desk home screen again, just tap the Back button.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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