How to stop Android from adding new apps to the home screen

Tired of deleting app icons from your home screen after installation on your Android device? Here's how to disable it.

Have you ever noticed after installing an app on your Android device, the icon for that app is already on your home screen? Sure it can come in handy, but it also can be pretty annoying. Nicole Cozma showed us how to disable this annoying feature on Honeycomb tablets a while back, and now I'm going to show you how to disable it on other Android devices.

Disabling the auto-add widgets (or shortcuts) feature is easy.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Tap on Menu and then Settings.
  3. Uncheck the box next to "auto-add widgets."

Easy enough. Now, you can install apps, be it from the Google Play Web site, or through the Play Store app on the device itself and not have to worry about your home screen(s) being cluttered up with your latest downloads.

Of course, if you decide you liked having this feature on, you can go back into Settings in the Play Store and turn it back on.

About the author

Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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