How To Video: Customize Android's Home button shortcut
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

How To Video: Customize Android's Home button shortcut

2:32 /

Override your Android phone's defaults and program the Home button to be a shortcut to whichever app you'd like. Sharon Vaknin shows you how.

Depending on what kind of phone you have, the Home button does different things. Of course, one tap always takes you home, but a double tap or a long press does something different. On the S4, for example, a long press launches the list of recent apps, and a double tap launches S-Voice. Some phones let you change these settings, but on the S4 and many others, you're stuck with what you've got-- unless of course, you've got to work around. With my setup, a long press still launches the list of recent apps, but watch this-- a double tap launches the camera. Here's how it's done. Go to the Google Play store and install the Home2 Shortcut app for free. When it's done installing, launch it directly from that download page. You'll see it's a pretty bare bones app, which is okay. Once this is set up, you won't really have to look at it again. Here in step one, choose the app you want to launch whenever the Home button is double-tapped. For me, I'm choosing camera, but it can be whatever app you want quick access to no matter where you are on the phone. For now, keep this interval setting at normal. You can change it later if you find you want the response to be faster or slower. Finally, down here, choose the launcher you're using. If you don't have a launcher like Apex or Go Launcher installed or you have no clue what I'm talking about, choose your default launcher. For me, that's TouchWiz. And you're almost set. Hit the Home button, then choose Home2 Shortcut, and hit Always. Now, let's see if it works. Give the Home button a double tap, and you should see your shortcut in action. If you're on the S4 and it's still launching S-Voice, go to the S-Voice settings and uncheck this option. That should fix it. If you're liking this shortcut business, Home2 also lets you program combos like Home and then the Back button, or Home and then Menu. Give them a try if you want quick access to other apps, too. All right, guys. If you have any questions, hit me up on Twitter and check out HowTo. CNET.com for more Android tips and tricks. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Inside Scoop: Who is the Amazon...
2:55 July 24, 2014
Amazon's new Fire phone has three standout features, but it's lacking in apps and full Android offerings....
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 024: Art by chainsaw-wielding...
20:05 July 24, 2014
On today's show, we get weirded out by the robot who can learn a new gait after it's injured, discuss Sharknado's...
Play video
LG G Pads sport sleek designs and...
2:17 July 24, 2014
These 7- and 10-inch tablets are average budget tablets with a high-end look.
Play video
GE's new microfactory wants to...
1:54 July 24, 2014
See some of FirstBuild's earliest concepts and find out how to submit your own ideas.
Play video
Nyne Bass: Big sound from a $150...
1:40 July 24, 2014
Nyne's current flagship model delivers surprisingly decent performance for its relatively affordable price...
Play video
The 404 1,531: Where we take it...
35:04 July 24, 2014
Coolio takes to PornHub to release his next album, a drastic makeup technique to throw of facial recognition,...
Play video
Foursquare enters a new era of...
2:53 July 24, 2014
With a revamped app and logo, Foursquare focuses on local search and moves check-ins to the new Swarm app....
Play video
2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i
9:39 July 24, 2014
It's the original BMW SUV, now all-new for its third generation. Brian Cooley takes the BMW X5 xDrive35i out...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre