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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.