How to Customize Your Home Screen on the Nexus 7

One of the benefits that Android has over the iPhone is it’s customization options. The Nexus 7, running the latest version of Android called Jelly Bean, is no exception. If you’re new to the Nexus 7, it might seem a little confusing to utilize all the different options so here’s a primer.

Add Wallpapers to the Nexus 7

One of the things you can customize on your Nexus 7 is, of course, the wallpaper. 

1. Head to the Play Store and search for wallpapers or live wallpapers, and install one.


2. Tap and hold on any blank space of the homescreen and select which type of wallpaper you’d like to set.


3. Select which wallpaper and click set wallpaper. If it is a live wallpaper, you can also select options to control the animation.


Adding Widgets to the Nexus 7

The other way you can customize your Nexus homescreen is by using widgets. Widgets are essentially small applications that run on the desktop and bring information directly to you without making you open the app itself.

1. Head to the Play Store and search for widgets, and install one.

2. Open the app drawer, click widgets at the top left, look for the widget you want to add to the homescreen, and tap and hold down on the widget. Once selected it will hover and you will be presented with the homescreen.


3. Drag the widget to whichever screen you want to add it to and remove your finger.


4. If the widget is resizable, tap and hold on the new widget for a second. It’ll now show 4 blue dots on the widget, one on each side of the widget.


5. Drag any of those dots to resize the widget as you see fit. Other icons and widgets should move out of the way as you resize it.


Add App Shortcuts to the Nexus 7 Home Screen

You can also customize your screen by adding app shortcuts to the apps you use the most.

1. Open the app drawer.


2. Tap and hold on any of the app icons. Once selected it will hover and you will be presented with the home screen.


3. Drag the app to whichever screen you want to add it to and remove your finger to set it there.

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  1. Mike Paterson Says:

    Ref your comment on ~ ‘Add App Shortcuts to the Nexus 7 Home Screen’, you should also mention not only can you add an App to the Home Screen but you can place Apps within one another to create a folder.
    Even better, any folder of App icons you have placed together can then be dragged into the 7 icon Launch Bar at the foot of the screen (6 for launching Apps + a further 1 in the middle for switching to your Apps/Widget list).
    Having Launch folders is of great value as it allows you to run any number of Apps from the Launch Bar, instead of just 6.

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