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    had my galaxy for a while now and bot sure when or what has happened but I have no idea how to change the apps on the home screen.. I've done it before since I have my CBA banking app among others that I've put there previously. now when I try to long press an app from home screen to drag down to the bottom row, the whole row is replaced with a trash can. any help would bw awesome since I've deleted an app from there and can't get any back. its like a missing tooth. to help with any suggestions, I can't long press the bottom icons either, they remain unresponsive. please just tell me I am missing something simple, I'd prefer to slap my own head than need to slap Samsung's again.
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    Hello glitterpony1, and yes, you are just 'missing something simple'. Not to worry, and no need to slap your head. Btw, a big Welcome!...to the AC Forums.

    Go to Settings > Security and lock screen > Lock screen options > Shortcuts . . set 'Shortcuts' to 'on' – if it's 'off' . . then tap on 'Shortcuts' . . then long-press on any app that you'd like to discard from your home screen – and drag it down to the trash can . . then tap on the [ + ] symbol – which takes you to 'Select application' – where you can simply select whichever app you'd like to replace the previously discarded one with.

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    Well done bro
    Tbh i cba goin into touchwiz and learning a new launcher so i left the reply for someone like u :beer:

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    I don't think the OP was asking about the lock screen. She (I'm guessing "glitterpony" isn't a he, but I could well be wrong.) was asking about the icons in the dock, I believe. But I'm afraid I have no idea what the problem might be.
    PLEASE, when asking for help provide as much information as possible. We can't help unless we know what the symptoms are and what you did before they began.

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    It still doesnt work
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    all i can say (sorry) is try a better launcher than touchwiz like Nova.
    then the trashcan is at the top and long pressing any icon will move it around including the dock


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    Quote Originally Posted by winmod21 View Post
    Go to Settings > Security and lock screen > Lock screen options > Shortcuts . . set 'Shortcuts' to 'on' – if it's 'off' . . then tap on 'Shortcuts' . .
    Hi, I realise this is an old-ish thread, but I have recently started having a similar problem (perhaps since the last system upgrade...?). I used to be able to change which apps I had in that bottom row of shortcuts, but now I can't. And the Settings path you describe above doesn't exist (and I can't find a similar setting under either the Lock Screen or Security menus).

    When I edit my home screen, I can move/remove the apps on the main section of each page, but this bottom row disappears from view and isn't accessible to edit.

    I did have GoSMS in my bottom row, but last week had to uninstall it and reinstall it. When I uninstalled it, it disappeared from the bottom row, and now I can't put it back. So I have a phone where I can't make SMS one of the primary shortcuts, which is ridiculous!

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    PLEASE, when asking for help provide as much information as possible. We can't help unless we know what the symptoms are and what you did before they began.

    LG G3 on Sprint. [Stumped and Bumped, Debloated, Startup apps managed, Trickster, Nova Prime, Swiftkey, G3 Tweakbox]--> Runs smooth as silk, now.
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    Hi, thanks for the link. That link explains how things used to work on my S3, but it no longer works that way for some reason.

    Now, from my home screen that looks like the first screenshot attached, when I go to edit the home screen, you can see in the second screen shot that it blanks out that bottom row. I can't edit it. I can't drag any icons to that area at all, nor can I drag an existing icon out of that row.

    This is a recent phenomenon, I used to be able to do exactly what your link says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meyerweb View Post
    I don't think the OP was asking about the lock screen. She (I'm guessing "glitterpony" isn't a he, but I could well be wrong.) was asking about the icons in the dock, I believe. But I'm afraid I have no idea what the problem might be.
    Yeah, meyerweb's right. I don't know what I might've been smokin' that day! :rolleyes: . . I must've read 'home screen' and thought I'd read lock screen. My bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jenjenski View Post
    Hi, I realise this is an old-ish thread, but I have recently started having a similar problem (perhaps since the last system upgrade...?).
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenjenski View Post
    Hi, thanks for the link. That link explains how things used to work on my S3, but it no longer works that way for some reason.
    Now, from my home screen that looks like the first screenshot attached, when I go to edit the home screen, you can see in the second screen shot that it blanks out that bottom row. I can't edit it. I can't drag any icons to that area at all, nor can I drag an existing icon out of that row.
    This is a recent phenomenon, I used to be able to do exactly what your link says.
    That's a strange phenom, and one that I haven't experienced and/or read about (in my brief few days of androidinous life).

    Your "perhaps since the last system upgrade...?" reference – could be it, as this thread & OP were started the day before the JB update was released, hence the [Go to Settings > Security and lock screen > Lock screen options > Shortcuts . . ] path – for ICS 4.0.4.

    If you haven't loaded any other launchers, or strange widgets that may be affecting your home screens, then perhaps a battery pull and/or factory reset...might do the trick?
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    I'd rather not do a factory reset if at all avoidable...
    A friend of mine got a brand new Galaxy S3 last week, and he's having exactly the same issue on his phone. So I don't think it's just my phone, so it surprises me that nobody else seems to be having the same issue.
    The fact that my friend is having the same issue with his brand new phone also suggests that a factory reset probably won't help...?
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    Can you delete an icon first, then try to replace it with what you want? I think I had to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AxlMyk View Post
    Can you delete an icon first, then try to replace it with what you want? I think I had to do that.

    --Tapatalk 2 on SGS3.
    That is what I would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AxlMyk View Post
    Can you delete an icon first, then try to replace it with what you want? I think I had to do that.
    You mean delete an icon from the bottom row? No I can't. I can't do anything at all to the bottom row, as it is blanked out in edit mode.
    The GoSMS icon was in the bottom row, and disappeared when I uninstalled the app. Now that I've reinstalled it I can't put it back where it was. I can't put anything in that row at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenjenski View Post
    You mean delete an icon from the bottom row? No I can't. I can't do anything at all to the bottom row, as it is blanked out in edit mode.
    The GoSMS icon was in the bottom row, and disappeared when I uninstalled the app. Now that I've reinstalled it I can't put it back where it was. I can't put anything in that row at all.
    Don't go to the "edit" screen, just go to the home screen, press and hold down on an icon and a trash can should appear for you to drag and drop the icon in. Then at the home screen, click "apps", go to the app you want at the bottom, long click on that app, it will bring it to the home screen, drag it to the bottom.

    Of course that might work differently with international versions...
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    Check out ActionLauncher, I'm beginning to prefer it over Nova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenjenski View Post
    You mean delete an icon from the bottom row? No I can't. I can't do anything at all to the bottom row, as it is blanked out in edit mode.
    The GoSMS icon was in the bottom row, and disappeared when I uninstalled the app. Now that I've reinstalled it I can't put it back where it was. I can't put anything in that row at all.
    Well, that's what I was wondering, too, but forgot to mention. Perhaps your uninstalling of GoSMS is somehow causing the problem?

    Did your friend also install or uninstall GoSMS? If not, are there other similarities with both yours and your friends GS3's? Such as carriers, or launchers, etc.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by winmod21 View Post
    Well, that's what I was wondering, too, but forgot to mention. Perhaps your uninstalling of GoSMS is somehow causing the problem?

    Did your friend also install or uninstall GoSMS? If not, are there other similarities with both yours and your friends GS3's? Such as carriers, or launchers, etc.?
    I don't understand the step of going to "edit" home screen to add and remove icons at the bottom. I do it directly from the home screen, not in edit mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Kearns View Post
    I don't understand the step of going to "edit" home screen to add and remove icons at the bottom. I do it directly from the home screen, not in edit mode.

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    Err, that was for when I thought, back on 3 Dec, that he meant his lock screen. : inexplicably missing embarrassed - emoticon: :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by winmod21 View Post
    Err, that was for when I thought, back on 3 Dec, that he meant his lock screen. : inexplicably missing embarrassed - emoticon: :-D
    Well not you, but the newest poster, forgot the name, is taking about going to the edit on the home screen too.

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    Here's a screen shot of what happens when I just hold down my finger and try to drag an icon. It contradicts itself by bringing up the bin in the top corner and appearing to let me move an icon, but nothing sticks. It brings up the message you see on screen, and reverts back to how it was as soon as I release my finger off the screen.

    I can only move icons and widgets through Edit in the menu in the second screen shot attached.

    My friend with the same issue has never used GoSMS. We are both with Telstra, if that matters?

    Forgive my newbie question, but what is a launcher?

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    When you move it over the bin, does the bin turn red and "wiggle" a bit? For me, I can't long press on the home screen and add widgets or icons, I have to go to apps and choose there. I'll do a screen shot in a sec.

    Ok, first question..where are you located? What country?
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    I have to add icons and widgets from here..have to choose apps or widgets at the top, long click on them and then it will move them to my home screen. I can't do like Gingerbread and long click on my home screen to add, it won't stick then.

    Now I REMOVE from the second screen.

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    Hi, I'm located in Melbourne Australia.

    Ok, yes I add apps and widgets from that screen same as you. I have no problem adding or removing apps and widgets on the main section of the home screens. It's just that bottom row I can't seem to edit.

    When I simply hold down my finger on an icon and try to drag it to the bin, the bin goes red but when I release my finger it reverts back to how it was. I have to go to menu > edit to actually move anything on my home screen.

    Regardless of that, the issue is that I can't edit the bottom row at all, no matter what I try.

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    Me and my husband are having the same problems as you Jen since the recent update in early Jan it just stoped working, definitely a software issue. Going to go into Samsung shop when I get a chance and what they have to say. I live in Sydney.
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