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    Default How to start at home page everytime?

    I put my frequently used icons in the home page. After unlocking the phone, I either scroll left or right to reach home page, or I press the middle button to reach home page.

    Q1) Is there a way to set S4 so that whenever I unlock the phone, it will default to home page?

    Q2) Is there a way to add more than 5 icons (row at the bottom of screen that stays)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acsurfer View Post
    I put my frequently used icons in the home page. After unlocking the phone, I either scroll left or right to reach home page, or I press the middle button to reach home page.

    Q1) Is there a way to set S4 so that whenever I unlock the phone, it will default to home page?

    Q2) Is there a way to add more than 5 icons (row at the bottom of screen that stays)?

    Thanks
    Apex or Nova Launcher settings allow you to do all of that & much more . I have the paid version of each and it is well worth it.

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    You can also install the automation app Automate It(free) or Tasker($2.99?) and possibly have it set up where whenever you exit an app you automatically go to your homescreen.
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    Default Re: How to start at home page everytime?

    Quote Originally Posted by acsurfer View Post
    I put my frequently used icons in the home page. After unlocking the phone, I either scroll left or right to reach home page, or I press the middle button to reach home page.

    Q1) Is there a way to set S4 so that whenever I unlock the phone, it will default to home page?

    Q2) Is there a way to add more than 5 icons (row at the bottom of screen that stays)?

    Thanks
    Q1: This is the default behavior. You just need to make sure which of the multiple screens you have set as home. From any home screen, tap Menu, then Edit page. This will bring up a screen with outlines of all your home screens. The one that is currently set as the "true" Home page will be highlighted. If that's not the one you want to default to, then on the one that you do want, tap the little house-shaped icon at the top of its outline. If you've hit it right, you'll see a message near the bottom of the screen saying, "Default home screen has been changed." Tap anywhere on that outline again, or press the Home button, and you should go to that page. It will now be your default Home page, and you should be taken there when you unlock the phone.

    Q2: You can't have more than 5 of these Primary Shortcuts, but you can change 4 of the 5 (not Apps). Be sure you have the shortcut(s) you want to add to the primaries on your Home screen. Then, to move one of them to the row of Primary Shortcuts, touch and hold it (the screen will dim and show an outline of the Home screen), then drag it from the Home screen to the desired location in the Primary Shortcuts row. When you release, the shortcut you want will be among the primaries, and one of the primaries will have moved to the Home screen. Repeat as needed. You can also use this procedure to simply drag a Primary Shortcut to the Home screen, or remove it by dragging it to the Remove icon. But 5 is the maximum number of Primary Shortcuts you can have.
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    Default Re: How to start at home page everytime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-in-Decatur View Post
    Q1: This is the default behavior. You just need to make sure which of the multiple screens you have set as home. From any home screen, tap Menu, then Edit page. This will bring up a screen with outlines of all your home screens. The one that is currently set as the "true" Home page will be highlighted. If that's not the one you want to default to, then on the one that you do want, tap the little house-shaped icon at the top of its outline. If you've hit it right, you'll see a message near the bottom of the screen saying, "Default home screen has been changed." Tap anywhere on that outline again, or press the Home button, and you should go to that page. It will now be your default Home page, and you should be taken there when you unlock the phone.
    I understand what you mean, but if now I am not on the default home page and I lock the screen, when I unlock the screen it will still display the page that I was on just before I locked S4. It will not automatically load the default home page. I need to press the middle physical button to reach the home page. I mean I would like the screen to display the default home screen whenever I unlock the phone. I guess it could only be done by 3rd party apps.
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    Sorry to be so long checking back on this thread! I understand your question now. No, I don't think you can do that, at least not with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. On the stock phone, unlocking the screen returns you to the exact place (Home screen, app, whatever) you were when you locked the phone; and there doesn't seem to be a setting to change that. I don't know whether pure Android or a different launcher like Nova could accomplish it, but if it's important enough, that might be worth looking into.
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