1. christianskou's Avatar
    Hello everybody.

    Another one of those who changed from iPhone to Android, and happy about it!
    But I've noticed that apps are a different story in Android language than in Apple language. It seems that inside my settings > apps, there's many more apps, than are visible on my homescreen.

    So anyway, for an example - I've used Samsungs (yes I have an S8) "Link Share" app, to share videos and photos through text messaging. And after a couple of uses, it comes up and asks me if I want to add a Shortcut to it, to my home screen. I feel like this is a one time yes or no I have to answer here, if I won't get the notification again, since I really can't figure out, how to make the shortcut my self?

    Isn't there a way to create shortcuts to some of the i assume "background apps?" that are also shown in the "Settings > Apps" section?
    09-28-2017 01:08 PM
  2. Javier P's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. You can add shortcuts on your home screens from the app drawer (that's one of the main differences between Android and iOS), not from settings - apps. Try this.

    I miss apps that are in the settings > apps-screenshot_20170928-151336.png
    09-28-2017 01:15 PM
  3. Javier P's Avatar
    I moved your thread to the S8 & S8+ forum for better visibility.
    09-28-2017 01:16 PM
  4. christianskou's Avatar
    Hello, and thank you for a quick answer!

    My situation is that, by default the app "Link Share" isn't visible anywhere, unless in the Settings > Apps, but now that I've used it, it has offered me opportunity to add a shortcut... I would just like to do it by my self manually :-)
    09-28-2017 01:21 PM
  5. christianskou's Avatar
    Perfect, thank you!
    09-28-2017 01:21 PM
  6. Javier P's Avatar
    Hello, and thank you for a quick answer!

    My situation is that, by default the app "Link Share" isn't visible anywhere, unless in the Settings > Apps, but now that I've used it, it has offered me opportunity to add a shortcut... I would just like to do it by my self manually :-)
    I think 'Link share' doesn't need a shortcut on your home screen, you just long press a picture, video ... and the option should pop. See this thread.

    https://forums.androidcentral.com/sh...d.php?t=802867
    09-28-2017 01:27 PM
  7. christianskou's Avatar
    Yeah, well I know it doesn't need a shortcut, it was just since it offered me to make one, the same happened with the app 'Reminder', and as I see in Settings > Apps, there are more apps like "SmartSwitch" that doesn't have an icon, I just wanted to know if its possible to make the shortcut yourself, or if you have to wait till the notification pops.... Hmmm
    09-28-2017 01:31 PM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    Smart switch is soemthing the phone uses when you're moving things over from another phone. It can be accessed via the menus.

    Not all apps have a front facing thing like Facebook and stuff. Others are system driven through menus and such.
    09-28-2017 02:19 PM
  9. sydneycooper1979's Avatar
    Ok try going to your app tray and open the three dot menu in the upper right. Click settings and then hide apps. See if the shortcuts are there. Hope this helps!
    09-28-2017 02:26 PM
  10. dpham00's Avatar
    You can use quick shortcut maker to make a link of any valid app. I say valid because not all apps listed will launch.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....quickshortcut
    09-28-2017 02:38 PM
  11. dpham00's Avatar
    With regards to the specific apps you mentioned, smart switch can be installed from the Google Play Store,if it's not already pre installed

    Link sharing gives you an option in the settings to add a shortcut to the app drawer


    I miss apps that are in the settings > apps-uploadfromtaptalk1506627801003.jpgI miss apps that are in the settings > apps-uploadfromtaptalk1506627805420.jpg
    09-28-2017 02:44 PM
  12. christianskou's Avatar
    Well I can't find SmartSwitch anywhere.... How do you access LinkShare settings?
    09-28-2017 02:47 PM
  13. dpham00's Avatar
    Well I can't find SmartSwitch anywhere.... How do you access LinkShare settings?
    You can install smart switch from the Google Play Store if it isn't installed already.

    Select link sharing, then select the cog in the upper right to open it's settings

    I miss apps that are in the settings > apps-uploadfromtaptalk1506629079084.jpg
    09-28-2017 03:04 PM
  14. christianskou's Avatar
    Oh well, I don't have the cog, only the question mark
    09-28-2017 03:12 PM
  15. dpham00's Avatar
    Oh well, I don't have the cog, only the question mark
    Maybe the s8 has a different version. You can still use quick shortcut maker which I linked to previously to make a shortcut to the app.
    09-28-2017 03:23 PM
  16. christianskou's Avatar
    Thanks a lot to all of you! :-) Not last time I'll be using this forum I guess haha :-D
    09-28-2017 03:24 PM
  17. dpham00's Avatar
    Thanks a lot to all of you! :-) Not last time I'll be using this forum I guess haha :-D
    You are very welcome! Come back anytime!
    09-28-2017 03:35 PM

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