How to Remove a Home Screen App Icon or Shortcut on Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

This post will help you access and modify the Tab S6 display settings to remove or hide any unused or sensitive app icon or shortcut control. Here’s how to remove a home screen app icon or shortcut on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 device.

Tab S6 Home Screen App Icons

The Home screen provides easy access to all apps and services in smartphones and tablets. This is made possible given that system services and downloaded apps typically have shortcut icons displayed on the Home screen of every mobile device.

Nonetheless, new smartphones and tablets already provide some means to customize and rearrange the built-in display and show only the frequently used controls. That said,  you can add or remove an app icon or shortcut from your device when needed.

If you’re wondering how to get this done on the Galaxy Tab S6, you can use this step by step walkthrough as personal reference.


Easy Steps to Hide or Remove a Home Screen App Icon or Shortcut from the Galaxy Tab S6

Time Needed : 5 minutes

Below are the actual steps of removing an app icon or shortcut from the Galaxy Tab S6 home screen. You can also use these steps to carry out the same process on your other Samsung devices with Android 10 or later OS versions. Actual screens and menu items may vary depending on the service provider and device model.

  1. To get started, swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Apps viewer.

    The Apps viewer houses different icons and shortcut controls to built-in services and downloaded applications.

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  2. To continue, tap the Settings icon.

    Doing so will launch the main settings menu highlighting the basic and advanced Android 10 features.

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  3. To access and manage the display settings, tap Display.

    Another screen opens with a list of all display features such as screen brightness, dark mode settings, blue light filter, screen zoom and the like.

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  4. Tap Home screen to continue with this demo.

    The Home screen menu will load up on the next display.
    Here, you can see the current settings for home screen layout, home and app screen grid, apps buttons and more.

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  5. Scroll down to the bottom section and then tap the option to Hide apps.

    App icons or shortcuts will show up on the next screen.
    Each of these icons is in editable mode, which means that you can select any of them.


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  6. To proceed with this demo, let's select the Facebook app icon as an example. So, tap to highlight the Facebook icon.

    A checkmark will show up on the top-leftmost corner of the Facebook app icon. 
    You can select or highlight multiple app icons to hide.

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  7. Once you're done selecting app icons, tap Done at the bottom center of the screen.

    That should serve as the confirmation command to hide the selected app icons.

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Tools
  • Android 10 or later versions
Materials
  • Galaxy Tab S6

To see the results, go back to the Home or Apps screen to find out if the Facebook app icon is already gone.

If you want to hide another app icon or shortcut, just repeat the same steps to access the display settings then open the home screen menu to activate the hide apps command.

You can also remove a shortcut from the Home screen by tapping and holding  on the app shortcut that you’d like to remove and then select the pop-up command to Remove from Home.

Removing a shortcut icon from the Home screen only hides the app shortcut but does not delete or uninstall the app itself.

Cannot Remove App Shortcuts?

Performing a soft reset or reboot on the tablet is usually needed if nothing happens or the app icon remains on the Home screen even after removing it from the display settings. Minor issues like this usually occur when the system encounters random glitches. And turns out that a system reboot or soft reset often takes care of such flaws.

Hope this helps!

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