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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by rossmcm, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. rossmcm

    rossmcm Newbie
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    My first Android handset was a Samsung S4 running 4.4 or so. It was possible to create multiple desktop shortcuts to the same app, so I was able to sprinkle shortcuts to apps I used frequently on every screen and not have to go hunting for them.

    I now have a Huawei 3i with Android 8.1 and this ability seems to have been removed, regressing the operating system towards the locked down insanity that iPhone users have to put up with (or maybe they like it - I dunno).

    Am I missing something here? Can you still do this?

    #1 rossmcm, Apr 11, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
  2. psionandy

    psionandy Extreme Android User

    Use a different launcher.. I like Nova Launcher and it lets me do this
  3. rossmcm

    rossmcm Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Actually on thinking about it I realise now that I was running Nova Launcher on 4.4 so that's probably where that functionality came from.

    I'll give it a try.
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  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    Myself, and a few other members here argued with Huawei just to get an app drawer (to they have it sorted in any reasonable order yet, or is it still in order of installation o_O ). They are locked into their EMUI schema with all of its flaws. The only way to make a Huawei tolerable is with a 3rd party launcher like Nova Prime. I don't say that to pan Huawei as I've owned several, just that their launcher is lacking.
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  5. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Compassion is cool!
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    As others have said, use a different launcher. I've used ADW Launcher EX 1 (paid) for many years; I love it for its beauty and its plethora of customization options. There's a newer version available, but I've felt no need to upgrade, so I can't speak to it.
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  6. JAy3001

    JAy3001 Android Expert

    Why don't you just create a folder in the quick shortcut section at the bottom of your screen? See attached pic, that way they follow you to every page you visit.

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  7. rossmcm

    rossmcm Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Good thinking - It's not *quite* the same thing but nevertheless may end up being just as useful, if not more so.

    I had started to play with Nova, but I couldn't see that it was possible to import my existing desktop - there was an option in settings to import from another launcher, but the default Huawei launcher wasn't one of them.
  8. JAy3001

    JAy3001 Android Expert

    Yeah, not quite but a tidy solution to a problem which I have been using for a long time. :)

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