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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by anranda, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. anranda

    anranda Lurker
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    I have two questions that are kind of related and I don't want to make two posts, but I will if I have to.

    I'm on an LG G3.

    Right now my app drawer is set to custom, which means slightly arranged randomly, slightly arranged by date from what I can tell (i.e., some apps I installed last month are grouped together on one page, and apps I installed this month are on a different page). The other options are arrange by name and date, both of which are unhelpful. Is there a way to rearrange the apps in the app drawer without using a launcher program?

    [Edit: this part has been answered] My second question is there a way to change the long press home button apps? Right now it's the Google app, which I never use, but is there a way to disable that or alternatively change it so different apps are selectable with long press?
     


    #1 anranda, Jan 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016

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  2. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    Long press home button can't be changed as far as I know, unless you have an app that can access that. So far the only ones I've seen are S Voice and Google.

    As for rearrange, rearrange to what? Custom already allows you to rearrange it to whatever order you want.
     
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  3. anranda

    anranda Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for answering my second question!

    By rearrange, I mean move apps around. With it set to custom right now the first page of the app drawer is all the bloatware apps, and I want to rearrange it so that I can put the settings or calendar app on the second page, for example. And it won't let me do that. I've tried everything I can think of to rearrange the apps in the drawer but the most I can do is put apps on the home screen from the drawer.
     
  4. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    Mine has always been Alphabetical, and I got used to it.

    If I turn an app OFF, it does not show up in the Apps Drawer.

    I'm using Nova Prime Launcher though.
     
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  5. anranda

    anranda Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I really want to avoid a launcher program if I can, because I should be able to rearrange apps without one. But I mean, if I have to have one, is Nova good?
     
  6. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    Nova Prime is "Best of Class"..... and is the Most Highly recommended on this forum...
    You will see Nova come up time and again, over and over.... and yes, there are a lot of 'good launchers', but each has its' own nuances..... but Nova Prime just can't be beat for ease of use, and lots of Customization capabilities.... like the app drawer.

    It will give you Folders..... I put all of the Internet icons in one Folder "INTERNET',
    all of my tools apps, "TOOLS"
    all of the Google related stuff "GOOGLE"
    all of my GPS related apps? "GPS"

    and you can put the Folder names in ALL CAPS...
    and you can change the size of the Folder Name Fonts


    that way, you simply don't need the Apps Drawer period.... what you want is always at your finger tips... you will never see Bloatware in one of your Folders....

    There is NO valid reason for avoiding the use of a Launcher, any of them. They give you special effects that simply are NOT available from the Stock Crap....

    and, you can switch Launchers willy nilly with a Launcher Switcher app.
     
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  7. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    What phone do you have? On a Samsung, it's supposed to be open app drawer>menu button>edit>drag the app to new page
     
  8. anranda

    anranda Lurker
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    I have an LG G3.
     
  9. anranda

    anranda Lurker
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    I should add I do have the app drawer set to custom and still can't rearrange apps. Having it set to custom only arranges apps by date, and it clusters them to pages. Like, I have one page with three apps on it that I installed in November, followed by a page toally full of apps I installed in December.
     
  10. tommo47

    tommo47 On Yer Bike, In Yer Chair
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    Hi, on my HTC M9 (stock), when I've selected 'Custom' there is an additional option on the three dot menu button top right 'Rearrange apps' which allows creation of folders eg. 'Navigation', in the app drawer as well as simply rearranging the app position from page to page.

    Screenshot_2016-01-09-09-01-59.png Screenshot_2016-01-09-09-02-14.png Screenshot_2016-01-09-09-02-28.png

    Is that option not there on your LG?
     
    #10 tommo47, Jan 9, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  11. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I have an LG G Stylo and have Nova Launcher. Nova is alot better and will make the phone smoother and faster than the LG launcher. I like to stay as stock as possible but Nova has gotten so good, it's one of the top overall apps out there.
     
  12. anranda

    anranda Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Unfortunately, I don't have that option. I have these settings:
    Screenshot_2016-01-09-17-32-57.png
    View apps by is the option to arrange them (pic follows); the next three are self-explanatory, I think; Home screen settings adjusts just the home screen. If I go into View apps by, I get these:
    Screenshot_2016-01-09-17-33-05.png
    As you can see, I have it set to Custom. If I press an option, it switches to that setting and takes me back to the drawer while adjusting for any changes, and I'm unable to do anything further once I select an arrangement. If I press and hold an app icon as if to move it, I'm automatically taken to the home screen and my only options are place the app somewhere on the home screen, cancel the movement, or check the app's information (I used my phone's Help app and hovered over the weather/time widget to demonstrate):
    Screenshot_2016-01-09-17-44-25.png
    There's no way for me to go back into the app drawer once I have an app on press/hold, so I can't just go back in and drop the app where I want it to be within the drawer. I've tried the Edit/uninstall apps option, but that just takes me to the app management section of the phone's settings.
     
  13. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I suggest just going for Nova. It's lightweight, faster than most stock launchers, and can do a lot of things that you won't even notice it's not stock. Personally the only thing I miss about stock is the ability to use the S Planner Widget.
     
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