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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JBentleyR, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Android Enthusiast
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    Samsung Galaxy S8
    All my apps appear in random order on my home screen. I have attempted to sort them following the instructions on the Samsung site, which says I should tap the 'three dots' on the home screen and select 'sort' / 'sort alphabetically'.
    There is no 'three dots' icon above the list of apps. How can I sort the apps alphabetically, please?

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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Long press on each icon and drag each one to the proper position
  3. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Android Enthusiast
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    Thanks. I began by doing that, but thought there might be an easier and quicker solution. I should mention that until yesterday all my home screen icons were arranged alphabetically. Something, somehow jumbled them up!

    However, I have now discovered and installed 'Nova Settings' from the Android play store. This is far and away better than the existing arrangement provided by Samsung, and provides many more options for arrangement, etc.
    No sooner had I installed it, it had arranged all my desktop icons alphabetically without my even asking. Why can't Samsung do that?!

    Thanks anyway for your response.
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  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    It's the default Samsung launcher, and Nova launcher is what I use also, much better and highly customizable
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  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Most stock apps are there just to get you by until you find something better.

    You will find this to be true with almost every single app your phone came with- or at least that is how it was for me.
  6. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Android Enthusiast
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    I agree that it is usual to download alternative apps that are better than those supplied with the phone. However, many of these ask for payment or include advertising. I was very pleased to see that Nova does neither, though I'd be happy to pay a couple of bob for such a good app.
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  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I have found excellent replacement apps for most all of my needs.

    I don't want ads, and an app must be pretty incredible for me to tolerate even having in-app purchases.

    There are many apps that have neither ads or in-app purchases.

    For any that I must have that have ads, I use a firewall to block internet access to the app and that gets rid of the ads.
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  8. Hans M Roeper

    Hans M Roeper Lurker

    Hello, I had the same problem. Smart Sort Launcher is perfect, but with ads. You can buy the app for 4,99 lifetime. First week is free. The owner promised me today to remove all ads and make the app free for everyone! I love this app.

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date was April 2017. Features and Specs include a 5.8" inch screen, 12MP camera, 4GB RAM, Exynos 8895 processor, and 3000mAh battery.

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