How to Lock Home Screen Layout on Android

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The apps that you have on your Home Screen of your Android can tell a lot about you. For instance, your Home Screen usually has your favorite form of entertainment on your Android such as your go to Music app, your Social Media apps, maybe a News app if you like to stay up on current events, or a Shopping app if you do your shopping online.

If you are like most people all these apps have a specific place you like to keep them, and they stay there pretty much the whole time you have your Android. You might swap out one or two here and there, but overall the layout and apps on your Home Screen tend to stay the same.

Unless of course you or someone else accidentally moves apps or deletes them from the Home Screen. You can prevent that from happening to you and lock your home screen layout and apps in place. This is a feature that the new Galaxy have now since an update called Android Pie update came out.

This is a great feature for active people that have accidental touches happen to them while their device is in their pocket. Its also great for those parents out there who let their kids play with their Android. This feature will prevent the layout, widgets, and apps from being changed or altered in any way.

Turning this feature on does limit what you can do with your Home Screen of course. You won’t be able to add or delete any app icons or widgets when you have your Home Screen Layout Locked. Makes sense, right? That’s what you were looking for.

Enable the Lock Home Screen Layout Feature


1. To enable this feature, go to your Settings on your device. This should be an icon that looks like a Gear, or you can scroll down from the top of the screen and tap the Gear icon there


2. In the Settings menu, tap the Display tab

Home screen

3. Now, you need to tap the Home screen tab

4. This is where you will find the option to Enable the Lock Home Screen Layout feature

Enable Lock home screen layout

5. Tap the toggle switch to enable and disable the feature as needed, maybe you want to move some things around or add an app icon or widget to the Home Screen. When you are done with your customization, turn the feature back on to lock your home screen again

Again, you will not be able to move anything or delete anything by accident. If you try to do move icons or widgets or delete something from the Home Screen you will receive a notification saying “Can’t move item. Home screen layout locked.”

There is still an option to customize your Home Screen by using the Galaxy S9 home screen edit mode. This feature has many customization options, and some that you can’t find in your Settings. This lets you customize your Home Screen without ever leaving it.

The long list of things you can do in this edit mode is rather surprising.

  • Change wallpaper for the home and lock screen
  • Add widgets to the home screen
  • Change your Galaxy theme
  • Align app icons
  • Add or delete panels on the home screen
  • Re-arrange panels
  • Turn app icon badges on and off
  • And a few others

Enter the Home Screen Edit Mode

  1. Find an empty area on your Home Screen and Tap and Hold it
  2. You can also use a Pinch Gesture to enter the Home Screen Edit Mode

Notes: If you can’t access the home screen edit mode you may be using the Easy Mode. You have to be in Standard Mode to customize your Home Screen.

1. To exit Easy mode, open your Settings


2. Then, tap the Display tab

Easy mode

3. Scroll until you see the Easy Mode tab and tap it

Easy Mode

4. To finish, tap the Standard Mode option and then Apply. This will let you customize your Home Screen

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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