I like my home screens like I like my princes: tall, dark, and handsome.
The tall screens on recent flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 offer up a lot of options for building and theming home screens. You can mix things up and lay your icons and widgets out differently — matter of fact, you sort of have to. Using the same layout on an S8 as you did on a Google Pixel will leave your fingers stretching, your layout wonky, and some of your space wasted.
Let’s fix that.
Add more rows
The standard home screen grid has been 4×4 or 5×5 on most home screens for a while, and while that used to turn out good home screens when screens were under 5 inches, on tall screens, that just doesn’t cut it anymore.
If you like the simplicity of a 4-column desktop, try bumping up the number of rows to a 4-column by 6-row grid. I’ve found something of a sweet spot for tall home screen desktops around six to eight columns by seven to nine rows, give or take a dock or persistent search bar (more on those in a minute). By adding more rows, you can fit more icons on your big, tall home screen, or you can better space things out.
Move your search bar
Pro-tip: Assign the pull down gesture on your home screen to Search.
If you’re used to having a Google search bar on your home screen, you don’t have to get rid of it, but if it stays at the very top of your home screen, it’s going to be harder to reach and less likely to be used. In an age where we can all summon Google with a quick command word, the search widget is less useful than in years past, but it’s nice to have a shortcut sometimes, and they can add a…
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