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Do you know if there is any way to create a shortcut or widget on the homescreen to access to the "Recent Apps" list? Basically, is there any way to access to this list without having to hold the Home button?

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Which launcher do you use ? – Nicolas NOEL Feb 11 '11 at 10:59
GoLauncher has a 'recent' tab in the apps pane, if that's any help. Not really desktop though – David Yell Feb 11 '11 at 11:19
I use ADW Launcher EX and I actually don't want to change it :/ – Leimi Feb 11 '11 at 12:57
Launcher Pro has a swipe gesture that shows recently used apps. – Sparx Feb 11 '11 at 14:21
Related: How to simulate long press home button? – Firelord Oct 9 '15 at 22:58
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Here you go. Just move the icon to your homepage as a shortcut and you're good to go :)


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Thanks! Well it's not a shortcut to the real Recent Apps dialog but it seems this is the closest thing I will get. – Leimi Feb 23 '11 at 20:18
@Leimi It's not your inbuilt OS Recent Apps dialog but I believe apps can retrieve the list of the latest apps used so therefore the list should be the same but a little longer. – mlevit Feb 23 '11 at 21:12
Yeah the apps are the same but the application style/theme isn't :p – Leimi Mar 5 '11 at 2:50
The link is dead. An update is required to the answer. – Firelord Oct 9 '15 at 22:54

I made a free widget to do this, you can get it from the Play Store here.

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There is a Recent Apps Widget available on Google Play.

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App Bar Widgets just what you're looking for.

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The link is dead. An update is required here. – Firelord Oct 3 '15 at 15:53

Check out Recent Task 2 on Play Store.

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