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I have ZTE Overture 2 running Lollipop and I can't figure out how to do this at all. In my Android 4.0.x phone, I would simply go to the Apps button/icon, press and hold any app's icon, and drag it to any of the home screens. Now, when I do that in Android Lollipop, the icon stays in the home screen and there is a bar to the top with a trash can icon to the left and the word Uninstall to the right. I can't figure out how to cancel this act, so I am forced to restart my phone and I am left still not knowing how to add a shortcut to an app to the home screen.

I moved some programs to the SD card and now that I restarted my phone, they are no longer on the home screen and one folder in which I had some icons, is gone entirely.

  • It is the same way as before, it only uninstalls if you bring the icon to the uninstall section. – Tristan Wiley Jun 22 '15 at 1:12
  • Wow. This new phone is making me look like a fool. The uninstall bar was staying there and the icon would be like frozen wherever I put it. When I switched to different home screens the icon would stay in the same spot but all the other icons would go away to show me the other home screen I selected. – Rolo Jun 22 '15 at 2:03
  • I restarted the phone a few times trying to increase my chances of getting a successful bluetooth pairing and I guess that did the trick with this also. Thanks @TristanWiley for your help. It worries me a bit that a new phone is acting up like this though. – Rolo Jun 22 '15 at 2:10
  • Hmm it could be a bug. You said it's new, where did you get it? Also, what phone is it? Do you have a warranty? – Tristan Wiley Jun 22 '15 at 2:15
  • I'll just hope it's a one time thing for now. It's the ZTE Overture 2 that I got from one of Cricket Wireless' stores. – Rolo Jun 22 '15 at 2:27
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How to add a shortcut for any app to the home screen in Android Lollipop?

I'm aware of two app based methods that can do the job on Lollipop 5.0 and are listed below:

Method #1

Install and launch QuickShortcutMaker → under Applications choose the app whose shortcut you want at your Home screen → select Create.

The app shortcut is now placed at Home screen. During the shortcut creation you can change the icon or name of the shortcut too.

Note that if your Launcher isn't showing the shortcut using the aforesaid instructions then go to Widgets section of your Launcher and add QuickShortcutMaker widget to get the job done.

Method #2

If Method #1 didn't work, or you've Tasker installed then you may use it for the objective.

Pressing Back Key saves the changes in Tasker app.

  1. Go to Widgets section in your Launcher and choose Task Shortcut
  2. Select New Task → name it (name of the app shortcut) and select OK
  3. Tap +AppLaunch App → choose the app for the shortcut → tap Back key
  4. In the Task Shortcut window tap 3x3 square iconApplication icon → choose the icon you want on the shortcut → tap Back key to come back to Home screen.

Your shortcut is now placed at Home Screen and is ready for launch.

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I use the paid version of Nova Launcher (Nova Prime) as my default home screen. It allows to set shortcuts to any activity by long-pressing anywhere on the home screen as well as placing any icon of your choice

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