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I am running stock Android 11 on a Motorola device. I am trying to disable the feature that adds newly installed apps to my home screen.

I read an article How to stop new apps from being added to your home screen on Android Oreo that says

How to stop new apps from being added to your home screen on Android Oreo |

  1. Navigate to your Android device’s home screen
  2. Locate a blank section of the display and long press on it
  3. Three options will appear. Tap on Home Settings
  4. Toggle the switch off (so that it’s grayed out) next to Add Icon to Home screen

but the switch to "Add icon to home screen" is missing.

Can somebody help me disable the feature?

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  • I think it also depends on the launcher apps, whether they add this setting or not, so you might want to check if the setting is still available on the Play Store instead.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented May 13, 2022 at 6:47
  • @AndrewT. Sorry for late reply, I couldn't manage to find any such option in Play Store; However, when I searched for the same in my settings apps, I saw that option but when I clicked it, it redirected me to the same page with no such option. I think it is probably a bug? Anyways can I forcefully change it by modifying system files? Commented May 14, 2022 at 4:52

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Instructions are missing a step - added below

  1. Navigate to your Android device’s home screen
  2. Locate a blank section of the display and long press on it
  3. Three options will appear. Tap on Home Settings
  4. Tap Home Screen Style, then the settings cog next to App Tray
  5. Toggle off "Add app icons to the Home screen"
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  1. Go into the Home Screen Style menu
  2. Tap on Settings icon in App tray section.
  3. Turn off Add app icons to home screen

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