A phone user manual (HTC Wildfire S. Android 2.2) says

'Home screen has seven panels that you can customise'.

The system settings do not contain an option to modify the number of panels.

I was searching for this on the web and was not able to find any solution that does not involve third-party applications.

If this requires programming, please, move the question to StackOverflow and respond with detail.

  • 1
    You'll need to at least provide the phone model and Android version. The ability to change the number of home screens varies greatly between different vendors and versions.
    – Stefan Seidel
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 9:38
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    on my galexy s2 I press home, home (I am now on home screen), menu, edit, +
    – richard
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 10:40
  • typically, pressing the settings button while looking at your home screen, then pressing edit screens brings up the menu that allows you to add and remove screens.
    – Lee Harrison
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 12:14
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    Install ADW Launcher, LauncherPro or Go Launcher EX which provide such options...
    – iOS
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 11:14

3 Answers 3


If you don't want use 3rd party apps:

This requires decent computer skills and a rooted phone, but here are the steps for android 2.3 Gingerbread.

  1. Copy /system/home.apk from your phone to pc.
  2. Decompile home.apk using apktool.
  3. Goto [decompiled folder]/res/values/integer.xml
  4. Change <integer name="number_of_desktop_panes">5</integer>, to 7 or whatever you want.
  5. Save it,and compile the apk using apktool.
  6. Copy it back to phone i.e to /system,change its permissions to -rw-r-r.
  • Editing an XML file is hardly considered compiling.
    – user13391
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 10:11
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    after editing XML,you are going to compile back the "apk".
    – Neal
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 11:01
  • That's not programming either.
    – user13391
    Commented Oct 7, 2012 at 16:10
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    Phone needs to rooted.Then you access /system.
    – Neal
    Commented Oct 8, 2012 at 7:47
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    It's probably a good idea not too set this too high either, taking memory and performance into account.
    – MarioDS
    Commented Oct 12, 2012 at 21:54

When you are on home screen, press the Menu button, then Edit submenu and you will have all the panels displayed. A long press on one of it will select a panel, then you will be able to move it into the trash.

You will be able to reduce the number of panels but no way to have more than 7 panels on a SGS2.

  • There is no Edit submenu. I press home button twice and see a list of panels (like thumbnails) on the screen. I can drag and re-arrange them, but I do not see how to remove.
    – user19253
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 23:53

Home screen has seven panels that you can customize.

You can't change the number of home screen panels. The quoted part simply means that there are seven panels that can be customized to your liking e.g: add shortcuts, widgets.

If you want to decrease that simply switch to a 3rd party launcher like Go launcher Ex.

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