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?

  • Which launcher do you use ? Feb 11, 2011 at 10:59
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    GoLauncher has a 'recent' tab in the apps pane, if that's any help. Not really desktop though
    – David Yell
    Feb 11, 2011 at 11:19
  • I use ADW Launcher EX and I actually don't want to change it :/
    – Leimi
    Feb 11, 2011 at 12:57
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    Launcher Pro has a swipe gesture that shows recently used apps.
    – Sparx
    Feb 11, 2011 at 14:21
  • Related: How to simulate long press home button?
    – Firelord
    Oct 9, 2015 at 22:58

5 Answers 5


Here you go. Just move the icon to your homepage as a shortcut and you're good to go :)


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via droidforums.net

  • 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 21:12
  • Yeah the apps are the same but the application style/theme isn't :p
    – Leimi
    Mar 5, 2011 at 2:50
  • The link is dead. An update is required to the answer.
    – Firelord
    Oct 9, 2015 at 22:54

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


There is a Recent Apps Widget available on Google Play.


App Bar Widgets just what you're looking for.

  • The link is dead. An update is required here.
    – Firelord
    Oct 3, 2015 at 15:53

Check out Recent Task 2 on Play Store.


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