I am using Samsung tablets for workers in the field. They only need to use one app but some users keep moving it off the home screen and then they can't find it.

How can I keep apps on the home screen from moving?


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A work-around you could use on Android to refrain from having apps move or be uninstalled by either accident or someone trying to purposely do so:

Settings -> Accessibility -> Dexterity and Interaction -> Press and hold delay -> Custom

From here, you can just set an obnoxiously long press and hold delay so that when icons are held down to be either moved or uninstalled, it takes however long you've set the interval for to actually initiate that command. So, a) doing it by accident becomes harder and b) Someone who doesn't know you've set that feature will assume it doesn't work and not opt to wait 35 seconds of holding an icon down.

Just my little trick, at least.


On Samsung devices with One UI, with the default home screen of One UI Home, it is possible to keep the app shortcuts from moving off the home screen.

  1. On the home screen, long-hold on an empty space, then select "Settings"
    • Alternatively, open the Settings app - Home screen
  2. Enable "Lock Home screen layout"

Lock Home screen layout

Prevent items on the Home screen from being removed or repositioned.


The stock home screen doesn't support locking/pinning the apps permanently.

You could try 3rd-party launchers for this purpose: Solo Launcher, Nova Launcher, etc. are some of those. Locking a desktop is possible in these launchers.


Settings -> Accessibility -> Press and hold delay -> Long

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