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How can I edit the URL of a home screen bookmark?

I havent been able to find an intuitive way to modify a desktop shortcut's URL, but I have found a workaround for the problem. Put your phone in airplane mode and disable WiFi to turn off all ...
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How can I add a shortcut to a particular Google Drive document to my Android homescreen?

Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots: (Click an image to enlarge it) Open the Drive app (not the app for the specific document type; this won't work in the Docs, ...
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Can I prevent home screen shortcuts from getting deleted or moved around?

To prevent deleting or moving your home screen Icons accidentally On your Android version 7 or up. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch and hold delay. Now Select Short, Medium, or Long or ...
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Access image file from home screen

If you have a Samsung device, go to files and find the picture. Then long press to select it, click more on the bottom, then click add to home screen. :)
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How to add desktop shortcut for URL, ignoring web app manifest?

To bypass any site's web app manifest Copy the following code JavaScriptx:<!-- NOTE: JavaScriptx is NOT A TYPO!!! --> if (meta=document.querySelector('meta[name="mobile-web-app-capable&...
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How to add app shortcuts to home screen on the Note 9

First, check if your time and weather widget are taking too much space. To check: long press on that particular widget and you will see how much of space it is taking. If you are using two different ...
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Access image file from home screen

Upload the photo to Google Drive Open the Drive app and open the photo Open the triple dots menu in the top right Scroll down Add to Home screen
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Open a new tab in chrome from a shortcut or app

Solution for Android 7.1 (API level 25) and higher If you're using a launcher which supports App Shortcuts you can: Long-press the Chrome icon to bring up shortcuts. Long-press the New tab shortcut ...
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Join an existing Google Meet meeting from the home screen with an URL

Turn off the internet on the device and open the meet URL in a browser. Now, the URL will stay in the adress bar, and you can save it to the home screen the usual way.
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Chrome and Firefox cannot add specific URL to home screen

tl;dr Using the browsers' "Add to Home Screen" (A2HS) feature may not open the expected link due to the browsers trying to comply with the standard of Progressive Web Application (PWA). Try ...
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How to add multiple apps to the homescreen(s) at once?

You can't with the stock launcher, but in Nova Launcher you can multi-select apps in the Add to Home screen list and add them all at once to either the home screen or a folder. I've also read that LG ...
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how do i add a shortcut to homescreen in #materinova launcher?

That's because they are sorted alongside all the widgets. That's not very intuitive but at least they're here!
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Shorcut on desktop that enables packet data and 3G

You can add widgets to your home screen if your phone supports. You can also try widgets from play store like 2g-3g switch Data on or off
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How to remove all icons from the Android home screen at once?

Your situation is due to the Auto add widget due to which when ever you install an app it wall automatically add an widget on your home screen thereby increasing the home screen count also. I will ...
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One tap GPS toggle on Nexus 4

The Android Power Control widget has been part of the base Android setup since version 2.1. While the icons can vary by OS version and manufacturer, by and large it has five buttons that give you ...
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One tap GPS toggle on Nexus 4

Open the settings shortcut menu (two-finger swipe from the top of the screen) then long-press the "Location" setting. That's only two actions.
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Can't see icon names on my android home screen?

Depending on the type of Home launcher, there are options to turn on/off icon labels. Check in Andorid Settings - Home, if not found, try long press on an empty part of the home screen, then check if ...
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How do I add a desktop link to a youtube video?

I found a way to do this! (It's a bit fiddly). Find your YouTube video View the website in Desktop mode Shorten the URL (using goo.gl) Turn off Wi-Fi (so the shortened URL won't get to youtube.com) ...
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Shortcut to a specific folder using the "My Files" file manager

My bad, in fact the app My Files has this option already:
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How can one create a file shortcut inside the Android file system?

What you are looking for is called symbolic linking ln -s command is your friend. Now depending on your device and the file manager you use, this process can differ. I don't think you'll need root ...
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How to create a home screen shortcut for a live streaming URL?

Stock android does not offer the possibility of creating custom desktop shortcuts since that's something handled by the launcher which is just an app like any other. While some launchers do offer to ...
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How to create app-like Chrome shortcuts?

You wait for the web app developer to implement Chrome's WebAPK on Android feature/requirements. From the following post: How to Remove Chrome Logo from PWA App Home Screen Link (Android O Preview) ...
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How do I add a Google Assistant command to a button on the homescreen?

Since asking this question, Google has release an app called Action Blocks which does literally exactly what I'm asking for in this question. With it, you can create "actions" which are either from ...
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Finding out the intents an app uses internally

You can use adb to check what intents an app uses. The steps to do this are: Enable developer options Under developer options turn on adb debugging Connect phone to computer Get adb logs and grep ...
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Where are displayed shortcuts stored?

There is no common desktop in Android. The desktop or the better term, the Home screen and its content changes based on the Launcher currently set as default. Desktop is also no directory in Android ...
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Can I prevent home screen shortcuts from getting deleted or moved around?

This is not an add-on app to a preexisting launcher but, there's a very thoughtfully designed, lightweight launcher called Smart Launcher that has an important feature called "Prevent Modifications," ...
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Problem adding web app shortcut to home screen on Galaxy tablet

Go to web site, choose "request desktop site" on chrome settings, choose settings again, then choose "add to homescreen"
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Cyclic App Screens?

Try Nova Launcher from the play store. You can import your old home screen pretty easily and it allows you to "infinite scroll". Press Menu on the home screen > Press Nova Settings > Press Desktop > ...
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Can I get a shortcut to the Downloaded Files folder?

Go to your home screen, long press on any area then choose to add "Shortcut" => "Activities". Then you'll see a long expandable list. You need to find here "Downloads". Click on it to expand it and ...
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Shortcut/Widget to set a reminder in Google Now

Note 5 - Nova Launcher - Android v6.0.1 (and yes, i am still waiting for the update in AUSTRALIA) find the Google Calender app on your phone (mine is in the drawer) Press/hold the icon to launch the ...
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