If you are searching for how to unlock home screen layout of your android smartphone, then you are at the right place. In this post I will help you fix the ‘home screen layout is locked‘ issue.
Android is one of the most popular OS for smartphones. Android devices are very flexible and comes with a lot of customization features. Also, it supports a wide range of apps. When we compare android with iOS, I will say that iOS is like a closed room and, Android is like an open playground.
Why should you lock home screen layout
The home screen layout lock is a very nice feature on Android mobile phones whose actual purpose is to prevent the displacement of app icons present on the home screen. It also avoids the unnoticed dislocation of those app icons.
There are several benefits in keeping your Android phone’s home screen layout locked. They are:
- Prevents movement of app icons due to moisture presence on your fingers.
- Prevents deletion or movement of apps/app icons when the device is with your small child.
- Helps you to avoid app icon movement when your phone is in unlocked condition, without your knowledge.
- Helps you avoid loss of data and files due to deletion of apps without your knowledge.
What happens when your home screen layout is not locked
When your home screen layout is not locked, the app icons may get displaced from one place to another. This happens due to several reasons. When you give your Android phone to your child in unlocked condition, he/she may play with it without proper care. They might drag their fingers here and there which can make the app icons on the home screen move. This happens with adults too, like when we have a little moisture presence on our hands.
In some cases, these movements may lead to the deletion of some apps or app icons present on the home screen without your knowledge. Also, if these apps may have valuable data and files, then this can bring some loss and make you stressed.
How to Unlock Home Screen Layout
Now, let’s see how to unlock home screen layout of your Android smartphone.
Unlocking the home screen layout lock is very simple. In most smartphones, you can just tap and hold an empty space on the home screen to see the settings tab. All you have to do is to go to the home screen widget settings and unlock the home screen layout lock option.
Now let us check out how to remove home screen layout lock on different devices.
How to Unlock Home Screen Layout in Redmi
Time needed: 2 minutes.
Follow the steps below to unlock home screen layout in your Redmi smartphone.
- Open your Redmi smartphone.
Firstly, unlock your Xiaomi Redmi smartphone.
- Tap and hold on an empty space on the home screen.
Empty spaces are those blank areas where there are no widgets or app icons.
- Click on the ‘Settings’ button.
Now click on the ‘Settings’ button from the bottom menu options.
- Uncheck the ‘Lock Home screen layout’ option.
Tap on the switch button for the ‘Lock Home screen layout’ option to unlock Home screen layout.
Done. Now the Home screen layout of your Mi Redmi smartphone is unlocked. In this process, here I have used Redmi 4A (similar to Redmi 4). But you can try this on any Xiaomi or Redmi Android mobile phone. The process is almost same for devices like Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 8 Pro, Redmi Go, Mi Note 8, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5A etc.
How to Unlock Home Screen Layout in Redmi – Method 2
If you failed to unlock home screen layout in Redmi using the above method, then you can try this.
- Unlock your Redmi phone.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Open the ‘Home screen & Recents’ item under the ‘System & Device’ tab.
- Tap on the toggle button of ‘Lock Home screen layout’.
Done. Both the methods I explained above are almost the same. The difference is that you access the same settings via different paths.
How to Unlock Home Screen Layout in Samsung
Now let us check out how to unlock home screen layout in Samsung.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Locate the home screen layout settings. Or you can use the search bar located at the top of the Settings screen and search for ‘home screen layout’.
- Now tap on the toggle button to unlock home screen layout in your Samsung smartphone.
Done. The procedure is almost the same for devices like Samsung S8,Samsung S9, Samsung S10, Samsung J7 etc.
Now you have learned how to unlock the home screen layout on Redmi, Samsung or any other phone. If you have any doubts regarding this, you can comment below.