Android Tip: Access Apps Quickly With Application Groups (Android 2.2 and up)
Want a quick, easy way to access apps on your Android without searching through your entire list of apps, and without cluttering your screens with shortcuts? Try using application groups instead.
Android users have a limited amount of screen space available to them – typically 3 to 7 screens on average. With limited space, it’s easy to see how screens can quickly become cluttered, especially if you install a lot of apps.
In the past, the solution was to download another app to allow for organization. However, Android started catching on, and gave users the ability to group apps into folders to reduce screen clutter.
This worked for a while, but it became clear that this still wasn’t the solution that Android users wanted, so with version 2.2, Android introduced the ability to group applications from the actual app screen.
App groups are an easy way to categorize everything, allowing you to quickly access what you need, when you need it, without wasting time searching. Additionally, you can add an app group to your main screen, making it even easier to access.
To group your apps, click on the apps button. Press and long hold on the app you would like to categorize. A menu will appear, with one of the options being “Add to Group.” Click this option and then add the app to an existing group, or click the green plus to create a New Group. You may name groups whatever you wish.
Note: You can only group apps if you’re running Android version 2.2 or higher. To determine which version you are running, go to Settings > About Phone > and look for the Android Version number.
You may also have some default groups set, depending on your carrier. (For example, on Verizon phones, there is a Verizon Wireless group already setup which groups all Verizon apps together.)
To switch between groups, click on the Apps button, and then click on the words “All Apps” at the top. A menu will appear, showing you a list of groups. Click on the desired group to access the group.
If you accidentally add an app to the wrong group, go to the group, locate the app, press and long hold, and when the menu appears, select “Remove from group.”
To add an application group to a particular screen on your Android, locate the spot where you would like the group to appear. Press and long hold until the menu appears and select Shortcut > Applications > App Groups. Then, select the appropriate application group.
Try setting up an app group for the gym, that includes everything you need for working out (like your favorite music or video apps), or setup an app group for anything else you need. App groups are a quick, easy way to catalog what’s on your phone, so that you can access exactly what you need, when you need it.
What application groups do you use on your Android phone? Leave us a comment and share how you use your Android phone.