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Customizing Your Android Homescreen, Part 3: The Dock

Monday, May 26th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android
 
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In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed downloading a new launcher and some new icons to help spruce up your homescreen. In the final article, I’ll show you how to customize your dock, the final piece of the puzzle. You’ll have a gorgeous new homescreen in no time!

As with the previous posts, I’ll be using Nova Launcher for this example. Many of these abilities are available with other launchers as well, so look around and see what you can find.

To start, open Nova Settings from your app drawer and tap Dock. You’ll see a number of options available here. We’ll start with the first, Dock Style.

 

 

Once you open this tab, you’ll see a preview of what your dock will look like. The standard dock is the “platform” shape, but you can choose others and see what they look like.

 

 

Below you can see the result of choosing the rounded rectangle shape.

 

Dock Pages and Dock Icons are fairly self-explanatory; by changing the number in these settings, you can make it easy to access a larger number of icons from the dock (Dock Pages allows you to swipe the dock left or right to bring up a new set of icons).

Small Icons does exactly what it says―it decreases the size of the icons in the dock. I find smaller icons to be much more stylish, and it gives you a bit more room on the homescreen as well.

The Show Divider option allows you to remove the divider between the dock and the rest of the homescreen.

Now that you have an idea of what you can do from this screen, we’ll go to a bit more advanced option, and my personal favorite. At the top of the Dock window, you’ll see a check box labelled “Enable Dock.” By un-checking this box, you’ll make the dock totally disappear, which I think looks great.

 

Before you do that, though, I recommend visiting the Gestures and Buttons page of Nova Settings and making sure that one of the gestures opens the app drawer. I like to keep only a few icons on my homescreen and double-tap to open the app drawer.

 

 

And now that you know how to customize your dock, you’re ready to create a whole new homescreen for your Android phone! Have fun with it―play around, try different icons, switch up the dock, use gestures . . . the sky is the limit.

~ Dann

Image credit: Michael Miceli via Wikimedia Commmons.

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