One of the best things about Android is the shockingly vast range of great third-party apps in the Google Play store. Each new app expands the capabilities of your phone or tablet in any number of exciting new directions. When you first install a new app though, some of the more presumptuous developers configure their apps to automatically add a shortcut to your home screen. Then, if it’s not an app you want on your home screen, you have to go and manually remove it.

The issue can certainly be annoying, but you’ll be glad to know that there’s an easy fix.

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A quick blog post from Phone Arena on Wednesday explains how to prevent apps from automatically placing icons on your home screens without your permission in three easy steps.

  1. In the Google Play Store app on your smartphone or tablet, tap the menu button in the top left corner
  2. Scroll down and tap “Settings”
  3. Now, just uncheck the box next to “Add icon to Home screen”

That’s it! Apps will no longer be able to place shortcuts on any home screens, and will instead be accessible only in the main app drawer by default.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.