Home Screen Layout is Locked How to Unlock: iPhone/Android

Android/iPhone home screen is layout locked and how to unlock? Just keep on reading to know how to finish the process efficiently.

Kathy by Kathy Updated April 8, 2024
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If you find that you're unable to move any apps on your home screen, it's likely that you've accidentally locked your home screen layout. So, what should you do when you can't access the feature to unlock your home screen?

Continue reading to discover how to unlock the home screen layout on iPhone and Android devices.

The Home Screen layout is locked how to unlock on iPhone

If you're using an iPhone, follow these steps to unlock the home screen layout:

Step 1. Open your iPhone Settings.

Step 2. Tap on "General" and then select "Accessibility."

Step 3. Choose "Home Button."

Step 4. Toggle the switch next to "Rest Finger to Open" to turn it on.

reset finger to open

When the grey icons turn blue, your home screen layout will be unlocked, allowing you to customize the layout settings.

If you change your mind and want to reset your iPhone's home screen layout back to normal, follow these steps:

Step 1. Tap on Settings, then go to General.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "Reset."

Step 3. Select "Reset Home Screen Layout" and confirm the action to restore the default layout.

How to unlock Home Screen layout on Android

Each Android smartphone may have a different method for unlocking the home screen layout. Here are specific instructions for various Android devices:

Home screen layout locked how to unlock on Samsung

To unlock the home screen layout on Samsung devices, follow these steps:

Step 1. Pull down the notification shade or long-press the home screen.

Step 2. Go to Settings.

Step 3. Tap on "Home Screen."

Step 4. Toggle off the option for "Lock Home Screen Layout."

Alternatively, tap and hold a space on the home screen, select "Settings," and then disable "Lock Home Screen Layout."

layout on samsung

How to unlock Home Screen layout on Huawei

For Huawei devices, unlock the home screen layout by:

Step 1. Pinching your fingers together on the home screen.

Step 2. Tap on "Settings."

Step 3. Disable the "Lock Layout" option.

Alternatively, navigate to Settings > Home Screen & Wallpaper > Home Screen Settings, then disable "Lock Layout."

unlock screen layout on huawei

How to unlock Home Screen layout on Infinix 

To unlock the home screen layout on Infinix devices:

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Scroll down and tap on "Home Screen Layout."

Step 3. Confirm the switch to unlock the layout.

Home screen layout unlock on Oppo

For Oppo devices, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Tap on "Home screen, Lock screen & Always-On-Display."

home screen

Step 3. Disable "Home Screen Locked."

Screen layout lock on Redmi

To unlock the Redmi home screen layout:

Step 1. Open Settings.

Step 2. Find and tap on "Home Screen."

Step 3. Toggle off the "Home Screen Layout" option.

Following these steps specific to your device will enable you to unlock the home screen layout and rearrange apps on your Android device to your liking.

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selective backup

Step 3. Click each icon to select the data you need to back up and click OK.

select contacts

Step 4. Then select a destination by clicking Backup Storage Path to choose a storage path, and tap Start Backup.

start to back up

Next time when you need to restore the backup, you can go to My Backups > Click Restore dot to finish the process.

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You might unintentionally or intentionally lock your home screen layout, which can prevent you from customizing it by moving apps. Fortunately, there are methods to unlock the home screen layout on both Android and iPhone devices, allowing you to regain control and customize your home screen as desired.

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