How to set up a landscape home screen on your Google Pixel

When you choose an Android smartphone, you’re choosing a smartphone that is almost endlessly customizable. Even features that you weren’t aware were even a possibility are able to be tweaked to your heart’s content.

Your Google Pixel, like most Android smartphones, does not have the option to set up a landscape-oriented home screen enabled by default. Instead, be prepared to a bit of digging around in your Pixel Launcher settings to get this unique feature up and running.Google Pixel with landscape home screen enabled

  1. Open up your Settings app on your Google Pixel.
  2. Scroll down and tap the section labelled Apps.
  3. Scroll down and tap Pixel Launcher.
  4. Then tap the Settings gear icon in the top right corner.
  5. Then tap the switch next to Allow Home screen rotation.

There’s more than one way to set up this unusual home screen though and this second method is probably a bit quicker.

  1. Unlock your Google Pixel.
  2. Tap and hold a blank space on your Home screen.
  3. Then tap the large Settings gear icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.
  4. Then tap the switch next to Allow Home screen rotation.

If you’d like to allow home screen rotation on an Android that isn’t a Google Pixel, you should know that this same feature can be accessed pretty much the same way on other Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Furthermore, if you have an Android smartphone with the Google Now Launcher installed, you should find this setting in the same location.  If you’re having trouble finding the right settings to allow for a landscape home screen, instead of looking for Apps in settings, look for Google Now Launcher instead.

Keep in mind that enabling a landscape home screen can make the layout of your Google Pixel a bit confusing. It may  not look like swiping up from the bottom of the phone will open the app drawer for instance. But if it bothers you too much just go ahead and turn this feature off again.

Sources: 9to5Google

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