Getting Started with Android: Give a Personal Touch to Your Desktop (I)

We continue with our special of the first steps with Android. We have already talked about fundamental applications, memory management, how to buy apps in the Android Market and have also learned to synchronize our contacts in our phones and tablets.

Today let’s talk about a simpler subject and, why not, more enjoyable: How to customize our Android desktop. As you know the OS comes has many tools and options to give you a personal and unique touch to your device. Let’s look at element by element What we offer and what we can do with them.

The desktop

Let’s start with the basic and fundamental: the desktop of Android. An of the great attractions operating system not only for the beautiful thing that is not by the useful What is it. Someone spoke of screens full of icons without further? No thanks. Android desks have plenty to offer.

Desks, by default, only have three pages where you can set all kinds of elements. In principle this number can tempt small but in the next part of this article we will see how to add more pages to your desktop using launchers. Let’s then talk about the different objects that make up our Androids desks.


Perhaps the most basic element but Nevertheless the simplest. Through the shortcuts you can not only set up links for applications If not also for contacts in the book, bookmarks in the browser and many others more.

In the screenshot that heads this section you can see several examples of direct access both to access applications as a different specific services. Normally we tend to think of this type of elements such as shortcuts to avoid having to open all the ready apps that we have installed, but in truth we can get much more advantage.

How add a shortcut to the desktop? Very simple, either we hold your finger on the desktop for a few seconds or click physical options button (which is usually marked with several horizontal dashes) and give it to add. Then select direct access and take you want. Depending on the applications that you have installed, we will have one or the other.


Now go one step further on and talk about the folders: containers of links of all kinds. From shortcuts to applications to contacts in the phonebook. Always open folders on the desktop. I.e. If for example we have a folder configured with the contacts in the Phonebook list will appear on the desktop and not open the application agenda directly.

The folders are very useful to nest content Depending on your class for example applications of the same category and also for quick access to some files and folders, as for example the folder of files received via bluetooth.

How do you configure a folder? In the same way that you configure a shortcut. I.e. either left struck the finger a few seconds on the desktop or by pressing the menu button, click Add and then clicking on folders. To add content to a folder is as simple as drag the icons to the folder in question and ready.


Let’s now funds of screen. Set an image as the background is very simple but sometimes find a fund that combines well, in terms of visibility, with our shortcuts, widgets, and so it is difficult but in the end the result is worth when we hit some that we like.

In this section we are going to differentiate two types of funds. On the one hand the still images that it can be configured to do a small scroll when we move from one page to another or to remain fixed. On the other hand we have the animated backgrounds who will speak at the end.

One of the questions that usually appears when we started using our Android is What size You must have the background. In principle, so that is not bad, we have that Learn the resolution from your mobile phone. Anyway we can also use larger images and then make a cut of the part that we want it to decorate our Android.

How do we set up a wallpaper? As in the rest of the sections, click on the screen a moment or in settings, wallpaper. From there you can select where load Fund, if you will do it from the gallery or from other sites, such as for example funds carrying default CyanogenMod.

To end this section I’d like to speak of the animated backgrounds. In contrast, and as the name indicates, we are talking of moving images of all kinds. From small beams of lights as the bottom link to things more elaborate as a polar watch, a map of google maps or even with small mini-games.

When one speaks of the animated backgrounds they say that they consuming lot of battery and the best thing is to have a static background. It is partly true, a fixed image consumes less but the animated backgrounds, at least those who come by default, do not consume as much battery. However, some of the animated backgrounds that are available in the Android Market, not be well programmed or have heavy load, does consume lot of battery.

Customization of Android world is very extensive so at the moment we are going to leave it here and continue tomorrow to talk about the rest of the elements and to explain some other trick for customizing your desktop.