Today's tip is common sense to those Launcher Pro/ADW users who are aware of it and pure bliss to those who aren't. Normally, if you drag an icon on your homescreen to the trashcan, the icon simply gets removed from the given homescreen. However, if you keep holding it over the basket, the action turns into "Drop to uninstall," becoming the fastest way to remove apps that I can think of. To sweeten things up a bit, you can also drag icons into the basket from the launcher, achieving the same murderous effect. It literally takes 1 click to get to the uninstall screen without requiring any extra programs or menu walking.

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Debating whether I should post this tip or not, I went to the Android Police team and asked them whether they knew this mostly unpublished trick. They did. However, when I hit up my co-workers, I found that most didn't, and those who did had only found out accidentally. If this post helps at least one person, then I will know it wasn't all in vain, so tell me - was this tip new to you or should I go for a weekend away with Captain Obvious?

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • OFI

    One of the best features in LauncherPro. Just came across it by accident and now I can't understand why all launchers don't have it!

    • Keefers

      Cool... it works.

  • toebee97

    Totally didn't know about that. Thanks for the tip.

  • CoZ

    I had no idea about it either. Thanks. Now if you could tell me how in the HECK to get more icons on the launcher besides the "Phone" and "Browser" I would be ecstatic!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Just long press on each icon and you'll see more options. You can also slide the whole 5-row launcher row left and right to expose more icons.

      • CoZ

        I think perhaps I am not explaining that right?

        The little "drawer" thing on the bottom of the phone that holds the phone icon and the browser icon. I thought there was a way to put more icons in there?? I can only remove the phone and browser icons to put different ones in it's place.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Oh, you must be using ADW. Sorry, I am a launcher pro kind of guy.

        • Aaron Gingrich

          It's in the options -> UI Settings -> LAB/RAB/Secondary Action Buttons. Not sure which it is (it might be all 3), but try those.

  • Mike

    Well, I guess you should get ready for that trip...

    • CoZ

      LOL!!! I will be waiting Sir.

  • http://www.GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    New to me. This is honestly something I thought of, and wanted!

  • http://wingedbox.com kikorb

    Thank you! I didnĀ“t know about this

  • http://www.destinobles.ch thx84

    thanks for sharing, I didn't know that trick!

  • Argon

    THANK YOU for publishing this, I had my trash can hidden so I never would have stumbled upon it accidentally.