[MOD][ROOT] Change default homescreen - TouchWiz 4.0

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EleCtrOx666

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Aug 6, 2009
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Hello,

There's a simple way for those who want to change default homescreen.

You have to be rooted.

So, you first have to download a file explorer that supports root, for example Root Explorer(paid, I use this one).

Then, go to /system and open default.prop with text editor.

Now, add this line:
Code:
ro.csc.homescreen.defaultscreen=3

Where 3 is the number of the default screen you want - 1. So default screen 4 => 3.

Now, just reboot and it should work. If you have any problem/question, feel free to ask.
 
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EinPaul

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At first: Sounds great! Thanks! :D

But:
Afaik (only from some (elder?) videos) it's possible to add and delete home screens. Could you tell me or try what happens if you set this var to e.g. 5 (=> default home screen is 4) but you only have 3 home screens at all? The same has to be considered if you accidentally delete the last home screen and this one is/has been set to default.
 

balto

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Dec 29, 2007
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Worked perfectly! Thanks for the tweak was missing this feature from my past android phones.

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
 

BatterBits

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May 13, 2009
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Even easier - no root required

Sorry to steal your thunder -

Pinch zoom (helicopter mode) longpress & drag will do it.

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Ian
 

poofish

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Sorry to steal your thunder -

Pinch zoom (helicopter mode) longpress & drag will do it.

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Ian
Ian, the point of this mod is so that when you hit your home button, while in your homescreens, it will revert to the 4th screen. Normally when you are in your homescreens and then hit the home button again, it'll revert you to the first screen as default. This is the case even if you change the order of your homescreens using pinch to zoom.
 
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Abra_Cadabra

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Thanks EleCtrOx666!

Works great.

If it is this easy to make the change I don't understand why Samsung didn't include it as an option in one of the configuration menus.
 

EleCtrOx666

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At first: Sounds great! Thanks! :D

But:
Afaik (only from some (elder?) videos) it's possible to add and delete home screens. Could you tell me or try what happens if you set this var to e.g. 5 (=> default home screen is 4) but you only have 3 home screens at all? The same has to be considered if you accidentally delete the last home screen and this one is/has been set to default.
Just tried it: it will simply go to the last homescreen you have.

Could it be made into a simple apk file?
I'll see what I can do.
 
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peadarog

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It worked great with root explorer, but not so much with ES File Explorer -- it does have a "root" mode, but it asks you whether you are using the CyanogenMod or the HiAPK rom.

For n00bs, like myself, it's also worth pointing out that you won't be able to edit the build.prop unless you click on the "mount rw" (read/write) button up at the top first. Afterwards, you'll probably want to click the "mount ro" (read only) at the top again.

Thanks a lot.
 

BatterBits

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Ian, the point of this mod is so that when you hit your home button, while in your homescreens, it will revert to the 4th screen. Normally when you are in your homescreens and then hit the home button again, it'll revert you to the first screen as default. This is the case even if you change the order of your homescreens using pinch to zoom.


Well - how stupid do I look now! :eek:

Thanks for the explanation - sorry to have intefered, no offence was intended!

Going back to hiding in dark corners....

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Ian
 

manks

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Apr 1, 2010
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This works beautifully and something I've been pining for after moving from sense. Thanks a lot
 

BeelzeM

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Mar 22, 2010
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I'm not an active Android dev. But isn't there a var you can call and just divide by 2?

Like:
ro.csc.homescreen.defaultscreen = ro.csc.homescreen.screencount/2;

Something like that? Excuse me if this obviously doesn't work, it was just a thought, as it would make it easier and won't require users to change that value whenever they change the amount of homescreens.
 

dandumitru

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May 22, 2011
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hy EleCtrOx666
i'm a beginner in this so pls have a little patience with me.
I got a SGS2 and i'm interested to know if there's anyway to root the phone without flashing a custom kernel taking in account that u have this "nice" counter on the phone.
Very nice explained how to modif home-screen number.
is it here any way to get temp root?
 

FxFusion

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Jan 16, 2010
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hi sorry to be a pain, but i would love to be change my default home screen button, I followed the guide, and rooted my phone successfully (i think) and once superuser was installed I went and found the defualtprop file and edited it as guided by adding that line, i clicked save & exit (at which point it tells me it made a backup of the original file) then after I restart the phone it just goes back to normal, like I never touched the file...

anyone know where i'm going wrong?
 

kiwi69

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b33p_

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Apr 27, 2011
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This doesn't work for me. I can't add that line. I've tried two different text editors and two root explorers (one with an editor built in) and they both say the file can't be saved. No other programs open. I restarted the phone and tried again.

Anybody else have this problem?
 

b33p_

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Thanks for the help via PM.

In case anyone else had my problem, it was solved by using Root Explorer. Click "Mount R/W", do the edit, save, reboot.

Works perfectly.
 

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    Hello,

    There's a simple way for those who want to change default homescreen.

    You have to be rooted.

    So, you first have to download a file explorer that supports root, for example Root Explorer(paid, I use this one).

    Then, go to /system and open default.prop with text editor.

    Now, add this line:
    Code:
    ro.csc.homescreen.defaultscreen=3

    Where 3 is the number of the default screen you want - 1. So default screen 4 => 3.

    Now, just reboot and it should work. If you have any problem/question, feel free to ask.
    3
    It worked great with root explorer, but not so much with ES File Explorer -- it does have a "root" mode, but it asks you whether you are using the CyanogenMod or the HiAPK rom.

    For n00bs, like myself, it's also worth pointing out that you won't be able to edit the build.prop unless you click on the "mount rw" (read/write) button up at the top first. Afterwards, you'll probably want to click the "mount ro" (read only) at the top again.

    Thanks a lot.
    2
    At first: Sounds great! Thanks! :D

    But:
    Afaik (only from some (elder?) videos) it's possible to add and delete home screens. Could you tell me or try what happens if you set this var to e.g. 5 (=> default home screen is 4) but you only have 3 home screens at all? The same has to be considered if you accidentally delete the last home screen and this one is/has been set to default.
    Just tried it: it will simply go to the last homescreen you have.

    Could it be made into a simple apk file?
    I'll see what I can do.
    2
    Working perfectly on stock ICS LPQ. You just need to add that code in BUILD.PROP file.
    1
    Sorry to steal your thunder -

    Pinch zoom (helicopter mode) longpress & drag will do it.

    ---
    Regards,



    Ian
    Ian, the point of this mod is so that when you hit your home button, while in your homescreens, it will revert to the 4th screen. Normally when you are in your homescreens and then hit the home button again, it'll revert you to the first screen as default. This is the case even if you change the order of your homescreens using pinch to zoom.