How to remove duplicate icons in Android

After you have downloaded a new app, or just rebooted your phone and see many exactly the same icons, don’t worry it’s not a virus. In most cases, this is just a bug or the result of a very badly designed app. So how to remove duplicate icons in Android? There are several ways to get rid of this problem. Depending on the version of your Android, it might be applicable to your device. Below are the solutions and prevention that Milagromobilemarketing found to be the most useful.

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How to get rid of duplicate Icons 

Only happen once or twice

If the issue only happens once and other apps are fine without any duplicated icons, then simply remove the icon. 

Most of the time, this is a result of a badly coded app. The developer might have made a few mistakes in coding, so the apps create multiple shortcuts here and there. 

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Anyway, press and hold the duplicated icons until the options menu shows up. There should be a command to remove icon, tap on it, and it will remove the duplicated icon. 

Multiple duplicated icons for different apps

If there are multiple duplicated icons for different apps, rather than just one, we need a different solution. There could be literally hundreds of reasons why it happens. However, the most possible reason among them would be bugs and glitches introduced from a third-party app. 

Anyway, here is how to get rid of the problem.

Step 1

Go to Settings, then Application or Apps, and tap on All apps

Step 2

Select whichever app with multiple launchers that you see on the Phone’s home screen

Step 3

There should be an option to Force Stop the app. This will compel your device to launch all installed apps. 

Step 4 

Reboot your phone and see if the duplicated icons are still there. 

Prevention 

Turn off Auto shortcuts on home screen (OREO Android only)

To avoid the same thing from happening again, the permission to automatically add shortcuts to the home screen should be disabled.

Turn off auto shortcuts

To do so, access the home screen setting in the home screen (press the home button and the device will direct you there). Scroll until you see the option to Add apps to Home Screen. And switch it off. 

Quick note, the wording might be a bit different for different Android devices even if they are OREO version.

Now you make sure there won’t be any duplicated launchers as long as you are the one manually adding them. 

Other Android versions  

For readers who haven’t updated to OREO, don’t worry, we won’t abandon you. Your device can avoid duplicated icons too, it just has to be done a bit differently. 

Go to your Google Play Store and tap on the three-bar icon for a white box to pop up. Scroll down to the cog icon and tap on it to access Settings. There should be an option to Add icon to Home screen, untick it and launchers won’t be automatically added. 

Wrapping up 

Above are how to remove duplicate icons in Android as well as how to prevent them. Hopefully, our article can help you solve the problems.

If you have any more Android-related bugs or glitches that trigger you, Milagromobilemarketing has tons of other similar articles which can help too. 

Thanks for reading and Ciao!

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