Organize icons on an Android Phone using a program on Windows 10

Hi Android Experts,

I'm after an app/program that will allow me to organize all the icons on my Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB 4GX phone using my computer.

I recall being able to do this with my iPhones because iTunes displayed the phone configuration on screen and I could drag and drop apps and icons around on my computer screen while my phone was connected, and then the iPhone would update itself with the changes I'd made. I found this highly helpful and an easy way to organize my icons.

I have a LOT of icons and apps installed on my Android phone and organizing them the way I like in a native way on the phone I find to be a pain, so I'd like something that will allow me to do it the way iTunes let me do it with my iPhones.

Ie: Display my Phone screen configuration on my Windows 10 computer screen and allow me to organize my icons using my computer and then have my Android Phone update itself to the configurations that I'd selected on my computer screen. I'm happy to pay for a program to allow me to do this, so it doesn't have to be free.

I've looked through Google Play Store and see a lot of App Organizers, but they all seem to be just apps that are only installed on the Android phone, rather than allow me to connect the phone to the computer and do my organizing there.

Ie: Connect my phone to the computer so I can use my computer to update the icon positions on my phone instead.

Either this isn't available, or perhaps I'm using the wrong search terms on the Google Play store?  Please note I've only been an Android user for a few months, so still in the learning stages of how to do things most efficiently with it.

Can anyone help with some suggestions?

Many thanks, Andrew
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
There isn't such an application, sounds like a good idea for one though
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistAuthor Commented:
Thanks, David but I find that hard to believe? If Apple can do it with iTunes, surely it can be done with an Android phone in some way? You may be right, but I hope you're not :)

I'll keep hunting for now!
Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
The answer is YES. You can do it.

The magic keyword is Teamviewer. But you must be patient as it is a bit complicated even for an expert.

But, the use case is different, you move the app icons in real time.

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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistAuthor Commented:
Yet another "out of the box" type solution idea by my favourite Pikachu expert! :)

That is indeed a workaround that I believe would work Jackie and I do have a business account with TeamViewer, but I'm hoping to find something a little easier to use. Thanks for the idea though - if nothing else, it does prove that it CAN be done! :)

Anyone else?
Martin NguyenHelpDesk TechnicianCommented:
An interesting use case you bring up Andrew. I've been on Android (Nexus and Pixels) since I left Apple after the iPhone 3G, so I guess my Android profile has stuck with me over a long period of time, and I haven't had to deal with a major renovation of my home screen and its apps. I find the Android way of doing things pretty user friendly to me, I either move a newly installed app into its appropriate folder if I'm going to use it frequently, or I swipe it up off my home screen altogether, and access it from the app drawer.

But to your request, I did a little looking around, and found a an app called Vysor that seems like a pretty sleek way to basically use your phone from your desktop or a Chrome window. Its a bit overkill since it will allow you to send text messages, use your phones apps, etc in addition to modifying your home screen, but the free trial version may have the basic feature set to let you do what you need.

I haven't used it, but let me know if it looks interesting or it if fits the bill for you!

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Brandon LyonSenior DeveloperCommented:
You're probably not going to find exactly what you're looking for because of your assumption that Android works similarly to Apple. Remember that on Android you can have different home screen launchers and no two of them will work exactly the same. Samsung's launcher might organize the icons one way using one language and another home screen app might organize them differently or using another language. You can have even have multiple home screens installed on the same device and switch between them if you want. That doesn't even start to address the added complexity of multiple device profiles (home vs work), multiple users on the same device, or guest/child profiles.

What others have suggested is probably your best bet (remote access).
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistAuthor Commented:
Hi Martin.

found a an app called Vysor

Just watched the video and you're right, it probably is overkill, but I don't care. It actually looks like it might work. Will install it later on and give it a bit of a run and let you know :)
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistAuthor Commented:
Tried both methods - Teamviewer and Vysor - Neither were ideal solutions, but they did work. Thanks to Jackie Mann and Martin Nguyen for the suggestions :)
Martin NguyenHelpDesk TechnicianCommented:
Glad to hear it worked out in the end Andrew! So all your apps are organized now?
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistAuthor Commented:
So all your apps are organized now?

Nah, they're still all over the place, mostly because I keep installing and trying out new ones so they only stay organized for a few days at most! lol :)
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