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Nexus One™ For Dummies® by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 21. Customize Your Phone

In This Chapter

  • Changing the Home screen background

  • Working with icons and widgets on the Home screen

  • Using folders for Home screen organization

  • Adding security with an unlock pattern

  • Modifying phone settings

  • Setting accessibility options

Why in the heck would anyone want to customize their Nexus One? Sure, some diehard geeks will probably paint their phones or use the Bedazzler to add festive beads and sequins. On the other, technical, hand, why would anyone dare take advantage of putting frequently used apps on the Home screen or changing the time when the phone automatically goes to sleep or fixing security issues?

Well, come to think of it, some of those customizable options are useful. Anything that makes your digital life easier is good, right? Consider some of the suggestions in this chapter to see whether they help you make your Nexus One your own Nexus One.

Customize Your Phone

It's Your Home Screen

The Nexus One sports a vast, roomy Home screen. It's really five Home screens, most of which are empty because the phone comes preconfigured from the factory. Those empty Home screens exist for a reason: So that you can fill them up! They can have new icons — shortcuts for your favorite apps — widgets, and folders. They can even have new wallpaper for the Home screen. Truly, you can make the Home screen be just the way you want it.

For the most part, the key to changing the Home ...

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