FP3 Android 13 deactivate app suggestions?

Dear Fairphone Community!

First of all, I was very happy about the update to Android 13 :blush:

What I find rather unnecessary though, are the app suggestions in the app bar at the bottom of the home screen. I’m able to delete the suggestions manually, but I cannot deactivate them permanently.

I have searched for the corresponding options in the settings, but have not found the right option either there or in the Home Settings.

Have I missed something? Thank you for your answers!

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Well, I do not have this problem because I filled all five spots with app icons manually.

But if you long press between the app icons in the bottom bar, you can open a settings menu where you can disable the “suggested apps” feature. After that, the spots are immediately empty.


Thank you for your answer @TobiasF!

I’ve pressed long between the app icons in the bottom bar, but only the entries “Wallpaper and style”, “Widgets” and “Home settings” (see above) came up.

But I couldn’t find any corresponding option in all of these three settings?

I’ve been experiencing the same issue. When I select home settings through the screen I do not have the option to remove suggested apps.


Has anybody found a solution to this?

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I think you can either disable the Google app or use a different launcher app that suits you better. Quickstep is Fairphone’s default launcher, but there’s a whole bunch of great alternatives.

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i get rid off the default apps i don’t need, I use “Island” app by Oasis Fend with “managed mainland” option active in combination with Greenify, also by Oasis Feng.
I granted both apps all the permissions they need to work at their maximum (no root) and when i want to disable an app I just select it from the list inside Island and choose the option “freeze with greenify”
You can also use the Island app alone, the avilable option will be “freeze app”


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Thanks for all your answers so far.

I had a friendly conversation with a nice Fairphone support employee about this. He told me that there is currently no way to disable this option. He said that the free slots could be permanently occupied with a desired app or another ROM launcher could be used.

I took the first option. Not pretty, but it works :slightly_smiling_face:

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Hi everyone,

Can anyone suggest a particular ROM launcher that would reactivate this app?

My problem is that I’ve got an empty gap at the bottom of the screen that I can’t remove and in which I do not wish to put any icons.



Thanks @CieJey for a hint to replace suggestions with my own apps, suits very well for me! :ok_hand:

Find a developer (even a budding one) to create an inert Android app (does nothing) with a transparent icon, and put that in the empty slots