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Definition: home screen


The first screen of information displayed when a mobile device is started. Also called the "home page" and "main menu," it typically displays a group of icons that are clicked or tapped to activate applications and internal functions. For computers, the startup screen displays the desktop, and it is sometimes also called the home screen. See home button, widget, main menu and desktop.




An Early iPhone Home Screen
Call it the "home screen," "home page" or "main menu," this is what appears when an iPhone is turned on. Home screens are not identical because users rearrange icons as they please.