In the “Homescreen!” series, we regularly present the homescreens of people from the social media, marketing, media and tech industries – including app recommendations and tips for everything from to-do lists to small games for in-between times . Today: Kicker reporter Matthias Dersch.
Matthias Dersch: For me as a reporter, my smartphone is my daily work tool. I couldn't live without it and need a charge or two from my power bank most days to avoid a digital blackout.
In order to be able to work efficiently, I keep my home screen tidy and avoid folders there. I want to see everything most important at a glance and be able to navigate there quickly. That's why I hardly ever change the arrangement of the apps. Newer apps are generally appended below.
Matthias Dersch: Without these apps I wouldn't be able to get through the day
In the top row I have the four standard apps: clock, calendar, weather and notes. Without them I wouldn't be able to get through the day, which often starts and ends in hotel beds, especially in English weeks with three games in seven days.
The apps in the second row are also fundamentally important: I use my phone book to keep in touch with my network. Teams is my first port of call for internal communication. I use the voice memos app to record interviews, and I primarily use the camera to create videos for our various channels.
On the other hand, I take photos with my two cameras: a Sony Alpha 7 iii and a Fuji x100v. To be able to edit the images on my smartphone, I use the Fuji X app (for Android), Imaging Edge Mobile (for Android) as well as Lightroom (for Android) and Unfold (for Android). Since I need the apps often, they are in the third row.
Matthias Dersch's home screen
Directly below is one of my most used apps: the Kicker app (for Android). Here I find all the facts and information I need for my texts and am not only well informed by my reporter colleagues, but also well entertained. This applies to the texts as well as to the moving image area, which is constantly being expanded.
And the podcast family continues to grow: we recently launched kicker Daily, our daily news podcast, where I am one of the hosts. That's why the Riverside apps, which we use to produce the podcast and various video formats, Podcasts and Collect, are still quite fresh in the bottom row of my home screen.
With the latter, I not only send sound recordings, but also videos and photos directly from my smartphone in high resolution to the editorial office.
Social media and favorite music
Safari and I stopped being an active user a while ago, but I still need the app for research. That's why it stays on the home screen for now.
The social network that I use by far the most is Instagram (for Android) – even if it hasn't developed for the better in the last few years in my opinion. Nevertheless, the app is still easily accessible in the second to last row, right next to the Photos app, where I select the pictures that I later post on Instagram.
Since I like to listen to music while editing and selecting images, the app is also on the home screen. I often use it to select my favorite Oasis albums, but Sam Fender, Liam Gallagher solo, the Killers and Zach Bryan are also on heavy rotation there.
Facebook is cool
I haven't had LinkedIn (for Android) on my home screen for quite that long, but I've been using the app regularly for about a year to stay informed in the business environment there and to inform myself.
The bottom row is sorted more out of habit than for practical reasons: Of course, I use the phone just as often as WhatsApp (for Android) and Outlook (for Android). On the other hand, I almost never send text messages – and never receive any. The messaging app is therefore more of a relic from earlier times than an important app in the daily workflow.
One field is currently still free after I killed Facebook (for Android) and I couldn't get used to Tiktok (for Android). I'm always open to tips and suggestions on how I could fill the blank space.