is there anyway to have a bottom tab icon to add a new record. or is the only way to add a record from the top right corner on the list page?
For this you would need a custom form.
Another option is a Form Button or a Floating Form Button. Floating Form buttons are my preferred method for bringing up a form to add records. I prefer it over the upper right hand Add button.
Oh yes, of course.
@itatawy if all you want is an alternative way to present a standard form screen then follow Jeff’s advice. A custom form is a more complex option that could lead you down a path that you don’t need to follow.