How to Organize Apps on iPhone: 5 Tips You’ll Like

  • Nelly Jackson
  • Feb 09, 2022
How to Organize Apps on iPhone: 5 Tips You’ll Like

iPhone has been charming from the beginning, but it revealed its true power when AppStore brought us third-party apps. With time, many of them grew free, ad-supported, or discounted, so most iPhone users have dozens or even hundreds of apps and games on their devices. In years or even months, arises the need to arrange the apps so you can use them comfortably.

Apple realizes that simply dragging icons on the home screen isn’t enough. So it provided some solutions that help iPhone users organize their apps. And you can make use of them and make your iPhone a usable tool for any productivity tasks!

Keep Your Home Screen Clean

All the apps try to claim their place in the sun on your home screen as you install them. Of course, their developers assume you’ll need quick access to their apps. The problem is, your home screen isn’t endlessly scalable.

What should you do? Only keep on your home screen the apps you need frequently. The most frequent apps belong in the dock: for instance, it can be the Phone app, Apple Music, WhatsApp, and Safari. Alas, on iPhone, the dock supports up to four apps. But along with them, there are Facebook, Instagram, CashApp, Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Gmail, your carrier official app, and others you open daily – you name them. These belong on your home screen. The others don’t.

For apps you use several times a day, it makes sense to use widgets. They show you the most important updates without a necessity to run the app itself. Widgets, though, also take space, so they reduce the number of apps you can place on the same home screen.

Use App Library

App Library is the method Apple developed to avoid a mess on your home screen. (They want your iPhone to look neat, so when you want to update your phone, you won’t switch to Android!) All the apps are grouped on a special screen to the right of all your custom screens. On it, there are folders grouping your apps by their function, and a search bar. If you cannot find some app you know exactly it’s there, starts entering its name, and your iPhone steps up with suggestions.

To send an app from your home screen to the Library, long-tap the icon. When the menu appears, choose “Remove” (not “Delete”, which will delete the app from your iPhone completely). Removal only affects the icon; the app itself will still be accessible from App Library.

Group Your Apps in Folders

Do you like the way Apple sorts the apps in the library? Neither do we. Instead, you can create custom folders on any of your home screen pages. The apps you use daily but only once a day (and maybe less often) can be put in folders.

To create a folder, just long-tap any app icon and drag it onto another. As you release, the two apps will appear in a folder. Select apps of similar type, so the resulting folder looks logical. You can rename the folder as soon as you create it; the name is generated automatically and displays the type of the apps according to Apple, but it can be wrong. After that, you can rename the folder at any time by long-tapping it and choosing “Rename” in the menu. Rearranging folders is done the same way as with apps.

A folder can contain many apps, but only nine can be displayed at the same time. If there are more, you need to scroll them as you scroll through home screens. So it doesn’t make sense to make folders with ten or more apps unless you really need that many of them.

Minimize the Number of Pages

To do so, remove all the apps you rarely need to send to Library. Drag others to folders. As soon as you move the last icon from a page, it is deleted automatically. The fewer pages you use, the better. In the perfect world, there are just three: Today View, a custom home screen, and the Library. In reality, you can create more, but don’t let them become a mess.

In addition, you can just hide some pages. Long-tap the screen and then tap the page counter. As the list of pages opens, you can hide or show any of them. That doesn’t affect the actual apps that are still available from the Library.

The Most Radical Way (A Sort of Conclusion)

If you want to experiment, you may try removing all your apps from the home screen and start them with Siri commands. That will make your home screen clean like never before. But is it worth this? Instead, make it a usable collection.

And what are your ways to keep your iPhone home screen in order? Are there any third-party apps for that? Any tips we missed? We’d like to read this in your comments.

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