How to Alphabetize Apps by Resetting Home Screen Layout on iPhone or iPad

Learn how to sort your iPhone and iPad Home Screen apps in alphabetical order if you prefer this style

By Kevin Shaw - Editor
2 Min Read
  • You can organize your apps in alphabetical order on your iPhone or iPad by resetting your Home Screen layout.
  • The App Library has a feature that automatically alphabetizes your apps.
  • This will make your apps easier to find and open on your Home Screen pages.

You may want to organize your apps in alphabetical order on your iPhone or iPad. The only way you can view apps you installed on your iPhone or iPad in alphabetical order is by swiping down on the App Library. If you want to organize apps on your iPhone or iPad alphabetically, your easiest bet is to reset your Home Screen layout. When you do this, the app you installed will appear in ascending (A to Z) alphabetical order. This article explains how you can sort apps alphabetically on your device.

Reset Home Screen Layout

Here’s what will happen when you reset your iPhone or iPad Home screen layout:

  • Any folders you’ve created will be removed.
  • Apps you’ve downloaded will be arranged alphabetically after apps that came with your iPhone or iPad.
  • Your iPad and iPhone’s built-in apps will be reset to factory defaults. The built-in apps will return to their original locations. They will not be put in alphabetical order. The built-in apps include FaceTime, Calendar, Clock Home, Photos, Camera, reminders, Noites, Voice memos, Contacts, Maps, Find My, App Store Settings, News, Podcasts, TV, and Stocks.
  • Your Home screen wallpaper will not be changed.
  • Your data (photos, apps, videos, etc) will not be deleted.
  • Your dock customizations will be lost.
  • Your layout changes will be lost like if you have extra pages, they will be gone.

How can I arrange my apps in alphabetical order?

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go into General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Transfer or Reset iPhone.
  4. Transfer or Reset iPhone option in iPhone settings

  5. On the next page, tap Reset.
  6. Reset option in iPhone settings

  7. Tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
  8. Reset Home Screen Layout option in iPhone settings

  9. Finally, tap Reset Home Screen on iPhone or Reset on iPad to rearrange your Home Screen layout to factory defaults, which arranges third-party apps in alphabetical order.
  10. If you want to organize the built-in apps alphabetically, you will need to move them manually. Simply tap and hold an app you want to move and drag and drop.

View App Library apps in alphabetical order

  • Go to the Home Screen on your iPhone or iPad, then swipe left past all your Home Screen pages to get to App Library.
  • Swipe down on the App Library screen to see all apps in alphabetical order.
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By Kevin Shaw Editor
Kevin Shaw is a seasoned tech journalist based in Los Angeles with a penchant for all things Apple. He started writing about Apple products in 2007 and it's been a love affair ever since. He has spent over a decade testing and writing about iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products. In his spare time, he likes nothing more than catching up with the latest news and sports podcasts on the beach.
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