How to Create Folders and Organize Apps on iPhone Home Screen

Use folders on your Home Screen to help organize your iPhone apps

By Kevin Shaw - Editor
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With so many apps available for iPhone on the App Store, it doesn’t take long before you download so many that managing them can start to get a bit tiresome and unwieldy. Having multiple pages of apps extending off the initial Home Screen can be a burden, especially if you like to organize what you can see on the screen into any sort of meaningful order. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can change the look and layout of your iPhone Home Screen. One of the ways is by using folders. Folders can help you organize your apps and also let you put more apps on a single Home Screen page, making it that much easier to access with fewer swipes.

Luckily, creating Home Screen app folders on an iPhone is easy. In this article, we’ll tell you how, plus we’ll show you an easier way to organize your iPhone Home Screen to give it a tidier look and feel.

How to create a new folder

A folder is a handy way to group apps on your iPhone. To create one, follow the steps below:

  1. Touch and hold a blank spot on the Home screen until the apps begin to jiggle.

  2. Drag an app onto another app and hold it there for a moment. When a folder window opens, release the app.

  3. To rename the folder, tap on the name and edit it, then tap done on the keyboard.

  4. You can drag additional apps into the folder while in jiggle mode. Simply tap outside of the folder window to go back to the Home Screen.

  5. Drag other apps into the folder.

  6. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen to finish.

How to Delete a Folder

To delete a folder, tap the folder to open it, then drag all the apps out of it. The folder disappears automatically.

Move an app from a folder to the Home Screen

You can move an app from a folder to the Home Screen to make it easier to locate and open.

  1. Go to the Home Screen page with the folder that contains the app, then tap the folder to open it.

  2. Touch and hold the app until the apps begin to jiggle.

  3. Drag the app from the folder to the Home Screen.

Organize your iPhone Home Screen

There are several things you can do to make your iPhone’s Home Screen(s) organized and aesthetic:

Hide, and remove pages on your Home Screen

Apple also lets you hide pages to streamline how your iPhone Home Screen looks and add them back whenever you want. Here’s how to hide a page:

  1. Touch and hold a blank spot on the Home screen until the apps begin to jiggle.

  2. Tap the dots just above the Dock at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.

  4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen to finish.

To unhide a page, repeat the steps above. Then use the App Library to quickly find apps hidden on different pages.

To remove pages from your Home Screen:

  1. Touch and hold a blank spot on your Home Screen until the apps begin to jiggle.

  2. Tap the dots just above the Dock at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to remove.

  4. Tap the Remove button , then tap Remove.

When you remove a page from your Home Screen, the apps will still appear in the App Library.

Reorder pages on your Home Screen

It’s also possible to rearrange the order of your ‌‌Home Screen‌‌ pages. Here’s how:

  1. Touch and hold a blank spot on your Home Screen until the apps begin to jiggle.

  2. Tap the dots just above the Dock at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap and hold a page to reorder it.

  4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen to finish.

Clean Up Your iPhone Home Screen with App Library

The last page of your Home screen contains your App Library. The App Library stores all of your apps in automatically sorted folders. You can also move pages or hide unwanted pages to streamline your Home screen.

This means that you can have apps installed on your iPhone without their icons taking up space on the Home screen.

Each App Library folder shows four icons.All four icons in the Suggestions folder are apps. In the other folders, three are apps and tapping the fourth (which features a grid of smaller icon thumbnails) reveals the contents of that folder.

Here are some other things you can do with App Library:

  • Add App Library apps to the Home screen: Enter jiggle mode and drag an app out of the App Library onto a Home screen page.

  • View App Library apps in alphabetical order: Swipe down on the App Library screen to see all apps in alphabetical order.

  • Search for apps in App Library: Tap the search field at the top of the App Library, then enter the app that you’re looking for.

  • Delete an app from the App Library: Tap the search field to open the list. Touch and hold the app icon, then tap Delete App . Tap Delete again to confirm.

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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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