You’ve got a new iPhone, downloaded a bunch of apps and over time, your iOS device is almost close to being flooded with apps of all sorts. Now comes the hard part, you are struggling to find and launch apps quickly.
That’s one of the reasons why people look for ways to launch apps faster. Unlike before, it has become a lot easier to instantly find your favorite apps or the ones you often use. Head over to discover many ways you can improve your multitasking on iOS devices!
Tips to Launch Apps Faster on Your iPhone and iPad
Customize Dock and Make the Most of App Switcher on your iPad Powered by iOS 11
iOS 11 is claimed to be a monumental leap for iPad. And looking at the features like Dock and super handy App Switcher, the assertion does seem to be holding the truth.
The dock allows you to not just access apps faster but also shows the three most recently used apps. It works very much in line with Mac’s dock. Even better, you can also customize it to suit your needs better.
App Switcher has become really versatile in iOS 11 for iPad. With it, you can switch between apps more smoothly. It shows all of your recently used apps as well as Control Center. Simply double press the Home button to access it and then just tap on the app you wish to launch.
Use App Switcher Elegantly on Your iPhone
The app switcher enables you to quickly switch between apps. It’s one of my favorite ways to rev up productivity on iPhone. Just double press the Home button to bring up all the opened apps → next swipe left or right to locate the one you want to switch to the app cards and tap on it.
Rearrange App Icons in iOS 11 on Your iPhone and iPad
iOS 11 allows you to rearrange app icons with ease. You can easily move apps from one screen to the other. Besides, you also have the option to keep multiple apps in one folder. Keep a particular category of apps in one folder to access them a bit easier. For instance, you can put all the social apps in one folder to instantly access them from one place. (How to use drag and drop on iPhone running iOS 11)
Use the Dock Smartly on Your iPhone
You can keep up to four apps in the dock. Make sure to keep the ones that you often use.
To remove any app from the dock: Touch and hold on an app to enter edit mode → now drag the app out of the dock.
- To rearrange apps: When in edit mode, drag the app to the desired place
- To add apps: Simply drag an app and put it in the place you want in the dock
Make the Best Use of Spotlight Search
With the use of Spotlight, you can quickly find the app you want to use. Just swipe down from the top of the Home screen to bring up Spotlight.
(Now, check out the four most recently used apps.)
Enter the name of the app you want to launch. The moment you begin to enter the name in the Spotlight, it suggests you the apps; thereby making it a lot easier to find them. In many cases, you may not have to enter more than a couple of letters to find an app.
Make the best use of Siri Suggestions
The lock screen is no longer a barren land. Siri suggests you apps as per when and where you use them. For instance, if you use a news app in the evening at 8 PM, it will suggest it at the same time. If you play an action game in a garden, it will suggest the game app whenever you go to the garden.
Just swipe right from left on the Home screen a few times to access Lock screen. Now, check out the suggested apps under Siri App Suggestions.
Clean Up the Mess
You may have downloaded some apps on your device just to test them out but may have forgotten to delete them. There may also be some apps which you may no longer need. It would be better to clean up the unnecessary apps to not just prevent your device from being cluttered but also make it easier to manage apps.
iOS 11 allows you to automatically offload the unused apps. There is also an option to delete them without removing their data. And when you reinstall the apps, you will get the option to recover their documents and data.
The logic is pretty straightforward, keep only the apps which you use and remove the ones that are redundant or liability for your smartphone.
I hope these tips are able to help you in quickly accessing apps on your iOS device. Make the optimal use of them to enhance your user-experience. If you know any other ways of launching apps quickly on iOS devices, do let us know that in the comments as well.
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- How to multitask on iPad (iPadOS 15): An ultimate guide
- How to Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad
- How to Customize Tags in Files App
- How to Remove or Hide iMessage App Drawer
The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.