Albert Einstein once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Absurd as it may sound, it motivated me to keep things cluttered, including my iPhone home screen. On the flip side, this gave me a tough time finding what I needed. Even on my smart device! That’s when I decided to respect Einstein as well as my time and start organizing. And iOS 14’s release helped! Apple bestowed its users with the option to remove apps from the home screen without uninstalling them.
This, along with other organizing hacks, worked wonders for me. So, I thought of sharing the same with you. Here are the best ways to organize your iPhone apps.
- Move apps around the iPhone home screen or into the Dock
- Organize apps by using different screens on iPhone
- Organize apps by creating folders on the iPhone homescreen
- Organize apps using the App Library
Move apps around the iPhone home screen or into the Dock
- Long press on an app and select ‘Edit Home Screen‘ from the drop-down menu. An alternate way is to long-press the blank space on your home screen until the apps start jiggling.
- Now hold an app and move it around the screen and over the Dock to relocate.
Organize apps by using different screens on iPhone
- When apps are in jiggle mode, hold and drag an app to the right corner of your iPhone screen.
- You’ll automatically slide to the next screen.
NOTE: While in jiggle mode, you’ll notice horizontal dots above the Dock indicating the number of pages.
Want to create a new screen to organize iPhone apps?
- Long-press on the empty space of your home screen to enter jiggle mode and slide to the rightmost screen.
- Drag and Drop an app to the empty screen to keep it. Tap anywhere or tap Done at the top right corner to confirm.
How to delete apps from the iPhone screen
- Either long-press on an app and select ‘Edit Home Screen‘ or long-press on an empty space on your Home screen to enter jiggle mode.
- Tap on the ‘-‘ icon at the top of the app you want to delete and select the option to ‘Remove from Home Screen‘ from the popup window.
How to remove the screen to organize iPhone apps
- Enter jiggle mode and tap on the horizontal dots above the Dock.
- Now, uncheck the screen you want to remove by tapping on the circle beneath and tap on Done.
NOTE: The apps located on the removed screen won’t be visible anymore. You’ll have to visit the App library to access them.
Organize apps by creating folders on iPhone home screen
- When in jiggle mode, drag and bring an app closer to another. This will auto-create a folder.
- Drag and drop other apps to the folder and tap ‘Done‘ once finished.
How to rename folders on the iPhone screen
iOS 14 auto-tags a folder based on the genre of apps you included initially. However, it does gives you the liberty to rename the folder.
- Enter jiggle mode with the steps mentioned above and tap on the folder name.
- Type your desired name and tap done to confirm.
Delete an app from folders on the iPhone home screen
Once you are in jiggle mode, drag and bring the app outside the folder. You can access the apps in the folder from the App Library.
How to delete a folder to organize your iPhone apps
- Long-press the folder you wish to delete.
- From the popup, select the option to delete the folder.
NOTE: Once a folder is deleted, all the apps will move to the App Library.
Organize apps using the App Library
The App Library is a new inclusion with the iOS 14. The section can be accessed by sliding to the rightmost screen of your iPhone. You’ll have all the apps listed here.
While it showcases all the apps and groups them on its own, you can choose to add an app to the App Library’s home screen. To do so;
- Long-press an app and select the option of ‘Add to Home Screen‘ from the drop-down menu.
- The app’s shortcut will be visible on your iPhone home screen.
NOTE: The app will remain in the App Library.
Tried these cool ways to organize your iPhone apps?
As I mentioned earlier in the article, I experimented with these, and the App Library suited me the best. I currently restricted myself to a single home screen (it’s mandatory) that houses all my essential widgets. You can also add a folder to the Dock. However, I didn’t opt for it as I keep the apps I often use into the Dock and prefer accessing them in a single tap.