Do you feel dizzy just looking at the Home screen on your iPhone? If you’re having trouble accessing the apps you want, it’s essential to get them sorted. That’s where the folders come into the picture.
Folders not only let you organize your apps the way you want them to, but they also let you access them faster.
Below, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create and use folders on your iPhone so you can effectively manage the apps on your phone.
Why you should use folders on iPhone
By default, your iPhone comes with a number of pre-made folders (such as Utilities, which group apps together like Voice Memos, Compass, Measure, etc.). However, you can also create folders yourself. Before we check out how to do that, here are some practical ways to use them on iOS.
Sort apps by type
Folders allow you to sort apps by type. For example, if you have multiple instant messaging apps, you can add them to a folder. You can then select folders and choose the apps you want without rummaging through your entire iPhone. It also helps you reduce clutter on your Home screen.
Group apps by activity
Instead of categorizing apps by type, you can also group them by activity. Let’s say you use a handful of apps that are essential to your workflow or daily routine. You can separate them into a folder (or a set of folders), allowing you to access them quickly.
Arrange them in alphabetical order
Since you can rename the folders to anything you like, don’t dismiss the idea of grouping apps in alphabetical order. That will help you instinctively locate any app. You also don’t need to create folders for each letter — try making them something along the lines of ABC, DEF, WRITE THEand such.
Tired of having only four icons on your iPhone’s Dock? You can get around that limitation with a directory. Group your favorite apps and add them to your Dock, and you’ll be able to access them no matter where you are on the Home screen. If you want, you can remove all four icons and replace them with folders.
Get rid of distractions
If you have a lot of distracting apps on your iPhone (video games, social media apps, etc.), just put them in a folder to hide them from view. That will prevent you from opening them impulsively.
How to create a new folder on iPhone
You can create a folder on any Home screen page on your iPhone. However, unlike on desktop devices, iOS does not provide an “option” to add folders. Instead, you have to rely on a specific gesture.
1. Touch and hold an empty area of your iPhone until everything on the screen starts to wobble.
2. Tap an icon lightly until it appears “sticky” under your finger. Then drag it directly over another icon.
3. Release your finger as soon as you see the blurred outline around the second icon. You should then see a folder in its place immediately.
Tap the folder to open it — you’ll see two apps inside it. To exit a folder, tap an area outside of it.
You can then start dragging the apps you want to add to the folder. You can add as many as you want, and the folder will automatically keep creating new pages (which you can swipe across) to house them. Each folder page can contain up to nine application icons.
How to change folder name on iPhone
By default, your iPhone automatically assigns a name to each folder (such as Productivity, Music, Photography, etc.) based on the category of the two apps you originally used to create them. You can change that to anything you want.
1. Open the folder.
2. Touch and hold the folder name to start shaking the screen.
3. Double-tap the name to highlight it.
4. Enter the name you want.
5. Press Accomplished to save the changes.
How to move folders on iPhone
You can move around a folder like anything else on the Home screen. Enter wiggle mode and drag the folder to the position you want.
You can also move a folder to another Home screen page — drag the folder to the edge of the screen and pause for a moment, and you’ll automatically go to the next page.
If you want to add a folder to your iPhone’s Dock, first make some space by dragging any of the four icons outward. Then drag and drop the folder into the Dock.
How to rearrange icons inside folders
You can rearrange apps in a folder, similar to moving them on the Home screen itself. Open the folder and press and hold an empty area to enter wobble mode. Then drag the icons in the order you want.
If there are multiple pages in a folder, simply drag an icon to the corner of an adjacent page to switch to it. Then drop it in the position you want.
How to delete apps from folders on iPhone
If you don’t want to keep an app inside a folder anymore, you can quickly delete it. To do that, open the folder and enter wobble mode. Then drag and drop the icon outside the folder area to get rid of it.
Alternatively, you can hide an app without sending it to your Home screen, or simply remove it entirely. To do that, press and hold an app icon and select Uninstall apps. Then choose Remove from Home screen to hide it or Delete apps to delete it. If you choose to hide an app, you can access it by going to the App Gallery.
How to delete folders on iPhone
To delete an entire folder, you must drag all the applications out of that folder. To make the process faster, turn on shake mode, long-press an app, then tap each app icon to make them stack under your finger. Then drag and drop them outside the folder area.
You can also delete any folder via the Home screen by long pressing Delete folder > Remove from Home screen. However, that will hide all the apps inside the folder, so you have to go to the App Gallery to access them.
How to reset home screen on iPhone
You can get rid of all the folders on the Home screen at once and start over by resetting the Home screen.
1. Open Setting app on your iPhone.
2. Press Shared.
3. Scroll down and press Reset.
4. Press Reset home screen layout.
5. Press Reset home screen confirm.
Start organizing your iPhone
Folders allow for interesting ways to organize the apps on your iPhone, so keep experimenting to find what works best for you. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out other iPhone Home screen management features.