When it comes to customizing your iPhone device, your options are far from being limited to just Cases and Stickers. In fact, more common ways to derive a sense of uniqueness with your device is to create folders to group similar apps, or by moving frequently used apps into areas of the screen where you could easily reach them – for the more frequently used apps.
In most cases, you may find it sufficient enough to simply move the frequently used apps on your device to where they can be easily accessed.
However, when you start having a few too many apps installed on your device, you may slowly find that grouping similar apps into folders is not just a fancy customization option but rather a life-saving enhancement.
Since moving apps around on your device screen and grouping similar apps into folders are both options of customization that may be necessary for different situations, we will be explaining how to do both in this article.
How to Move Apps around the Home screen, into the Dock, or to other Pages
- On iOS 12, lightly touch and hold any app on the screen until the app icons jiggle. If the apps don’t jiggle, make sure you’re not pressing too hard. For iPhone devices running on iOS 13, kindly touch and hold any app on the Home screen, then tap Edit Home Screen, and the apps should begin to jiggle.
- Once the apps begin to jiggle, you can begin customization by dragging the apps to
- A new position on the same page.
- The Dock at the bottom of the Home screen.
- Another page entirely. To do this, drag your finger to the edge of the screen horizontally while holding down the target app. A new page may be created when you do not already have a page at the drag destination.
- If you are using iPhone X and later models, click “Done” to complete the move operation or press the Home button on other models.
How to Create Folders and Organize Your Apps
As already established, grouping your apps in folders provides another level of customization by categorization. This customization by categorization wouldn’t be of much use or value unless you are able to determine how closely related or similar certain apps are on your phone. So, the first order of things before considering this customization option, is to have a list of basic categories already in mind. The most basic are: Social, Funs & Casual, and Tools. You can always include more with time as your needs suggest.
Of course, you don’t have to use the exact grouping model that has been utilized, but here’s how apps may be grouped into the above-listed categories. Social ( Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, etc ); Funs & Casual ( anything game would be a good fit here ); Tools ( Calculators, Weather, etc.).
Once, you’ve established the categories for apps on your phone, and you’re ready to start grouping your apps.
- Hold down any app on your Home screen, then click Edit Home Screen.
- Once the app starts to jiggle, drag any particular app you would like to group over a related or similar apps and this will immediately create a folder.
- To add more related apps in the group, drag other related apps into the newly created folder.
- When you have more than nine (9) apps in a folder, the folder may have multiple pages to show the other apps in the group.
- When a folder is newly created, it will have a generic name that wouldn’t do well to identify what the folder holds. You can consider renaming the folder by tapping on the name field and enter the desired name.
- If your device is an iPhone X or other later models, click “Done” to complete the operation or press the Home button on other models.
Drag out all of the apps contained within a folder to delete it.
If you reset your iPhone, the folders you created will also be deleted, and all the apps grouped into the folders will be placed back at their default usual locations.
We hope with this article, you’ve learned a few more customization techniques to make your iPhone device unique to your own style.