Trying to organize apps on your iPhone can be a frustrating experience. Something that should make your life easier can quickly become overwhelming. Where do you start? What does an organized iPhone even look like?
Yet, it turns out that an organized iPhone really isn’t that hard to achieve. The hardest part is keeping one organized once you get it there. Of course, once you experience what a truly organized iPhone looks like, you may never want to go back to the way it was.
To help you get started, here are some tips, tricks, and instructions for finally organizing apps on your iPhone.
How to Move Apps on Your iPhone
Before you’re able to organize apps on your iPhone, you’ll need to know how to move them. This is a simple process, but you’d be surprised how much you can accomplish via this technique.
- Tap and hold any app icon on your phone
- Drag the app to another location. Apps can be dragged to another part of the same screen, a different screen, the dock section, or into a folder
- Tap the Home Button (or the Done option) when you’re finished
How to Create Folders on iPhone
Folders are the backbone of how you’ll organize apps on your iPhone. They’re the only practical way to make hundreds of possible apps as accessible as possible. By grouping apps together in folders, you have a chance of actually gaining control over your home screen once more.
Here’s how you can create folders on your iPhone:
- Touch and hold an app on your Home Screen
- Choose Edit Home Screen
- Drag an app onto another app in order to group them into a folder
- Drag any other apps into that folder you wish to group together
- Tap the name area of the folder to rename it
You can also delete a folder by dragging all of the apps out of the folder. Your apps will remain on your phone wherever you choose to drag them.
How to Reset Your Apps to their Default Position
Did your attempt to organize apps not go as planned? Do you have a lot of actions to undo and don’t want to undo them manually? It turns out there’s a way to do that. Just follow these steps:
- Open Settings
- Choose General and then Reset
It’s important to understand what this action actually does. It will “delete” any folders you have, but you’ll still keep your apps. Speaking of your apps, they will all be re-organized alphabetically. Any apps that you’ve downloaded will automatically be sorted after apps that came with your iPhone.
This isn’t a great long-term solution for many, but it is a good way to get things back to a state of manageability after you’ve made a series of changes.
Ways to Better Organize Apps on Your iPhone
Ultimately, you’re going to determine what the best way to organize apps on your iPhone is. It is, after all, your iPhone.
However, we want to share several organizing tips that could give you ideas you never even considered before. Here are just some of the ways you could better organize your iPhone’s apps:
Make Use of the 28 Home Page Spaces
You have 24 available spots on the main area of your iPhone home screen. There are also four extra spots in the “dock” area. Put it all together, and you’ve got 28 available spaces with which to better organize apps on your home screen.
Mind you, you don’t need to use all of them. In fact, the goal would be to try to organize everything using as few spaces as possible. That said, keeping this number in mind is the best way to ensure that you really know what you’re working with.
Create Three Sections on your iPhone Home Screen
This is one of the most effective ways to organize apps on your iPhone that we’ve ever seen.
Basically, you create three sections of apps on your device. One on the top that’s a series of organized folders, one in the middle where you put your most-used apps, and a few (usually default) apps in the “dock” section.
What this does is put as much information as possible on your home screen. While you may have to occasionally dive into a folder to find what you need, you should discover that most apps you’ll ever want to access are at your fingertips.
Organize Apps by Function
Do you have multiple email apps? Multiple text apps? A ton of games? Well, it might make sense to organize them by their function.
In other words, create folders with names like “Play” or “Chat.” This is a great way to simply see every app you have that might help perform whatever function you may be looking for.
Group Similar Apps Together (Without Folders)
Do you not have a ton of apps on your phone but still want to keep things tidy? This may be a method to consider.
The idea is that you keep similar app icons relatively close to each other. That way, when you’re thinking about “news” or “texting,” you’ll see all of your options in a similar space. It’s not perfect, but it’s particularly effective if you only regularly use a few apps.
Start Deleting Apps
It’s the simplest tip we can give for organizing apps, but you really should consider doing some digital cleanup on your iPhone.
Getting rid of old apps not only makes your iPhone easier to navigate, but it can free up storage space and speed up your device. Your iPhone allows you to look at your least-used apps, so you should be able to see which ones are easy to get rid of.