If you’re like most people, chances are your iPhone is full of dozens of apps. Many of them you use on a regular basis, others come in handy on occasion, but you’re not willing to delete them yet because they might come in handy in the future.
With so many downloaded apps on your phone, you probably have to scroll through a few screens to find the one you want. But it doesn’t stop there. You might get one app that’s too similar to another to tell them apart from just a glimpse of their icon. If you’re someone who likes organized apps, this can be frustrating.
What’s the best way to keep your iPhone apps organized? Thankfully, it is possible to create folders. This can be done in just a few seconds. Just follow these instructions and you’ll have your newly created folder ready for action. You can also give your folders names that will make it easier to get your phone back in order!
How to Make Folders on Your iPhone
If your iPhone home screen is cluttered with apps, making folders is a great way to categorize them. Grouping apps together and putting them in the same place can make your phone much easier to use. For example, if all of your music apps are in the same place, you won’t have to go hunting through folders or scrolling endlessly through your phone when you want to listen to music.
Step 1. To create a folder, you will need at least two apps to put into it. Choose the two that you want.
Step 2. Press and hold any app icon until all the icons start shaking.
Step 3. To move an app icon, press it and drag it across your screen to another app you would like to put in the same folder. When two apps seem to merge into one, let go of the icon. Dropping one app into the other will create a folder.
Step 4. Note that the folder will be automatically titled by your iPhone based on what apps are within it. For instance, if you have two lifestyle apps in a folder, then your folder will be titled “Lifestyle”.
Step 5. To add more apps to the folder, tap the background to close it. Then, drag and drop more apps into this new folder.
Step 6. When you’re done adding all the apps you want, click the Home button, and your changes will be saved.
How to Edit Folders on Your iPhone
If you need to, you can edit your folder on your iPhone. You can edit the name, remove or add apps, and more. Here’s how:
Step 1. To edit an existing folder, tap and hold the folder for a moment until it starts moving.
Step 2. Open your folder by tapping it a second time. Its contents will appear on the screen.
Step 3. You can make these changes:
- Edit the folder’s name by tapping the title bar and type in the name you would like for your folder.
- Remove apps from the folder by dragging them out.
- Delete apps by pressing a small minus icon on the upper left-hand side of each.
Step 4. Click the Home button to save your changes.
How to Delete Folders on iPhone
Sometimes you may wish to delete a folder and have the apps listed alone on your home screen. Deleting the folder should also cause the apps to return to their original locations on your phone.
Step 1. To delete an iPhone folder, you must first hold down on the icon of any app within that folder until all apps start shaking and a small minus icon appears in the upper-left corner.
Step 2. Press and hold an app within the folder to drag it to your home screen. Once you have dragged out all apps from the folder, it will automatically be deleted.
How to Add Folders to the Dock
The four apps at the bottom of the iPhone live in what’s called the Dock. The Dock is a place for your most-used apps. You can create folders within the Dock to keep similar apps together.
Step 1. Tap, hold, and drag an app out of the dock to move it to the main area of the screen.
Step 2. Drag the folder to the empty space.
Step 3. Click the Home button to save the change.
How to Reset Home Screen on iPhone
You can get rid of all of the folders on your Home screen and start fresh by resetting your Home screen.
Step 1. Launch the Settings app.
Step 2. Tap General on the Settings page.
Step 3. Scroll down and tap the Reset button.
Step 4. On the Reset screen, select Reset Home Screen Layout.
Step 5. Finally, tap Reset Home Screen when prompted.
Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to make and customize folders on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’ How to change the app icons on your iPhone to match your mood or personality. As a bonus, here’s How to hide the apps or make them more difficult to find on iPhone.