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How to Make Folders and Group Apps on the iPhone

How to Make Folders and Group Apps on the iPhone 

 
Making folders on your iPhone is a terrific way to reduce clutter on your home screen. Grouping apps together can also make it easier to use your phone – if all of your music apps are in the same place, you won't have to go hunting through folders or searching your phone when you want to use them.
How you create folders isn't immediately obvious, but once you learn the trick, it's very simple. Follow these steps to create folders on your iPhone.

Make Folders and Group Apps on the iPhone

  1. To create a folder, you'll need at least two apps to put into the folder. Figure out which two you want to use. 
  2. Lightly tap and hold one of the apps until all apps on the screen start shaking (This is the same process that you use to re-arrange apps).
  3. Drag one of the apps on top the other. When the first app seems to merge into the second one, take your finger off the screen. This creates the folder. 
  4. What you see next differs depending on what version of the iOS you're running. In iOS 7 and higher, the folder and its suggested name take up the entire screen. In iOS 4-6, you'll see the two apps and a name for the folder in a little strip across the screen  
  5. You can edit the name of the folder by tapping on the name and using the onscreen keyboard. More on folder names in the next section. 
  6. If you want to add more apps to the folder, tap the wallpaper to minimize the folder. Then drag more apps into the new folder. 
  7. When you've added all the apps you want and edited the name, click the Home button on the front center of the iPhone and your changes will be saved (just like when re-arranging icons).
  1. To edit an existing folder, tap and hold the folder until it begins to move. 
  2. Tap it a second time and the folder will open and its contents will fill the screen. 
  3. Edit the folder's name by tapping on the text. 
  4. Add more apps by dragging them in. 
  5. Click the Home button to save your changes. 

How Folder Names Are Suggested

When you first create a folder, the iPhone assigns a suggested name to it. That name is chosen based on the category that the apps in the folder come from. If, for instance, the apps come from the Games category of the App Store, the suggested name of the folder is Games. You can use the suggested name or add your own using the instructions in step 5 above.

Adding Folders to the iPhone Dock

The four apps across the bottom of the iPhone live in what's called the dock. You can add folders to the dock if you want. To do that:
  1. Move one of the apps currently in the dock out by dragging it to the main area of the home screen. 
  2. Drag a folder into the empty space. 
  3. Press the Home button to save the change.

Making Folders on the iPhone 6S, 7, 8 and X

Making folders on the iPhone 6S and 7 series, as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, is a little trickier. That's because the 3D Touch screen on those devices responds differently to different presses on the screen. If you have one of those phones, don't press too hard in step 2 above or it won't work. Just a light tap and hold is enough.

Removing Apps From Folders

If you want to remove an app from a folder on your iPhone or iPod touch, follow these steps:
  1. Tap and hold the folder that you want to remove the app from. 
  2. When the apps and folders start wiggling, remove your finger from the screen. 
  3. Tap the folder you want to remove the app from. 
  4. Drag the app out of the folder and onto the Home screen. 
  5. Click the Home button to save the new arrangement.

Deleting a Folder on the iPhone

Deleting a folder is similar to removing an app.
  1. Simply drag all the apps out of the folder and onto the Home screen. 
  2. When you do this, the folder disappears. 
  3. Press the Home button to save the change and you're done.
     

Rearrange Apps and Folders on the iPhone

One of the easiest and most satisfying ways to customize your iPhone is by rearranging the apps and folders on its home screen. Apple sets a default, but that arrangement won't work for most people, so you should change your home screen to fit how you use your iPhone.
From storing apps in folders to putting your favorites on the first screen so you can easily access them, rearranging your iPhone's home screen is useful and simple. And, because the iPod touch runs the same operating system, you can use these tips to customize it, too. Here's how it all works.

Rearranging iPhone Apps

To rearrange the iPhone’s home screen apps, do the following:
  1. Tap on an app and hold your finger on it until the icons start shaking. 
  2. When the app icons are shaking, just drag and drop the app icon to a new location. You can rearrange them in whatever order you want (icons have to swap places on the screen; they can't have empty space between them.) 
  3. To move the icon to a new screen, drag the icon off the screen to the right or left and let it go when the new page appears. 
  4. When the icon is in the place you want it, take your finger off the screen to drop the app there. 
  5. To save your changes, press the home button.
You can also choose what apps appear in the dock at the bottom of the iPhone screen. You can rearrange those apps using the steps above or you can replace those apps with new ones by dragging the old ones out and new ones in.

Creating iPhone Folders

You can store iPhone apps or web clips in folders, which is a handy way to keep your home screen neat or to store similar apps together. In iOS 6 and earlier, each folder can contain up to 12 apps on the iPhone and 20 apps on the iPad. In iOS 7 and later, that number is virtually unlimited. You can move and arrange folders in the same way as apps.

Creating Multiple Screen of Apps and Folders

Most people have dozens of apps on their iPhone. If you had to jam all of those into folders on a single screen, you'd have a mess that isn't nice to look at or easy to use. That's where multiple screens come in. You can swipe side to side to access these other screens, called pages.
There are lots of different ways to use pages. For instance, you can just use them as overflow so that new apps get added there as you install them. On the other hand, you could order them by app type: All music apps go on one page, all productivity apps on another. A third approach is to organize pages by location: a page of apps you use at work, another for travel, a third you use at home, etc.

To create a new page:
  1. Tap and hold on an app or folder until everything starts shaking. 
  2. Drag the app or folder off the right-hand side of the screen. It should slide over to a new, blank page. 
  3. Let go of the app so that it drops onto the new page. 
  4. Click the home button to save the new page.
     

Scrolling Through iPhone Pages

If you have more than one page of apps on your iPhone after rearranging them, you can scroll through the pages either by flicking them left or right or by tapping the white dots just above the dock. The white dots indicate how many pages you have created.
How to Make Folders and Group Apps on the iPhone 

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