How to Overcome iPhone App Overload – That killer app can only benefit you if you can find it when you need it on your iPhone. Jill Duffy, a productivity guru, explains how to keep your apps tidy and organized so they’re always at hand.
Some people believe that their iPhone apps are only “organized” if they are arranged in a specific order, such as left to right or top to bottom. I don’t agree. The best method to organize your apps is to keep the ones you use the most close to your fingertips. Regarding the rest of your apps, I have a few suggestions for how to organize them in a logical manner while also keeping your displays tidy. When it’s appropriate, a brief how-to is included next to the tip. These suggestions also apply to the iPad, albeit finger reach is frequently a bigger concern on smaller devices.
Favorite Apps in the Dock
The app dock on your iPhone is the bottom row of apps. The dock stays put as you swipe between app displays on your phone. This is where the icons for the programs you use the most should go. Up to four programs or folders can be stored in the dock. Unless you jailbreak your phone, which I don’t advocate for most people, it won’t contain any extra data.
Here’s how to rearrange app icons on your iPhone for real iOS beginners. There are two approaches. To begin, press and hold any app until you get a selection box. Lift your finger quickly and select Edit Home Screen. (This applies to all subsequent icon pages, not just the first.) The second method is to press and hold any app, then ignore the selection box that opens. Maintain your grip. All of your apps will begin to jiggle, indicating that they are no longer locked in their current positions and that you can move them about.
To move an app, press and slide it around the screen with your finger. Lift your finger when the app is where you want it. The app becomes immovable. Tap Done or the home button, depending on which phone you have, to lock them all down.
How to Add Apps to the Dock: In order to add an app icon to the dock, there must be space available. If there is, slip it into position using the preceding steps. That is all there is to it.
Simply move an app off of the dock to free up space in your dock. Alternatively, you can delete an app by tapping the X that appears on it when the apps are jiggling. Apps that don’t have an X can’t be deleted. When you’re done, press Done or the home button.
How to Add a Folder to the App Dock: First, create an app folder (see instructions below). Then, in the dock, make room. Last but not least, drag the folder into the dock. By hitting Done or the home button, you can release it and lock it into place.
Place Frequently Used Apps Along the Edges For most users, the bottom of the phone is easily accessible. That’s why the dock is present, and other quick-action buttons can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Corners and edges are the second-most-used parts. Use these zones to store apps that you use frequently but didn’t fit onto the dock.
You should use the lower-right corner and right edge if you’re right-handed and use your thumbs to navigate. Leftists have it backwards. My high-use region is the bottom two rows of apps, which I hold in my left hand and tap and swipe with my right hand’s middle finger.
That Are Similar in the Centre The third tip for organizing your iPhone apps is to group similar apps together in the middle of the screen. It’s a great place to save programs that you use frequently but don’t need to access as frequently. It’s also useful for programs that you use in a workflow in tandem or concurrently.
If you frequently peruse photographs in your Photos app, edit them in a photo-editing tool, and then post them to Instagram, grouping the three apps together makes sense. Another example is ride-sharing apps: I have a limited collection on my phone because if I can’t find a car in one app, I want to be able to quickly check my other possibilities.
By now, you’re probably debating which apps to keep on your iPhone’s first screen and which to move to the secondary screens. Here’s a simple tutorial for those who aren’t sure how to make new screens.
How to Create New App Screens: Once your first screen is full of apps, the iPhone will automatically move any further apps you download to subsequent screens. There are a total of 15 screens available (or 11 with older versions of iOS). However, before the current one fills up, you can create additional screens by touching and holding any app and dragging it to the far right till a new screen appears. Lift your finger to drop the app, and then hit Done or the home button to secure it.
Use Folders to Group Apps
Folders are useful for organizing apps by theme or purpose. Folders are among the least accessible programs, making them ideal for storing apps that you need but don’t use frequently. A folder can contain up to 135 apps (which, frankly, seems excessive).
Theme is one approach to organize apps into folders. Food delivery, personal finance, and Apple apps are among my themed folders.
Another method to categorize apps is by how or when they are used. Let’s pretend you’re going on a business trip. You might have a folder with your favorite airline’s app, a folder with your favorite hotels’ apps, and a folder with an app for scanning receipts and making cost reports.
How to Make a Folder in iOS: To make a folder in iOS, press and hold any app until it jiggles. Slide any app on top of any other app until the iPhone creates a folder automatically. Let go of your finger. You’ll notice that iOS gives the folder a name, which you can alter by clicking the text field at the top and typing a new name. To return to the previous screen and continue sliding more apps into the folder, press anywhere outside the folder. Tap Done or the home button after you’re finished.
I noted previously that you can create a new screen before the existing one is filled, so leave some blanks and push some apps to the back. Take advantage of this! You are not required to fill every slot on every screen. To make a new screen, drag apps to the right and leave them there if you don’t want to look at them for a long.
It’s easy to forget about the apps you’ve sent to distant screens, and iOS has a feature that will actually delete them if you don’t use them frequently enough and your phone is running out of space. Offload Unused Apps is the name of the feature. I propose disabling it, in part because I haven’t seen any clear information on how infrequently the app must be used or how small your device must be before these apps are removed. Here’s how to turn it off.
Toggle the button next to Offload Unused Apps to disable “Offload Unused Apps” in iOS. Go to Settings > tap your name at the top (it also says Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store) > iTunes & App Store > and toggle the button next to Offload Unused Apps to disabled.
There’s a second area where you can enable it, but not disable it, which is confusing. Offload Unused Apps may be found under Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Offload Unused Apps.
Make it Yours
When it comes to organizing your iPhone app icons, do what seems right to you. Put the apps you use the most in easy-to-reach places. Other apps should be organized based on how often you use them, how easy or difficult it is to find them, and whether you use them alone or with others.
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