How to Alphabetize Apps on Android

Organize your apps in alphabetical order

What to Know

  • To arrange Android apps alphabetically, open the Apps screen and tap the ellipsis icon > Display layout > Alphabetical list.
  • You can sort apps on Samsung Galaxy tablets running Android with this same method.
  • Using app folders, deleting apps, finding hidden apps, and customizing icons are additional ways to organize your Android device.

This article covers the process for how to sort apps alphabetically on an Android smartphone and tablet. You’ll also find information on additional ways to best organize Android apps and what to do if you have a Samsung Galaxy Android device.

The general app advice on this page applies to all Android smartphone and tablet models.

How Do I Arrange My Apps in Alphabetical Order?

While you can’t automatically sort all of the apps on your Home screen alphabetically, you can do this to your app list on the Apps screen.

Here’s how to sort your Android app alphabetically on the Apps screen.

  1. Tap the Apps icon to open the Apps screen. It’s the icon that looks like a white circle with six blue dots.

    Some Android devices also support switching to the Apps screen by swiping up while on the Home screen.

  2. Tap the ellipsis icon in the top-right corner.

  3. Tap Display layout.

    If your Android smartphone or tablet lacks this menu item, proceed to the next step.

    More icon and Display layout highlighted on Android home screen
  4. Tap Alphabetical list. All your app icons on the Apps page should now be sorted alphabetically.

    This option is called Alphabetical order on some Android devices.

    Alphabetical list in Display layout pop-up on Android home screen

What Is the Easiest Way to Organize Apps on Android?

The easiest way to organize apps on Android tablets and smartphones is to long-press each app icon and move it to where you want. There are several additional ways for managing Android apps you may want to try though.

  • Organize Android apps in folders. Using folders on Android to group apps together by type or topic is a great way to keep your Android Home screen organized. 
  • Delete unwanted Android apps. If you have old apps you don’t use anymore taking up space on your Home screen, why not completely delete apps from your Android device?
  • Change the Android app icons. You can actually change the default icons on Android used by a lot of apps to create an entirely new aesthetic for your tablet or mobile device. 
  • Move Android apps to an SD card. Changing how your apps look on your Android device is fun, but it's important to manage how much space they use. If you are running low on space, you can move Android apps to an SD card.
  • Find the hidden apps on your Android device. If you’ve been sharing your device with someone else, you may actually have hidden Android apps installed.

How Do I Organize My Apps on My Samsung Galaxy?

If you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or a Samsung Galaxy Android tablet, all of the above tips can be used to organize and sort your apps.

However, if you have a Samsung Galaxy device which runs a Windows operating system, there are other ways to move app icons and customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

  • How do I alphabetize apps in a folder on Android?

    In the folder, tap the three dots and choose Sort. In the pop-up window, select the option to arrange the contents alphabetically.

  • How do I delete Android apps?

    To delete an Android app from your phone, long-press the app icon and choose Uninstall. You must then confirm that you want to remove the app. You can re-download apps you've purchased from the Play Store anytime.

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