How to Make App Folders on Android

Organize your apps and save screen space

If you love downloading and using apps, it may be difficult to find the app you want to use. There's a limited amount of Home screen space, and everything else goes in the app bin. If there are widgets on the Home screen, there's less space for apps on the Home screen. Make it easy to find apps by organizing apps with folders. On some versions of Android, store up to four folders on the bottom of the screen, and in Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean) and later, store folders on the Home screen in any space that a single app icon occupies. 

Illustration of a guide to create Android app folders with a hand holding an Android phone
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The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

How to Make a Folder

To create a folder, long-press an app. Press and hold a finger on the app until you feel a mild feedback vibration and the screen changes.

Then, drag the app onto another app to make a folder. This is the same as on iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

Long pressed icon, dragging one icon onto another to make a folder, and a folder full of apps on Android

Name Your Folder

Unlike iOS, Android doesn't provide a default name for new folders; it appears as an unnamed folder. When a folder is unnamed, nothing displays as the name of the collection of apps.

To give the folder a name, long-press the folder. It opens, displays the apps, and launches the Android keyboard. Enter a name for the folder and tap the Done key. The name displays on the Home screen.

Some phones do this differently. On a Samsung or Google Pixel device, tap the folder to open it, then tap the name to edit it.

Add Your Folder to the Home Row

You can also drag the folder onto your favorite apps on the bottom of the Home screen on Android phones. That makes it two clicks to get to the app, but Google demonstrates this by grouping Google apps into a folder and putting it on the Home row at the bottom.

Some Things Do Not Drag Like the Others

Dragging order is important. You can drag apps onto other apps to make folders. You can drag apps into existing folders to add the app to the folder. You cannot drag folders onto apps. If an app runs away when you drag something on it, that could be what happened. The other thing you can't do is drag Home screen widgets into folders. Widgets are mini apps that run continuously on the Home screen, and won't run properly inside a folder.