How to Rearrange Apps and Folders on the iPhone

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Rearranging apps on 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.

    Three iOS screens showing moving Fallout Shelter app from one screen to another
  5. To save your changes, swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhone X and up), or 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.

Learn how to create iPhone folders in this article.

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.

    Moving an app icon from one screen to another
  4. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen (iPhone X and up) or click the home button to save the new page.

You can also create new pages in iTunes when your iPhone is synced to your computer.

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.