How to Manage Apps on the iPhone Home Screen

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How to Manage Apps on the iPhone Home Screen

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Managing apps on your iPhone's home screen are one of the easiest and most effective ways to customize your iPhone. It's especially helpful because it allows you to put apps in the order that makes sense to you and how you use them.

There are two ways to manage your home screen: on the iPhone itself or in iTunes. 

Managing Homescreen Apps on iPhone 

The iPhone's multitouch screen makes it easy to move or delete apps, create and delete folders, and create new pages. If you've got an iPhone with a 3D Touchscreen (just the 6 and 6S series models, as of this writing) be sure not to press the screen too hard since that will trigger the 3D Touch menus. Try a light tap and hold instead.

Rearranging Apps on iPhone

It makes sense to change the location of apps on your iPhone. You'll want something you use all the time on the first screen, for instance, while an app you only use occasionally might be hidden away in a folder on another page. To move apps, follow these steps:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to move
  2. When all apps start wiggling, the app is ready to move
  3. Drag the app to the new location you want it to occupy
  4. When the app is where you want it, let go of the screen
  5. Click the Home button to save the new arrangement.

Deleting Apps on iPhone

If you want to get rid of an app, the process is almost simpler:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to delete
  2. When the apps start wiggling, apps that you can delete have an X in the corner
  3. Tap the X
  4. A pop up will confirm that you want to delete the app and its data (for apps that store data in iCloud, you'll also be asked whether you want to delete that data, too)
  5. Make your choice and the app is deleted.

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Creating and Deleting Folders on iPhone

Storing apps in folders is a great way to manage apps. After all, it just makes sense to put similar apps in the same place. To create a folder on your iPhone:

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to put into a folder
  2. When the apps are wiggling, drag the app
  3. Instead of dropping the app into a new location, drop it onto a second app (every folder needs at least two apps). The first app will appear to merge into the second app
  4. When you take your finger off the screen, the folder is created
  5. In the text bar above the folder, you can give the folder a custom name
  6. Repeat the process to add more apps to the folder if you want
  7. When you're done, click the Home button to save your changes.

Deleting folders is easy. Just drag all the apps out of a folder and it will be deleted.

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Creating Pages on iPhone

You can also organize your apps by putting them on different pages. Pages are the multiple screens of apps that get created when you have too many apps to fit on one screen. To create a new page:

  1. Tap and hold the app or folder you want to move to the new page
  2. When the apps are wiggling, drag the app or folder to the right edge of the screen
  3. Hold the app there until it moves to a new page (if that doesn't happen, you may need to move the app a little more to the right)
  4. When you're on the page where you want to leave the app or folder, remove your finger from the screen
  5. Click the Home button to save the change.

Deleting Pages on iPhone

Deleting pages is very similar to deleting folders. Just drag every app or folder off the page (by dragging it to the left edge of the screen) until the page is empty. When it's empty and you click the Home button, the page will be deleted.

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How to Manage iPhone Apps Using iTunes

Managing apps in itunes

Managing apps directly on your iPhone aren't the only way to do it. If you prefer to control your iPhone primarily through iTunes, that's an option, too (assuming you're running iTunes 9 or higher, but most everyone is these days).

To do that, sync your iPhone to your computer. In iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the top left corner and then the Apps menu in the left-hand column.  

This tab shows both a list of all the apps on your computer (whether they're installed on your iPhone or not) and all the apps already on your iPhone.

Install & Delete Apps in iTunes

There are two ways to install an app that's on your hard drive but not your phone:

  1. Drag the icon from the list at the left onto the image of the iPhone screen. You can drag it to the first page or to any of the other pages shown
  2. Click the Install button.

To delete an app, hover your mouse over the app and click the X that appears on it. You can also click the Remove button in the left-hand column of apps.

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Rearrange Apps in iTunes

To rearrange apps, follow these steps:

  1. Double click the page in the Home Screens section that contains the app you want to move
  2. Drag and drop the app to a new location.

You can also drag apps between pages.

Create Folders of Apps in iTunes

You can create folders of apps on this screen by following these steps:

  1. Click on the app you want to add to a folder
  2. Drag and drop that app onto a second app you want in that folder
  3. You can then give the folder a name
  4. Add more apps to the folder in the same way, if you want
  5. Click anywhere else on the screen to close the folder. 

To remove apps from folders, click on the folder to open it and drag the app out.

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Create Pages of Apps in iTunes

The pages of apps you've already got configured are shown in a column on the right. To create a new page, click the + icon in the top-right corner of the Home Screens section.

Pages are deleted when you drag all apps and folders off of them.

Applying Changes to Your iPhone

When you're done arranging your apps and are ready to make the changes on your iPhone, click the Apply button at the bottom right iTunes and your phone will sync.