How to Create and Organize Folders on an iPhone or iPad
A lot of people use their iPhones and iPads as their remote access computers. And even though you might love your devices, Apple products are not always as intuitive to operate as we might like. Once you've learned how to do it, it is not difficult. But it is anything but obvious, especially to a new IOS user. If you rely on your iPhone and iPad for many functions, you will want to keep your files and your apps organized, or your Home screen will become challenging to navigate.
How to Create a Folder on an iPhone
- Unlock Your iPhone and Press Your Home screen Button.
- Tap and Hold your finger on one of your Home screen icons. After holding an icon for a couple of seconds, all of the icons will start to shake in place.
- Once they are shaking, you can drag any icon onto another you would like to keep in the same category. When one app is placed on top of another, a folder will appear containing both apps.
- For example, if you want to create a folder to keep all of your social networking apps in one place, if you touch and drag your Facebook icon on top of your Twitter icon, they will both be placed in a newly created folder.
- Hold your finger down on the new folder, and you will be given the option to Name or Rename it. Tap the default title of the folder and type the new name you would like for that folder. Congratulations. You have just created a new folder on your iPhone.
How to Organize Apps on an iPhone
Now that you've learned how to create a folder, you can now expand this process to help organize all your apps. Decide on categories you would like for organizing your apps. In addition to a folder for Social Networking, you can use the same method to group any apps in any category: Utilities, Search Engines, Music, Shopping, etc. You can use any name you'd like. If you wish to delete a folder completely, drag all of the app icons out of the folder. When the folder no longer contains any apps, it will disappear from your screen.
How to Create a Folder on an iPad
On your computer, a desktop cluttered with folders and files is difficult to navigate. The same statement holds true for your iPad, only worse. An iPad has a smaller screen than most computers, so leaving files and folders in disarray on an iPad is even more counterproductive. The instructions for creating a folder on an iPad are almost identical to what we did to create folders and organize apps on an iPhone above. However, with IOS 13 or later, there is a slight change:
- With IOS 13 or later, you can now press and hold your finger on the app you'd like to organize in a folder. In these operating system versions, holding your finger down on the app will bring up a menu from which you will select the option "Rearrange Apps."
- Next, just as you do with an iPhone, drag the app on top of another app you would like to place in the same folder.
- Again, a default folder will appear containing both apps.
- Name the folder whatever you like as long as it will make it easier for you to find individual apps in the future.
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