How to create folders on iPhone

iPhone home screen with and without folders

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Grouping apps into folders is a great way to organize Iphoneand simplify your experience on it.

I love when iOS starts automatically grouping apps in the App Library because I always like to keep apps in the same category together.

There are two types of iPhone users in the world: those who go through their folders to find apps, and those who search for apps by name.

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I’m definitely in the first group. Here are the instructions to follow if you also want to be in the first group or just prefer a neat looking home screen.

How to create an application folder on iPhone

The jiggling happens when apps enter Edit mode, where you can move them around and delete or group them.

Press and hold on the home screen until the apps start to jiggle

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To start grouping your apps, find two apps that you want to put together. I will group LG ThinQ and Yale, as both are smart home apps.

Press and hold one of the apps you want to group with another, and drag it until it hovers over the other app.

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Drag and drop apps to group them together

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A folder will be created for both applications; you can rename a folder and exit it by tapping anywhere outside of it.

Drop the app into the created folder

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Folders behave like apps when rearranged. So, if you want to move the folder to another location, just hold the home screen until the apps wiggle, then drag the folder to the new location.

Frequently asked questions

Can you put a folder within a folder on iPhone?

It is possible to put a folder inside another folder on your iPhone. Once you’ve created both folders, you can repeat the steps above and drop one into the other.

Remember, folders work just like apps. So apps from both folders won’t merge into one folder; there will be a folder inside another folder.


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