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Arranging your iPhone app icons by color might help you find them faster

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Arranging your iPhone app icons by color might help you find them faster
Ever get caught forgetting where you placed that app icon on your iPhone's home screen? And human nature being what it is, you're more likely to have your mind go blank at the precise time that you really need to open this particular app. There are ways to find apps on your iPhone, such as using Spotlight. But a Reddit subscriber that goes by the name of Lembacher has a colorful method that he uses to quickly find an app that he is looking for.

While you might not remember where a particular app icon was placed on your phone, odds are that you remember what the icon looks like, including the color. So Lembacher arranged his iPhone apps by color, which allows him to swipe through his home pages and quickly find what he is looking for.,

Lembacher says that he doesn't have OCD, so that is not a requirement for taking on this task. He also says that it doesn't take hours to do. And not only is this a clever way to find a particular app quickly, it also is a good conversation starter.

Click on the slideshow to see how Lembacher arranges his apps.


source: Reddit via BGR

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posted on 12 Feb 2016, 10:13 12

1. XDAdam (Posts: 152; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


Maybe it's just me, but that looks boring.

Alphabetical is easy because you know the name of the app you're looking for.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 11:15 1

8. Tanujtiwari (Posts: 79; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


First world problems.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:37

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I disagree, to each his own though...

First the way those apps are rearranged looks really cool. And I wish there was an option to get rid of app titles under the icons - I choose apps based on icon - not the title names - I never looks at title names except to double check what it's called when I recommend them to friends.

But I also put specific apps like video and photo editors in to their respective folders. Business apps like numbers, pdf creator, file manager, scanners, etc into their own folder. Games are on second page - and the rest is spread out based on frequency. I Disable apps like News, podcasts, iTunes, Apple Music, and others form my phone completely as I don't care for that on my phone. And I initiate my calls, texts, FaceTime, using Siri most of the time. Even if I'm not ready to type a text but know who I want to text "Siri, text tom" then tap on the screen - it brings up iMessage with Tom and a keyboard ready to type - it's faster than: wake phone/unlock > forcetouch text icon > choose new text > type in name > start typing text.

There are other methods to jumping to specific contact text using launchers on iOS, but Siri seems to be the most convenient.

Basically I don't spend more than a second from waking my phone to launching specific task - most of which I have the choice to jump into specific part of the app from the forcetouch context menu.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 10:32 2

2. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Sigh.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 10:39 8

3. Leo_MC (Posts: 1476; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Folders with categories: media, games, IM etc.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 10:56 9

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Isn't arranging by color a bit racist? ;)

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 10:57

5. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


same size looks horrible

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 11:13 7

6. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Or you could switch to Android and arrange icons/apps/folders however the hell you feel like it.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 11:13

7. Charlie2k (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Jan 2016)


Modern operating systems arrange the apps by alphabetical. Sooo many apps...yet such a bad gui.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 11:43

9. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I never forget where I place an app, 'cause I organize them into folders and subfolders, alphabetically, such that all my apps fit on 1 screen. Regardless, if you forget, I think quick search is still faster than scrolling through desktops of static icons looking for the right color then the right name...

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:39

14. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I you have too many apps, why not just use a voice command to launch it?

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 17:41

20. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


That also works when you're in a quiet area with internet access...

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 19:33

24. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I use Siri while music is playing in the truck all the time. Sometimes if people are talking near by she has trouble understanding non American names - but other than that with people talking in the room - it will launch the apps. I use Siri all the time. I understand your Google now is even better at speech recognition than Siri - so you should have no issues launching apps.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 03:21

29. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


I would debate that, Google now has some serious issues with getting words right sometimes. Cortana on the other hand is usually fantastic with this even on android and out performs "ok google" in voice recognition with ease.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:22

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


All my icons are white because everything else is black so I'm inapplicable :(

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 15:33

15. FluffyBled (Posts: 514; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Uhm ... are you colorblind? :o

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 15:54

17. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


maybe he is using a B/W theme. You ever thought of that?!

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 12:23

27. FluffyBled (Posts: 514; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Just kidding dude -_-!

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 03:22

30. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


And, if he wasn't color blind that's still a valid question...

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 13:28 3

12. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I like arranging my Home Screens by Page Category... I have Games Page / Productivity Page (& tools) / Main Home / Multimedia / Social & Navigation...

In each page there is a complementing widget and I leave a space near the middle so that my child and wife from my wallpaper are always visible in all pages

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 15:57

18. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I do that too per se. But use the folders instead, since I dont have any limits to how many folders, or how many apps I can put in them.

Browsers, Business, Games, Google, Media, Microsoft, Samsung, social, T-Mobile and tools/Utilities.

They all fit on one page, which means less home screens and app screens, the faster the UI is.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 17:20 1

19. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I also use folders but I mostly put 4 apps per folder so I can quickly see the mini icon inside. And folders are subcategories of my pages...

What I did just like you was arrange my App Drawer in just 1 page with global folders so that I can find faster what I'm needing

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 15:53

16. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Nothing is better than alphabetical order. Arranging by color sounds very kiddish and stupid. Oh wait...this is PA!

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 18:59

22. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and time wasting

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 18:06

21. surethom (Posts: 673; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Makes u look analysisgrouping by colour. & what happens when the app developer changes the colour.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 19:01

23. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


just install some launcher, and each app will automatically moved to each category, or by quick search, or using alphabetic jump
oh wait..

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 20:24

25. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


App search in nova launcher is best... Combine it with one finger pull down on homescreen and forget about which app is lying where

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 02:55

26. skips (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


I use spotlight search most of the time if I'm too lazy to find the app I need - tbh it works pretty well for me. I can't be bothered by wasting half a decade arranging icons like this since I know for sure it's a pain in the ass on iOS.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 13:57

28. thunderc8 (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


You can arrange icons on the IOS?
Apple has made big progress! (Joking)

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