How to create, rename, and delete folders on an iPhone or iPad

How to create, rename, and delete folders on an iPhone or iPad
Unlike its competing operating systems, iOS does not have any sort of app drawer to bundle all of a user's apps into. Instead, it dumps absolutely every downloaded app onto the home screen, which, sooner or later, could result in quite a mess. All major mobile systems support app folders, but for its crying need for organizational tools, iOS is probably the one where they are most important.

An app folder basically works like it would on PC. The user can bundle up as many icons as they wish in one place. This way, instead of having 24 games take up an entire homescreen, one can have all of them in a folder, keeping the homescreen amount down.

Creating a folder

To put apps in a folder, tap and hold on one of the apps you will be bundling together. You will see the screen go in “edit mode” (all the app icons start wiggling) – now, while keeping your finger on the screen, you can drag the icon you chose and place it right on top of another app that you wish to put in the same folder. Doing this will automatically bundle the apps together.

Renaming a folder

iOS is quite smart about folder naming. When you first create a folder, it will detect the type of apps that you put together, and will name the group accordingly – Utilities, Games, Organizer, etc. However, you can name it however you like by tapping on the text field while still in homescreen edit mode.

Swipe up from the bottom (home gesture) to exit homescreen edit mode.

If you change your mind and want to rename your folder at a later date, no biggie. Just re-enter homescreen edit mode (tap and hold on an app), open the desired folder, and tap on its text field.

Secret tip: you can drag multiple apps at once

Instead of moving your apps across homescreens, in and out of folders one by one, you can now drag multiple icons at once. Enter homescreen edit mode like normal and start dragging your first app. While dragging that one icon, tap on any other app you wish to collect. You will notice them all coming into a stack under your finger. Now, drag them and drop them wherever you wish.

Deleting a folder

To destroy a folder, simply drag all of the apps out of it. As you remove the last one, the folder will dissolve into nothing.



12. TBomb

Posts: 1768; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

My understanding is that iOs requires all apps to appear on the homescreen since there is no app drawer like on Androd. You also can't duplicate an app (I may be wrong on that, correct me if I am). So what would happen if you put an app in a folder and then delete the folder? Do the apps in the folder get dispersed to the end of the homescreen list or do the apps get uninstalled? Something else? The app drawer has always been one of my favorite features of Android due to the ability to keep things clean looking - so I absolutely hate looking at my friends and family's iPhone homescreens - but I never thought of what would happen to the apps in a folder if it was deleted on iOS.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1483; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You don’t delete a folder, it’s deleted when you remove apps from it to another location. You can make a folder and drop all the apps in it - Tada! You got an app drawer. You can make as many app drawers as you want.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4420; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


9. DBozz

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

By the way How to create a clean homescreen in iPhone?!

8. irwan92

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Is that so difficult to do so using ois until you have to see manual how to do this how to do that?? Seriously??

7. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

The author knows iPhone users suck at tech, so this article appears for them.

15. baldilocks

Posts: 1555; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You've been here since 2014 and you still can't get your head out of your ass.

6. Forerunner7

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Slow news day indeed...


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Iphone........hahah another proof that it sucks!

4. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015


14. baldilocks

Posts: 1555; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The only suck here, is that I have to reply to another ignorant post by someone who types like they are 13 years old.

2. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Lmao is phonearena serious, cuh??! Next, phonearena teaches iPhone and Androud users how to wipe their butts

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

They ALWAYS post articles like this, it's pretty funny but so bad at the same time. Must have nothing else to post lol..

1. waddup121 unregistered

Cool guide!

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