Tidy homescreens: do you use folders to store your app shortcuts? How many?

Nowadays, there are tons of apps on the app stores and they all do something awesome. From image editors, to music software, crazy camera modifiers, chats, social media apps, games, the list goes on and on. And with so much storage on our phones, it's easy to get... really overboard with how much content we install!

Now, some phones don't have the benefit of an app drawer (yeah, looking at you, iPhone, but also some black sheep Androids), and all of those apps splurge across a multitude of homescreens. Even if you have an app drawer, you might feel better to have most of them on a homescreen anyway.

So, what do you do? Do you use the nifty folders to keep your apps neatly organized and your homescreen count low? Do you only have one or two folders for the more specific apps (like games and image editors) and let the rest of the icons fill as much space as they want? Or do you just let the apps fall where they may and not care about the chaotic appearance of your homescreens? State your position down below, in the poll, and go ahead and defend it in the comments as well!

Do you use app folders? How many?

Nah. I don't download that many apps anyway
Nope. My homescreen is a mess. You should see it!
I have a few folders for my specialized stuff, keeping my homescreen count under control
Everything is in a folder! I need ways to put folders in folders!



1. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 291; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I just use Android - put a few highly essential apps on my home screen, little less used on screen 2 and rest in app drawer. App drawer - genius ain't it?

2. peace247 unregistered

Ikr.... Where the option...' I prefer app drawer over folders'

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

That is exactly how im doing it...And as a comment to the article: how many homescreens can you have? Its THE homescreen!!!!

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7319; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can multiple pages on your home screen. So maybe that is where the confusion comes from.

15. Brewski

Posts: 689; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Same. No folders, most used on first screen, less used on second screen and rarely used in app drawer. My iPad is another story. Similar concept but I put the three most used apps on the bottom tray, I put all Apple's bloatware that I never use and cannot get rid of in a folder, and all my pictures/videos/music/media in another folder.

17. Xilam unregistered

Why not do the same on iOS. Put few essentials apps on home screen, little less used on screen two and the rest put in folder, place it in app dock, and name it App Drawer. Nothing genus about it! https://www.lifewire.com/how-many-apps-allowed-iphone-2000752

3. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

I have an app drawer......I do have a few folders but they are in my app drawer. I keep important widgets and a few apps on my home screen.....really dont want to clutter my background lolol

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

1 page completely filled with an Amazon folder and directions folder. The rest of my apps are in the apps folder.

6. libra89

Posts: 2276; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

On iOS, I use two folders. One for apps I open all the time every day (I name it my Daily folder) and the other one for the rest of the apps. It;s very easy to have one home screen for me. On Android, I usually have a few apps on one home screen and the rest are in a swipe up app drawer. The daily apps I keep in a folder usually, in the app drawer is preferred or the main screen. Depends on if I want to use the launcher the phone came with or if I use Evie, Nova, or Action Launchers.

7. ermond012

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

I only have one folder in my phone's homescreen whih contains the most used apps and shortcuts. In the app drawer, I also only have one folder which contains Google apps. It's always my phone's set-up. One pane in homescreen and a clock widget.:D

8. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Have one home screen and use folders

9. j_grouchy

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

The only non-folder apps I have are in the dock (Android). I have three home screens. The main one is five folders that I use most frequently. Another is several folders of apps I use somewhat regularly but not daily. The third is just a big calendar widget. I love Nova Launcher...

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4179; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I have a few folders but they all have a single app cover which makes them look like a single app. This way my phone doesn't look like a dinosaur.

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have a one-page App Drawer full of Folders that contain all of the ~100 apps of my device... However I have about 4 Homescreens ordered by: Calendar-Maps | HOME-Important apps-Shortcuts | Multimedia | Docs-Work And there are a few folders, widgets, shortcuts in each category

13. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Android app drawer > iOS app frenzy

18. Xilam unregistered

Curious about your opinion - explain?

19. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You can have either solution (or similar) in Android... But you can only use it 1 way in ios. Over the years I always switch it up on my android devices and have more homescreens or less depending my usage... I also tend to reorder them whole... And the app location is specially set for my thumbs reach... On iOS they are all aligned to the top... Very boring and not efficiently configurable

21. Xilam unregistered

Inside the app drawer? Because he said "app drawer" which to me is just a folder that contains lots of apps. But I appreciate your good explanation.

24. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes... some Android devices (maybe most) allows for several ways to arrange your apps inside the app drawer... I used to have them simply ordered alphabetically but recently I like my app drawer to be just ONE page and to have enough folders to contain all of my apps.... Outside, on the homescreens, I like to have everything spread across several pages arranged by "category"...

25. Xilam unregistered

How many apps do you have installed on average? Do you go thru them and remove those you don't use (including native)? Just curious about others habits.

14. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Widget or two depends and a few apps formy home screen.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I have 5 pages on my home screen. The main page hosts the essential apps, the others are widgets. No folder here.

20. TheOracle1

Posts: 2247; Member since: May 04, 2015

One homescreen with my daily use apps and some folders by category, then the app drawer. MIUI uses the retarded ios system of no app drawer and no way to arrange apps alphabetically so it's ZenUI launcher for me.

22. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

All my 100+ apps fit on 1 of my 5 home screens. Important everyday apps like calculator, notes, calendar, etc stay out of folders. Every other app stays in folders and sub folders I made via Nova Launcher.

23. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

I use Smart Launcher. A much better way to arrange your apps

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