Finding apps on your phone can be a hassle if you have 50+ apps all over the screen. Try finding the voice memo app on your phone (without searching for it) as a test. If you can’t find it easily, then you may need some of these tips.
1. Folder-based apps
If all your apps are jumbled, you can move the apps into folders. The folder would then be named something that clearly categorizes the contents inside.
To put the apps in a folder, you can simply hold down any app until it starts to wiggle. Simply drag that app onto another and it will automatically create a folder for both. Drag any other apps that you want into the folder and hit “done” on the top right when finished.
2. Alphabetical Order
If folders are not your thing, then maybe alphabetical order will help. Instead of manually organizing them one app at a time, there is an easier way:
This will alphabetize all your apps and put the apps that came with the phone back to their original locations. You may need to reorder some of the apps you don’t use but it’s the quickest way to get everything sorted.
The best way to keep things tidy is to have no more then 3 home pages of apps. Another idea is to organize the apps into folders based on frequency. Then you can have the most frequent folders on the first page and take the less-used apps and put them on pages 2 and 3. This will give a minimalist feel while keeping your most-used apps at your fingertips. It also allows you to set a folder up for each category; for example – Finance, Exercise, Work etc.
4. Spotlight Searching
If all else fails and you cannot find an app, spotlight search will assist you. To access it, swipe to the right until you cannot swipe anymore. At the top of your screen, there will be a bar you can type in. This is where you can start looking for an app and the phone will suggest apps that start with those letters.
5. Ask Siri
The last way to quickly find apps on your phone is to ask Siri to launch the app. If you have an iPhone 8, you can do this by holding down the home button. For later iPhone versions, use the side power button. You can then ask Siri to launch “app.”
Anthony holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NYU.
He has over 30 years of experience in hardware design and software programming. Anthony specializes in computer and cloud networking and has collaborated with clients and third parties on creating custom software designs and is a web presence and accessibility compliance expert.