How to Organize Your iPhone Dock

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The iPhone Dock (some people refer to it as the menu bar or the Home screen bottom bar) provides a means to access your most frequently used apps from any of your Home screens. Apple's default Dock apps may be fine for you, but if you want to change the Home screen layout on your iPhone, you can move apps out of and into the iPhone Dock. Here's how to change, rearrange, and organize apps in your iPhone Dock. 

Related: How to Customize Your Apple Watch Dock with Your Favorite Apps

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How to Move Apps into & Out of the iPhone Dock

We've already shown you how to move app icons on your iPhone and iPad to organize your Home screens. We've also gone over how to make folders to hold multiple iPhone apps. With iOS 14, Apple has even introduced a new app library to help you organize and find the apps you need. Now, let's go over how to organize your iPhone Dock, so you can find the apps you use the most, no matter what Home screen page you're on. 

If you already have four apps on your iPhone Dock or eight apps in your iPad Dock, you'll have to remove an app before you can add a new app icon to the Dock. If you'd like more apps in your Dock, there's a workaround we'll go over below. To rearrange the apps on the iPad and iPhone Dock:

  1. Tap and hold on any app icon in the iPhone Dock. When the Action Menu opens, select Edit Home Screen.
  2. Now, your Dock and Home screen will enter jiggle mode.

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  3. Drag and drop one of the app icons from the Dock to the Home screen.
  4. Next, drag the app icon you want to move into the Dock from the Home screen and position it wherever you want it on the Dock.

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  5. Repeat this with any other app icons you wish to move.
  6. If you want more than four apps in your Dock, make a folder, then drag the folder into the Dock
  7. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of your screen to exit jiggle mode and save your changes.

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Now, you have a customized Dock with your favorite apps. You can switch these apps out any time, so have fun with organizing it until you find the arrangement that's just right for you.

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith is a Feature Writer for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around seven years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.