5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Phone with the App Library

Clean up, rearrange, and add apps to your Home screen with these tips.

You've probably accidentally stumbled on the App Library while swiping on your Home screen, but did you know you can use your App Library to organize your phone? In this guide, we'll go over tips and tricks for using the App Library.

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1. Skip Scrolling with Search Options

I’ve gotten so lost while scrolling through my Home screen pages that I completely forgot what I was looking for. Not only does the App Library give you big ways to clean up your Home screen (more on that later), but it also gives you three easy ways to search for any downloaded app. Just swipe to your last Home screen page, then swipe left once more to access the App Library. Once you’re there, you can either search by the groupings your phone put together (I personally love the Suggestions based on my usage patterns), type in the app name in the search bar, or scroll alphabetically. You can find any app in an instant!

2. Clean Up Your Home Screen

We all know the frustration of our less frequently used apps taking up space and cluttering our Home screen. One of the benefits of the App Library is you can now download apps straight to the library, skipping your Home screen altogether. All you have to do is go to Settings, tap Home Screen, then under Newly Downloaded Apps, select App Library Only. You’ll still find all your apps in the App Library, while keeping only the ones you really want at your fingertips on your Home screen. For more on how to keep your Home screen easy to navigate, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

3. Add an App to Your Home Screen

Of course, even if you want 90 percent of your apps to stay off your Home screen, there’s still the 10 percent you want right there when you unlock your phone. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to add any app icon to your Home screen. Just find the icon in your App Library (either in groupings or through the search function), then drag the icon to the left to bring it to your Home screen. You can remove any app from the Home screen by pressing and holding the icon until a menu appears, then tapping Remove App and selecting Move to App Library.

4. Keep Your Library Free of Clutter

Just as important as knowing how to add apps to your App Library is knowing how to delete an app that you no longer wish to use from your App Library. To delete an app from one of the App Library’s groupings, just press and hold the icon of the app you want to delete. A menu will appear, and you can tap Delete App to remove it. You’ll be asked to confirm, just like when you delete an app from your Home screen. This works in both the App Library’s Grouping and the alphabetical listing.

5. Keep Your Apps Out of Sight but Still in Mind

Even if you don’t want your app on your Home screen, you might still want to receive notifications. Badge notifications are those little red numbers that appear by an app icon that represent unread notifications. You can enable them in your App Library by going to Settings, tapping Home Screen, and then under Notification Badges, toggling on Show in App Library. You’ll know it’s toggled on if the slider is to the right and the bar is green. If the bar is gray and the slider to the left, it means you’ve turned it off. Stay on top of which apps want your attention!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.