How to Download Apps Directly to Your App Library & Not the Home Screen

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The new App Library is arguably one of the best things about iOS 14. It sorts your apps automatically and enables you to search for them alphabetically or with a Search bar, keeping you from scrolling through page after page of apps, looking for the right one. Best of all, you can organize your iPhone Home screen even further by downloading apps to the app library only, instead of having every new download appear on your Home screen. Let's take a look at how.

How to Download Apps Only to the App Library in iOS 14

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Home Screen.

  3. Tap App Library Only.

If you want to undo this at any point, just follow the steps above and tap Add to Home Screen instead. For more great tutorials on Apple products, check out our Tip of the Day.

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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.