Organizing Your Home Screen: How to Move App Icons & Make Folders on iPhone

If you enjoy downloading and trying new apps, your Home screen on iPhone or iPad will quickly fill up with little app icons. At a certain point, you may want to organize those apps into folders, which you can label. Creating a folder is fairly easy once you get the hang of it, and you can create new folders on iPhone for all the different categories of apps you might have. On my Home screen, I have a folder dedicated to Apple apps, games, productivity, social media, and more. I’ll go over everything you need to know about organizing your home screen on iPhone or iPad, including how to move app icons, how to create and add folders to your Home screen, and how to put those apps into the new folders.

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Why Make Folders on iPhone?

Folders are the best way to organize your apps when they start to get out of hand. I recommend looking at the apps you already have and seeing if any categories stick out to you. Do you have a few fitness and health apps? What about recipe apps? It will vary from person-to-person, but in general, creating new folders for your apps is a smart way to make the various app icons look clean and organized. Once you know how to make folders on your iPhone, you may just end up wanting to put all your apps in folders (like I did).

How to Move Icons on iPhone

When you want to move an app icon on your iPhone Home screen:

  • Hold your finger on an app icon until they all start to wiggle.
  • iPhone users with 3D Touch have complained about this no longer working, but I assure you it does. Remember, it’s not a tap and hold when trying to move icons. Simply hold your finger on an app icon and all of them will begin to wiggle.
  • Then put your finger on the app you want to move and drag it where you want to move it.
  • If you’re moving the icon to a different Home screen, drag the app to the edge of the screen.  This will cause your iPhone to go to the next Home screen, where you can drag the app to its new place.

  • It’s good to note that dragging an app from one Home screen to another takes a bit of finesse. Sometimes, it works perfectly for me. And other times I have to try three or four times to drag the app from one screen to the next.
  • Tap your Home button when you want the apps to stop wiggling and return to a normal Home screen.

Pro-tip: Your Dock on your Home screen is located at the very bottom. Those four apps are the only apps that stay in the same place as you scroll through your Home screens, so it makes sense that you would put your most used apps there or the apps you need to quickly access. To change what apps are in your iPhone Dock:

  • Once your apps are wiggling, drag app icons out of your Dock to create space.
  • Then drag other apps into your Dock.
  • Tap Home button to make the apps stop wiggling.

How to Make Folders on iPhone

Now that you’re comfortable with how to move app icons, let’s create a new folder:

  • Hold your finger on an app until they all move.
  • Drag one app directly into another app. When they collide, the apps will merge into a folder.
  • Now that you’ve created a folder, you can drag other apps into the folder. So long as all the apps are wiggling, simply drag apps from Home screen over the folder and lift your finger. There you go! You know how to put apps in folders.

  • A folder on your iPhone can have multiple pages for apps, which means you can easily store a lot apps in a single folder, while also having multiple folders.
  • To open a folder on iPhone, simply tap on the folder.
  • At the top of the folder will be its label. Tap on the label to edit the name of your folder.
  • Tap your Home button when you want the apps to stop wiggling and return to a normal Home screen.

It’s hard to say how many folders you can have on iPhone, but I’m certain you’ll be able to hold far more apps within folders on your Home screens than your iPhone’s storage would ever be able to handle.


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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.