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Organize the Home Screen and App Library on your iPhone

With iOS 14 and later, there are new ways to find and organize the apps on your iPhone — so you see what you want, where you want. Learn how to use the App Library and organize your Home Screen.

Use the App Library to find your apps

From your Home Screen, swipe left until you see the App Library. Your apps are automatically sorted into categories. For example, you might see your social media apps under a Social category. The apps that you use most frequently will automatically reorder based on your usage. When you install new apps, they'll be added to your App Library, but you can change where new apps get downloaded.

iPhone showing the App Library screen. 

Search for an app in the App Library

  1. Go to the App Library. 
  2. Tap the search field, then enter the app that you're looking for. 
  3. Tap the app to open it.

Delete an app from the App Library

  1. Go to the App Library and tap the search field to open the list.
  2. Touch and hold the app icon, then tap Delete App Trash can icon.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.

If you can't delete an app that's not made by Apple, disable parental controls, then try deleting the app again.

Move apps to the App Library

  1. Touch and hold the app.
  2. Tap Remove App.
  3. Tap Remove from Home Screen.

Find, hide, and remove pages on your Home Screen

With iOS 14 and later, you can easily hide pages to streamline how your Home Screen looks and add them back whenever you want. Here's how:

iPhone showing how to hide a page on Home Screen. 

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.
  4. Tap Done. 

To unhide a page, repeat the steps above. Then use the App Library to quickly find apps hidden on different pages.

To remove pages from your Home Screen:

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.
  4. Tap the Remove button , then tap Remove. 

When you remove a page from your Home Screen, the apps will still appear in the App Library.

Reorder pages on your Home Screen

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can move pages on your Home Screen. Here's how:

iPhone showing how to move pages on the Home Screen 

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Drag a page to reorder it.
  4. Tap Done.

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Change where new apps get downloaded

To change where new apps get downloaded on your iPhone, or to show or hide the notifications that you see in the App Library:

  1. Go to Settings > Home Screen.
  2. Select an option such as Add to Home Screen or App Library Only.

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How to find and use the new App Library on your iPhone in iOS 14, to organize or browse through all of your apps

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  • To find and use the App Library on your iPhone, you'll need to swipe all the way to the last page of your home screen.
  • Once you've opened the App Library, you can browse through your apps using the folders, or with the search bar.
  • You can also use the App Library to hide apps from the home screen, so they'll only be found in the App Library.
  • To use the App Library, you'll need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 14 or newer.
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The App Library is a new way to organize your iPhone's apps, introduced in iOS 14. To find it, simply swipe all the way to the very last, rightmost page of your iPhone's home screen. 

Once there, you'll see all of your apps organized into several folders. These folders are created based on what sort of apps you have — you might see a folder for games, another folder for shopping, and another folder for ordering food, for instance.

You can't rename the folders on this screen, nor can you choose how the apps get arranged. But there are a few ways to browse through the apps on this screen, as well as use it to edit your home screen.

Here's how to use the App Library on your iPhone.

How to use the App Library on an iPhone to find your apps

There are a couple of ways to open apps from the App Library.

  • Tap an app you see in a folder. The App Library sorts all your apps into categories, and shows you a preview of some of the apps in that category. You'll likely see that some app icons are regular size, while others are smaller. Tap a regular size app to open it immediately, or tap the smaller icons to open and browse through the entire folder.
  • Search all of your apps. Tap the search box at the top of the App Library screen to search for the app you want. In addition, you'll see an alphabetical list of all your apps. You can scroll and tap the app you want to start it. This is a handy feature, and is the best way to see all your apps.
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How to use the App Library to hide apps from the home screen

One of the most powerful advantages of the new App Library is that it allows you to hide apps from the home screen. 

Whether you want to hide rarely used apps, or are striving for a minimalist home screen with just a handful of your most essential apps, you can banish any unwanted apps to the App Library. This is a handy way to streamline your iPhone without actually deleting apps completely. 

1. On the home screen, tap and hold an app icon you want to hide until its pop-up menu appears.

2. Tap "Remove App." 

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3. In the pop-up window, tap "Move to App Library."

The app will now disappear from the home screen, but it's not completely gone — it's still in the App Library, just as it was before. If you want to start that app, you now need to find it in the App Library.

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How to restore an app to the home screen

If you change your mind, you can easily recover an app that you removed from the home screen.

1. Go to the App Library.

2. Find the app you want to restore. You can do that with the automatic folders, or by using the search bar.

3. Tap and hold the app's icon until the pop-up menu appears.

4. Tap "Add to Home Screen."

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Organise the Home Screen and App Library on your iPhone

With iOS 14 and later, there are new ways to find and organise the apps on your iPhone – so you see what you want, where you want. Find out how to use the App Library and organise your Home Screen.

Use the App Library to find your apps

From your Home Screen, swipe left until you see the App Library. Your apps are sorted into categories automatically. For example, your social media apps may be sorted into a Social category. The apps that you use most frequently will be reordered automatically based on usage. When you install new apps, they'll be added to your App Library, but you can change where new apps are downloaded to.

iPhone showing the App Library screen.

Search for an app in the App Library

  1. Go to the App Library. 
  2. Tap the search field, then enter the app that you're looking for. 
  3. Tap the app to open it.

Delete an app from the App Library

  1. Go to the App Library and tap the search field to open the list.
  2. Touch and hold the app icon, then tap Delete App Bin icon.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.

If you can't delete an app that's not made by Apple, disable parental controls, then try deleting the app again.

Move apps to the App Library

  1. Touch and hold the app.
  2. Tap Remove App.
  3. Tap Remove from Home Screen.

Find, hide and remove pages on your Home Screen

With iOS 14 and later, you can easily hide pages to streamline how your Home Screen looks and add them back whenever you want. Here's how:

iPhone showing how to hide a page on Home Screen.

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.
  4. Tap Done. 

To unhide a page, repeat the steps above. Then use the App Library to find apps that are hidden on different pages quickly.

To remove pages from your Home Screen:

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide.
  4. Tap the Remove button , then tap Remove. 

When you remove a page from your Home Screen, the apps will still appear in the App Library.

Reorder pages on your Home Screen

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can move pages on your Home Screen. Here's how:

iPhone showing how to move pages on the Home Screen

  1. Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap the dots near the bottom of your screen.
  3. Drag a page to reorder it.
  4. Tap Done.

iPhone showing where to have apps download

Change where new apps are downloaded to

To change where new apps get downloaded on your iPhone, or to show or hide the notifications that you see in the App Library:

  1. Go to Settings > Home Screen.
  2. Select an option such as Add to Home Screen or App Library Only.

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Apple App Library: How does it work and how to use it

(Pocket-lint) - Apple introduced a new feature on iOS 14 in September 2020 to help you manage the sometimes unwieldy array of apps that you’ve downloaded.

Called App Library, it offers the potential to change the way you access apps on your iPhone and makes it easier to find your favourite or most-used apps quickly. It certainly helps avoid those painstaking moments of remembering which Home Screen or folder you've put the app you need to use at that moment in time.

You can't turn the App Library feature off, but you can still minimise its usage if you aren't ready to embrace it. As we've found though, once you start to use it, you'll use it more and more and wonder how you ever coped without it.

What is Apple's App Library and where to find it in iOS 14?

The App Library is found by swiping right to left on the last Home Screen page that currently holds apps on your iPhone. That could be two swipes, it could be dozens of swipes, and will depend on how many apps you have installed on your Apple iPhone (the feature is not available on the iPad in iPadOS 14).

As the name suggests, all your apps are stored in the App Library and are presented in a number of folders that are based on the categories found in the App Store. So, Instagram and Twitter are in the Social folder for example, while YouTube is in Entertainment.

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Using the App Library

The apps within the App Library are presented in category folders with three larger App icons, along with four smaller ones in a square grid in the bottom right corner.

You can't change the name of the folders or arrange the order in which they appear, but there are some quick actions to save you always having to scroll through all the apps to find the one you need.

To help you get to the apps you are most likely to want to use, there are two further folders: Suggestions and Recently Added. Suggestions uses onboard AI learning to try and give you the top four apps that you might be looking for, while Recently Added features apps you've just downloaded for quicker access.

Within each category, the most popular apps will be highlighted, as one of the three larger app icons, and the order of the categories changes slightly each week depending on what you've been using the most to save you constantly having to scroll to the bottom of the screen to find that apps you always use.

To access the rest of the apps in the folder you simply click the smaller icons and that reveals all the apps in that category as it normally does when using folders on iOS.

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Searching the App Library

Beyond tapping on the icons, you can search the App Library via the large search bar at the top of the screen. Start typing and the list reduces. Alternatively, the search page also offers an alphabetical list of your apps with a quick access alphabet down the right-hand side that you can use to jump to the start of a letter.

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Getting to the App Library quicker

If, like us, you've been trying to manage your apps on your Home Screen pages for some time, you might find that with the App Library you don't need all the home screen pages any more.

Rather than individually delete an app or spend time moving your apps around in some laborious process to clear a Home Screen page, you can quickly hide a Home Screen to allow yourself to get to the App Library with less right to left swipes.

To do so, long press on the Home Screen to force the apps to "jiggle" and then tap on the Home Screen dots just above the dock – the number of dots will correspond to the number of Home Screen pages you have.

Taping on the dots reveals an "Edit Pages" screen where you can see all the Home Screen pages you have. Beneath each one you there is a circular tick icon which you can untick to hide the page. The good news is, is that if you change your mind you can quickly tick the box again and bring the Home Screen page back at a later date.

Once you're happy with the results, you simply press Done, and your good to go.

We've found at first you'll likely want to hide one or two pages - probably the apps that you rarely use - but over time we've slowly reduced the number of Home Screen pages.

You do always have to have at least one Home Screen page, however.

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Moving apps from the Home Screen to the App Library

Where the App Library is really helpful is that it allows you to hide those apps that you don’t use that often, but want to keep on your phone.

If you plan to keep a number of Home Screen pages rather than deleting the app completely from your iPhone, you can move it to the App Library so it doesn't show on a Home Screen.

To do this, long hold on the Home Screen to force the apps to "jiggle" and then press on the "-" icon as if you were deleting the app.  But instead of tapping on the "Delete App" instruction, tap on "Move to App Library" instead.

The App will be removed from the Home Screen page, but not deleted from your iPhone.

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Where do newly downloaded Apps go?

When running iOS 14 or later, you'll notice that the first app you download afterwards won't appear on the Home screen as they've always done previously.

That's because newly downloaded apps don't appear on the Home Screen anymore, but instead appear in the Recently Downloaded folder in the App Library instead.

It's puzzling at first, but can be fixed in the Settings app if you don't like that approach. To make sure newly downloaded apps are still added to your Home Screen go to Settings > Home Screen and tick whether you want the newly downloaded app to either "Add to Home Screen" or "App Library Only".

You'll also find that this page allows you to set whether you want to show Notification Badges in the App Library. We've tried it and it gets very cluttered very quickly as if it's not a popular app it doesn't show which app the notification is for.

App icons without names

On the whole, the App Library is easy to use and very logical in its approach, but something to bear in mind if you plan to use it a lot is that it removes the names of your apps on that first glance.

That might be okay for popular apps with memorable icons - Twitter or Instagram – but it's not very helpful for games or apps that don't really have a logo that you'll recognise.

Expect some app icons to change as they realise that as a tiny square, the app logo doesn't really shout as to what is actually is.

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Hands-on: Everything you can do with the new iPhone App Library in iOS 14

A major new change that comes with iOS 14 alongside home screen widgets is the iPhone App Library. The feature offers a new way to manage the many apps you’ve got with auto-generated categories, a new alphabetical view, the ability to hide app pages, and more. Read on for a hands-on look at how to use the new iPhone App Library in iOS 14.

The new iOS 14 home screen widgets and App Library combine to bring the biggest-ever overhaul of the iOS user interface since it first launched.

What is the App Library?

While home screen widgets offer a refreshed UI with different sized, customizable widgets, the App Library brings some nice options to organize and simplify how you access apps with auto-generated categories/folders, the option to hide app pages, a new way to manage downloads, an alphabetical app list, and more. The App Library lives at the end of your last iPhone app page.

How to use the iPhone App Library in iOS 14

Accessing the App Library

  1. Head to your last page of apps
  2. Swipe one more time from right to left
  3. Now you’ll see the App Library with automatically generated app categories

 Using the App Library

  • You can tap an individual app to open it
  • Use the search bar at the top to find apps
  • Tap the small four app bundles in the bottom right corner of a category to see all the apps in that App Library folder
  • Pull down from the top of the App Library to see an alphabetical list of all apps
  • Interesting enough, I haven’t had success launching the App Library with Siri

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How to use iPhone App Library iOS 14 walkthrough 2 using alphabetical list by swiping down from the top of your screen

Hiding iPhone app pages

If you like the idea of leaning more on the iPhone App Library, you can hide your app pages. That makes it quicker to get to the App Library.

  1. Long press on a blank area of your home screen or any app page
  2. Once in edit mode, tap the app page dot icons in the bottom-middle of your screen
  3. Uncheck the app pages that you want to hide
  4. Tap Done in the top right corner

How to use iPhone App Library iOS 14 walkthrough editing app pages

You can unhide your app pages at any time by reversing the steps above.

Managing the App Library

After you’ve edited app pages, you’ll see an alert that new downloads will show up in the Recently Added section of the App Library. For now, the default is for new app downloads to also show up on your home screen/app page but you can change that in the Settings app.

If you’d like to have new downloads only show up in the iPhone App Library and not appear on the home screen or an app page, head to Settings > Home Screen and tap “App Library only.”

There’s also an option to get a notification badge to “Show in App Library” if you’d like reminders and a shortcut.

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Going further

  • Long press on a category name or a black space in the App Library to delete apps
  • Long press on an individual app in the App Library to add it to back to your home screen
  • For now, there’s no way to rename the auto-created App Library categories or rearrange them (hopefully that could arrive in an update)
  • You can still use folders on your home screen or on app pages as well as the App Library categories/folders, they’re separate

What do you think of the iPhone App Library? Useful and valuable or do you think you won’t end up using it? Any changes you’d like to see before the public release? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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The App Library on an iPhone.

The app library keeps your iPhone apps organized, even if you forget to. You can even remove apps from the Home screen entirely and access them solely via the App Library. Siri will also prioritize your most-used apps, so they’re always ready and waiting.

How to Access the App Library

You can find the App Library on your iPhone’s very last Home screen. To get to it, unlock your iPhone and swipe left until you see the search bar and neatly organized stacks of apps.

At the top left, you’ll see Siri’s “Suggestions.” Siri analyses your behavior and suggests apps that are relevant for that time of day. For example, if you often check the news in the morning, Siri will put your favorite news apps here at that time. These are the same Siri Suggestions you see when you swipe down to access the regular iOS search bar from the Home screen.

An iOS 14 App Library and the Search bar.

You’ll also see a category to the right of this one that contains “Recently Added” apps, so you can quickly find any new apps you’ve installed. Just tap any app to launch it immediately.

You can also tap a cluster of smaller apps to see all the apps in that category. It’s not possible to rename or recategorize these apps yourself, however; Siri uses App Store information to group the apps together.

How to Search for Apps

If you tap the search box at the top of the App Library, you’ll see a list of every app installed on your iPhone. To search for a specific app, start typing its name, category (like “games”), or developer (like “Microsoft”) in the search box to see relevant results.

Type app info in the App Library search box.

You can also scroll through the entire list of apps or use the quick-picker on the right to jump to a particular letter. When you find the app you want, just tap it to launch or tap and hold it to see context-based options.

You can also delete apps this way. Simply search for the app you want to delete, tap and hold it, and then tap “Delete App.” This solves the pre-iOS 14 problem of losing an app in a folder you created and never being able to find it again when you wanted to delete it.

Tap "Delete App" in the context menu.

You don’t have to use the App Library to search for an app, though. You can also swipe down to open the Spotlight search box and Siri Suggestions on your iPhone’s Home screen. This is the quickest way to launch an app on your iPhone if it’s not in the Dock or on the main Home screen.

Use the App Library to Tidy Up Your Home Screen

With all your apps neatly organized by Apple, you can remove anything you don’t want on your Home screen to make way for larger widgets. To hide an app on the Home screen, just tap and hold it to open the context menu, and then tap “Remove App.”

You’ll be asked if you just want to remove the app from the Home screen or delete it from your iPhone entirely. Any apps you remove from the Home screen, you can add back later. To do so, just tap and hold them in the App Library, and then tap “Add to Home Screen” in the context menu.

Note: If you don’t have any space on your last Home screen, newly downloaded apps are added to the App Library.

If you don’t want to comb through all your apps, you can hide all the Home screens you don’t need. To do so, tap and hold an app, and then tap “Edit Home Screen.” Tap the gray bar at the bottom to open “Edit Pages,” and then uncheck any Home screens you want to hide.

The "Edit Pages" menu.

You can re-add your custom Home screen layouts in the “Edit Pages” menu, as well. Just tap and hold an app and select “Edit Home Screen” from the menu. Then, tap the gray bar at the bottom and select any pages you want to enable.

Just Like Android’s App Drawer

Apple’s resistance to a proper, Android-style app drawer lasted for years, but we’re glad the company finally caved. Not only are widgets more useful than endless screens of icons, but people can also now go fully minimalist and rock a single Home screen.

Where Is the App Library on iPad?

The iPhone received the App Library with iOS 14, but, as of iPadOS 14, the iPad doesn’t have the App Library at all. It didn’t receive the new Home screen widgets feature, either.

We’re not sure why this is, but perhaps the App Library will debut on the iPad with iPadOS 15 in 2021. Stay tuned!


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