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Optimize Your iOS Home Screens and Utilize the App Library




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When it comes to organizing your iPhone's home screens, iOS offers a range of options to help you optimize your layout and make it more efficient. With the introduction of the App Library in iOS 14, you have even more flexibility in managing your apps and accessing them quickly.

1. Fine-tune default settings for new apps

By default, new apps are added to the home screen on iOS. However, you can change this setting to have them go directly to the App Library instead. To do this, go to Settings, then Home Screen, and select App Library Only under the New App Downloads section. This way, your home screen won't get cluttered with new apps, and you can access them easily from the App Library.

2. Create folders by dragging app shortcuts together

Organizing your apps into folders can help you keep your home screens tidy and make it easier to find specific apps. To create a folder, simply drag one app shortcut onto another. iOS will automatically create a folder for you and suggest a name based on the category of the apps you've selected. You can customize the folder name by tapping on it and entering a new name.

3. Easily reorganize or remove apps by entering edit mode

When you need to rearrange your apps or remove them from your home screens, enter edit mode by long-pressing on any app icon until the icons start jiggling. In edit mode, you can drag and drop app icons to reposition them on the same screen or move them to a different screen. To remove an app, tap on the "x" icon that appears on the top left corner of the app icon. You can also use the same method to delete apps directly from the App Library.

4. Explore additional options with the dots at the bottom of the screen

At the bottom of your home screen, you'll find a row of dots representing your different home screens. Tapping on these dots gives you additional options for managing your home screens. You can enter edit mode by tapping on the dots, which allows you to add or remove home screens, change their order, or hide specific screens. This feature is particularly useful if you have multiple home screens and want to keep them organized.

By optimizing your iOS home screens and utilizing the App Library, you can create a personalized and efficient layout that suits your needs. Whether you prefer a minimalist approach with a single home screen or multiple screens with specific categories, iOS offers the flexibility to customize your experience.

Remember, the key to a well-organized home screen is to regularly review and declutter your apps. Remove any apps that you no longer use or need, and keep your most frequently used apps easily accessible. With a little bit of fine-tuning and organization, you can ensure that your iPhone's home screens are tailored to your preferences and help you stay productive.