How to move or delete apps in the 3D Touch world of iPhone 6s

Deleting apps on iPhone
Deleting apps on iPhone

On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus you can use 3D Touch to get quick actions right from the app icons on your Home screen. But what if you want to move or delete those app icons instead? How do you do that? The answer is: the same as always... just a little more carefully!

How to move or delete apps on iPhone 6s

Even on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and even with 3D Touch, you still move and delete apps the same as always. You just have to be more careful about it. 3D Touch works with pressure, app moving and deleting does not.

Previously, to touch and hold to put your apps into "jiggly" editing mode, you could press as hard as you want. Pressing even made it easier to maintain contact for long enough to engage jiggly mode. No longer. Now if you press hard, you engage 3D Touch. So the trick is to not press at all. Just touch.

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Touch your finger down lightly on an app icon you want to move or delete.
  3. Wait a few seconds.

If the screen blurs or the quick actions pop up, you're pressing too hard. Lighten up and try again. You'll get the hang of it, it just takes a little time.

You can also adjust your 3D Touch settings to make it easier or harder to trigger, as needed.

How to easily enter edit mode using a folder

Since folders can't have quick action, it doesn't matter how hard you press on them. So if you're having trouble entering load pipe touching an icon, you can press on a folder as hard as you want for as long as you want, to get the jigglies jiggling.

  1. Go to your Home screen.
  2. Find a folder like the default Extras.
  3. Touch or press down on the folder as lightly or firmly as you want.
  4. Wait a few seconds.

Thanks to Paul Kafasis for this tip.

When interactions collide

3D Touch is new and touch-and-hold is old. Previously pressure didn't matter, only time. Now pressure and time both matter. It's a collision, but that often happens when new conventions are introduced. It's the price of innovation, but it's also something Apple will likely iterate on as 3D Touch becomes more prevalent, established, and understood.

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7 Comments
  • The whole 3D thing is still something to get used to. Perhaps they should revamp it and allow the user to hard press somewhere between the icons on the wallpaper to activate the jiggly mode. Did you know a hard press on the left edge of the screen activates the app switcher?
  • If you want to delete or move an icon don't hard press. Just rest your finger or thumb on the icon for a few seconds and it will start to jiggle.
  • I get the soft touch to make the icons jiggle, but I don't get an x when it jiggles so I can't figure out how to delete apps. Any suggestions?
  • If you soft touch on left upper corner of app, you will see x
  • Great tip on the app switcher! "Did you know a hard press on the left edge of the screen activates the app switcher"
  • Is the phrase "having trouble entering load pipe touching an icon" an autocorrect error, or am I just not understanding what that means because I've never used 3D touch?
  • Using the folder to get it in "jiggly mode" is the best method I've seen yet. Great tip.