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How to rearrange your apps on iPhone and iPad

How to rearrange your apps on iPhone
How to rearrange your apps on iPhone (Image credit: Joseph Keller/iMore)

Even if you don't spend a lot of time on your iPhone's Home screen, you still need to keep it as organized as possible. Whether you use your iPhone for work or your iPad for art, having a clean home screen boosts your productivity and makes it easier to find your go-to apps, and it changes your device's look and feel overall.

Organizing your Home screen is very simple, and you can do it in a few taps. Plus, with iOS 15, you can now have a very minimalistic Home screen that doesn't show every app on your device, offering only your most-used apps and even dynamic widgets. Here's how to rearrange your apps on iPhone and iPad.

How to put your Home screen into edit mode

Contextual menus, available since iOS 14, create a new option for editing your apps on your Home screen, though the older method of holding down and waiting for your icons to jiggle still works.

  1. Tap and hold on to the app icon of the app you want to move so that the contextual menu pops up.
  2. Tap Edit Home Screen.

Put your Home screen into edit mode by showing steps: Tap and hold on the app you want to move. When a contextual menu pops up, tap on Edit Home Screen. (Image credit: iMore)

After doing this, you can move apps, delete them, remove them from folders, place them in folders, and anything else outlined in this guide.

How to rearrange your apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode.
  2. Drag the app icon you want to move to its new location and let go. If you want to drag multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  3. Tap on any space on the Home screen. You can also wait a moment, and your iPhone will get itself out of edit mode.

How to rearange Apps in the Home Screen: Put your app into Edit Mode, drag the app icon you want to move to its new location and let go. Tap anywhere on the screen that doesn't have an app to get out (Image credit: iMore)

How to move apps between pages

You can rearrange your apps on iPhone on different pages as well. The process is pretty similar to the step prior. Just do this!

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode. If you want to drag multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  2. Use a second finger to swipe to the page you want to move your apps over to. You can also drag the app to the corner of your screen to move it to the left or right page.

How to move apps between Pages by showing steps: Go into edit mode, tap on the app or apps that you want to move and swipe with your other hand to the desired page. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Let go of the app icon(s) to drop them into place.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen that doesn't have an app to get out of edit mode.

How to move apps between Pages by showing steps: Let go of the app icon to drop it into place. Tap anywhere on the screen to get out of edit mode. (Image credit: iMore)

How to move apps to a new page

As you download apps, iOS will create new Home screens when the old ones are full. You can, however, also create additional Home screens any time you like.

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode. If you want to drag multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  2. Use a second finger to swipe to the left until you reach a blank home screen.

How to move apps between Pages by showing steps: Go into edit mode, tap on the app or apps that you want to move and swipe with your other hand to the desired page. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Let go of the app icon(s) to drop them onto your new page.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen to get out of edit mode.

How to move apps between Pages by showing steps: Let go of the app icon to drop it into place. Tap anywhere on the screen to get out of edit mode. (Image credit: iMore)

How to delete apps from your Home screen

If you no longer want an app you've downloaded from the App Store, you can delete it and remove it from your iPhone.

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode.
  2. Tap the Delete button (looks like a "-") at the top left of the app icon.
  3. Tap on Delete App.
  4. Confirm that you want to delete the app by tapping on Delete.

How to delete apps by showing steps: Go into edit mode, tap on the Delete Button, Tap on Delete App. Confirm that you want to uninstall the app. (Image credit: iMore)

You can also delete an app through the pop-up contextual menus. It's a slightly quicker method of deleting an app than the previous way now that pressing and holding for contextual menus is standard behavior across iOS.

  1. Tap and hold on to the app you want to delete until the contextual menu appears.
  2. Tap Remove App.
  3. Tap Delete App.
  4. Tap on Delete to uninstall the app.

How to delete Apps from the Contextual Menu: Tap and hold an app until you see the contextual menu. Tap on Remove app, and then tap on Delete App. Finally, confirm by tapping Delete (Image credit: iMore)

If you later change your mind and decide you want a deleted app back, you can re-download it from the App Store.

How to remove apps from your Home Screen without deleting them

Thanks to the App Library feature in iOS, you can now remove apps from your Home screen without deleting them from your iPhone. This helps keep your pages more organized, and now you have a whole page without a single app to give you a more minimalistic look without losing your helpful apps.

  1. Tap and hold the app you want to remove from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Delete Button (the one that looks like a "-").
  3. Tap on Remove From Home Screen.

Remove apps from Home screen without deleting them: Tap and hold the app you want to remove. Tap on the Delete button. Tap on Remove from Home Screen. (Image credit: iMore)

You'll notice the app is gone. If you want to bring it back to the Home Screen, you'll have to swipe to the right, where the App Library is located. Then, find the app and move it to any page you want. You can also swipe down on the screen to bring up a system-wide search.

How to hide pages from Home screen

There's a new way to hide full pages without worrying about deleting all the apps it has. This is extremely helpful if you want to keep your unnecessary apps at hand without having to look at them all the time or if you want to use certain pages at certain times of the day. Here's how you can do it:

  1. On your Home screen, go into edit mode.
  2. Tap on the Page Indicator. That's the pill-shape icon with dots just above the dock at the bottom of your screen.
  3. You'll see all your pages. Tap on the checkmark of a page to hide it.
  4. Tap on any visible page to go back to your Home screen.

How to hide Pages from Home Screen: Go into Edit mode, tap on the Page indicator at the bottom of your screen and above the dock. Tap on the checkmark to hide any Page from the Home screen, tap on any (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap anywhere to get out of edit mode.

You can always do the same process to make a page visible again. You won't lose the apps on that page or the order they were left in.

How to create a folder for apps on your Home screen

Another way to save space on your Home screen is to put your apps into folders. Here's how.

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode.
  2. Drag the app icon you want to move. If you want to move multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  3. Drag the app icons on top of the last app icon you wish to move and hold until the folder interface appears.

How to create folders by showing steps: Go into edit mode, Drag the icon or icons you want on top of the last app you want to have in a folder. Drop the app inside the folder to store it there. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap anywhere on the folder to get out of edit mode.
  2. Tap outside the folder to close it and return to the Home screen.

How to create folders by showing steps: Tap anywhere to get out of edit mode, and then tap again outside the folder to close it. (Image credit: iMore)

How to rename folders on your Home screen

  1. Tap on the folder you want to rename to open it.
  2. Put one of its apps into edit mode.
  3. Tap on the folder name to edit it or the clear button (looks like an X) to wipe it and start over.
  4. Enter the new folder name — you can even use emoji!
  5. Tap anywhere on the folder to get out of edit mode.

How to change the name of a folder: Tap on the folder you want to change, get into edit mode, Tap on the folder name and delete it, you can also tap the clear button. Change the name and tap anywhere (Image credit: iMore)

There's also a way to rename a folder from the pop-up contextual menu that appears when you press and hold on to a folder.

How to add apps to folders on your Home screen

You can continue to add apps to existing folders at any time. So, for example, you can make a folder filled with puzzle games or messaging apps.

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode. If you want to move multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  2. Drag the app icon(s) you want to put into a folder on top of the folder you want to add it to.
  3. Let go of the app icon(s) to drop it into place.
  4. Tap somewhere where there aren't any apps to get out of edit mode.

How to add an app to a folder: Go into edit mode and grab the app or apps you want to add to a folder. Drag the app(s) on top of the folder and let go of them. Tap anywhere to get out of edit mode. (Image credit: iMore)

You can drag in as many additional apps as you want.

How to remove apps from a folder on your Home screen

If you no longer want an app in a folder, you can pull it back out. For example, if you start playing a game frequently again, you might want to stick it back on your Home screen.

  1. Tap the folder containing the app you want to remove to open it.
  2. Put your chosen app into edit mode. If you want to move multiple apps, use a second finger to tap each additional icon and add it to your stack.
  3. Drag the app icon(s) out of the folder.

How to remove apps from a folder: Tap on the folder that contains the app to remove and go into edit mode. Drag the app out of the folder. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Let go of the app icon to drop it back onto the Home screen (anywhere you like).
  2. Tap anywhere to get out of edit mode.

How to remove apps from a folder: Relocate the app where you want it outside the folder and tap anywhere to get out of edit mode. (Image credit: iMore)

How to delete a folder from your Home screen

To delete an entire folder, you remove all the apps inside it.

  1. Tap the folder you want to delete.
  2. Put your chosen app into edit mode.
  3. Use a second finger to tap each additional icon in the folder to add it to your stack.
  4. Drag the app icons out of the folder.
  5. Let go of the app icons to drop them back onto any Home screen (anywhere you like).
  6. Tap anywhere to exit edit mode.

How To Delete A Folder: Open a folder and go into edit mode. Drag the app(s) out of the folder and place them in your Home screen. Tap anywhere to exit edit mode. (Image credit: iMore)

Once the last app is removed, the folder is automatically removed.

How to restore your Home screen to the default layout

If you don't like the result after you rearrange your apps on your iPhone or iPad, you can always go back to the original layout. Here's how to restore your Home screen.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone (at the bottom).

How to restore your Home screen to the default layout: Open Settings, tap General, tap Transfer or Reset iPhone (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap on Reset.
  2. Tap on Reset Home Screen Layout.
  3. Tap on Reset Home Screen to confirm.

How to restore your Home screen to the default layout: Tap Reset, tap Reset Home Screen Layout, tap Reset Home Screen (Image credit: iMore)

Take control of your Home screen

Knowing how to organize and customize your Home screen is fundamental to enjoying the best iPhone and iPad experience possible. You can have your most-used apps front-and-center, but you can also remove any clutter from your screen.

Updated April 2022: Updated for iOS 15.