How to rearrange your apps on iPhoneSource: Joseph Keller/iMore

Even though you don't spend a lot of time on the Home screen on your iPhone, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take some time to make it your own, including switching up the wallpaper. You can also organize it up to make your apps easier to find, either by moving them around or by creating and putting them into folders.

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How to put your Home screen into edit mode

With iOS 13, contextual menus, previously relegated only to those Apple devices with 3D Touch displays, are available for everyone. This creates a new option for editing your apps on your Hom screen, though the older method of holding down and waiting for your icons to jiggle still works.

  1. Tap and hold or press firmly (iPhone 6s and newer) on app icon of the app you want to move so that the contextual menu pops up.
  2. Tap Edit Home Screen.

    Tap and hold, tap Edit Home ScreenSource: iMore

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

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How to put your Home screen into edit mode in iOS 12 and earlier

On iOS, your Home screen's edit mode is what you use to move apps around, delete them, move them in and out of folders, and just generally edit your Home screen.

  1. Tap and hold on an app icon until your icons start jiggling.
  2. Move the app, delete it, put it in or move it out of a folder, or edit your folders.

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How to move apps on your Home screen

  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. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X or later, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

    Tap and hold to enter edit mode, dragon icon, tap DoneSource: iMore

How to move apps between Home screens

You can move app icons onto different screens as well; for example, you can group all your games together on one screen.

  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 home screen you want to move your apps over to.

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  3. Let go of the app icon(s) to drop them into place.
  4. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X or later, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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How to move apps to a new Home screen

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.

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  3. Let go of the app icon(s) to drop them onto your new Home screen.
  4. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X or later, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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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 Home screen. You can also "delete" some of the built-in Apple apps now as well.

  1. Put your chosen app into edit mode. (If you have a device with 3D Touch turned on, press lightly to avoid enabling a 3D Touch gesture.)
  2. Tap the Delete button (looks like an X) at the top left of the app icon.
  3. Tap Delete to confirm the removal.
  4. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X or later, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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On iOS 13 and later, you can also delete an app through contextual menus. It's a 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 the app you want to delete until the contextual menu appears.
  2. Tap Delete App.
  3. Tap Delete.

Tap and hold app, tap Delete App, tap DeleteSource: 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 create a folder for apps on your Home screen

To save space on your Home screen, you can place apps into a folder.

  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.

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  3. Drag the app icons on top of the last app icon you wish to move and hold until the folder interface appears.
  4. Tap on the folder name to change it, if you don't like the suggestion iOS comes up with.
  5. Click the Home button to exit edit mode.
  6. Click the Home button again — or tap outside the folder — to return to the Home screen.

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How to rename folders on your Home screen

  1. Tap on the folder you want to rename to open it.
  2. Put your chosen app into edit mode.
  3. Tap on the folder name to edit it, or on 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. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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How to add apps to folders on your Home screen

You can continue to add apps to existing folders at any time. 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. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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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.

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  4. Let go of the app icon to drop it back onto the Home screen (anywhere you like).
  5. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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How to delete a folder from your Home screen

To delete an entire folder, you simply remove all the apps contained 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. Click the Home button to exit edit mode. On iPhone X, tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.

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

How to restore your Home screen to the default layout

If you ever get tired of your custom Home screen layout and want to return to Apple's default arrangement, you can do it at any time.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Reset (all the way at the bottom).

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  4. Tap on Reset Home Screen Layout.
  5. Tap on Reset Home Screen to confirm.

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Any Home screen questions?

If you have any trouble customizing your Home screen, or you need more help, drop your questions in the comments below!

Updated December 2019: Updated through iOS 13.3.

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