Now that you know how to reposition your App icons on your Home Screen / dock in the first article, it’s time to take a look at a couple more advanced App/App icon organizational options:
Grouping Apps into Folders
Having tens, if not hundreds, of App icons floating around on multiple Home Screens can quickly become a hassle as you attempt to sort through page after page of Apps to find the one you need right now. While re-ordering your icons as discussed in our previous article will certainly help, if your app collection is especially large you will likely need a method of organizing your Apps into specific groups – you need Folders.
To create a folder group containing multiple apps within, follow these simple steps:
1. Tap and hold any icon on your Home Screen until the icons begin to “wiggle.”
2. Find two icons which you would like to group together, then Tap, and drag one icon above the other.
3. Hold the icon in place until the bottom most icon begins to glow.
4. Take your finger off of the screen. The bottom-most icon will now be replaced by a folder icon on the Home Screen, with the folder contents display showing directly beneath it.
4-1. Within the folder display you will see the two icons which you used to create the folder, as well as a default folder name at the top of the folder. The default name is generated automatically by iOS, based on the type of Apps used to create the folders. To change this default name immediately, Tap the white bar containing the folder name and edit it with the keyboard which appears at the bottom of the Home Screen.
5. Once your new folder name is in place, press the Home Button to stop the icon “wiggle” and confirm your new folder setup.
5-1. When you’re ready to add more icons to your folder, repeat Step 1, then drag and drop your App icons into your desired folder, and press the Home Button to set your additions.
5-2. If you wish to rename your folder after adding more icons, repeat Step 1, Tap the folder you wish to rename, and repeat Step 4-1 through Step 5.
Removing / Uninstalling Apps
For those apps which are no longer of use, simply taking up Home Screen and disk storage space, your best option may be to simply delete them off of your device altogether. Thankfully, unlike on a PC, uninstalling an iOS App requires minimal effort:
Step 1. Tap and hold the App icon which you would like to uninstall until it begins to “wiggle”
Step 2. Press the small black and white “X” at the upper left corner of your icon. The “Delete App” dialog will appear.
Step 3. Tap the “Delete” button to remove the App and its associated data from your device.
Your App icon will immediately disappear from the Home Screen/folder, simultaneously removing the App from your device.
Step 4. Press the Home Button to set your Home Screen change(s.)
Pausing App / Update Downloads
Now that your Apps are organized, it should be easier to find new Apps on your Home Screen not only once they are installed, but as they are being downloaded / installed as well. Why would you want to do this?
If you happen to be installing multiple App updates and / or new Apps at the same time, each App/update will be installed in the order in which it was selected in the App store. This can be problematic when the App you want to download and use immediately is stuck in the download queue while a larger, less important App update is being slowly downloaded to your device. Luckily, there is a way around this problem:
Pausing an App or update download will allow the App “next in line” in the download queue to begin downloading immediately, allowing you to download and use the more important download while you wait for the other Apps / updates to Install.
To pause an App download, follow these steps:
Step 1. Find the downloading, “dimmed” App icon on your Home Screen with a blue progress bar and “Loading…” text beneath it.
Step 2. Tap the dimmed icon. The “Loading…” text will change to read “Paused”
Step 3. Repeat as needed until the App / update icon you wish to download immediately displays a blue progress bar and “Loading…” text.
Step 4. Once your desired App/Update is finished downloading, Tap any of your “Paused” App icons to resume their download.
That’s all the room we have for now; check back soon for more great tips to enhance your iOS experience in iPad / iOS Basics Part 3!