If you use Facebook on your iPhone or iPad to message friends and family, there may be times where you need to converse with more than one person on a particular topic. Facebook for iPhone and iPad lets you easily start group conversations, which makes the task easier than maintaining individual ones.
- Launch the Facebook app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad
- In the upper right hand corner, tap on the menu icon in order to bring out the chat sidebar.
- At the top of the list, tap on the Create Group Chat. option.
- Now select the people you’d like to add by searching for their names and tapping on them.
- Once you’ve added everyone you need to, simply type your message below and hit Send.
- All the recipients will receive it and you’ll even be able to name the conversation along the top of the chat window.
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The App Library organizes the apps on your Apple device so you know where and how to find them.
Keeping track of all the apps on your iPhone or iPad can be a challenge, but the App Library has made it easier. This feature allows your device to intelligently organizes apps into folders based on categories such as suggested apps, recently added apps, social, entertainment, shopping, music, games, and more.
You can open the App Library with a simple swipe, then open a specific app from its folder, perform a search for the right app, or browse all your apps in alphabetical order. Apps can be moved from the App Library to the home screen, or deleted entirely, but apps in the library cannot be moved from one folder to another. If you feel an app has been categorized in the wrong folder, there’s nothing you can do.
Overall, the App Library is a helpful tool for managing your apps and finding the ones you need. It’s especially useful if you haven’t already manually organized your apps into different folders. Here’s how the feature works.
Update Your iPhone or iPad
To use the App Library, you will need to update your iPhone to iOS 14 or higher and iPad to iPadOS 15 or higher, if you haven’t already done so. On either device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Your device will indicate that your software is up to date or it will prompt you to download and install the latest update.
Open the App Library
After you’ve updated your device, open to the home screen and swipe to the left until you bump into the App Library screen. Here, you’ll see various folders with your apps neatly organized and tucked into each one based on the most fitting category.
Some of the apps have large icons, while others sport smaller icons in groups of four. You can open an app that has a large icon by just tapping it. For apps with small icons, tap anywhere in the quadrant of four small icons to bring up a screen displaying all of the apps in that category. From there, just tap the app icon.
Search for Apps
If you’re having trouble finding a specific app, you can browse or search for it. Swipe down on the App Library screen to view an alphabetical list of all the apps installed on the device. To find a specific app faster, tap a letter on the right-hand side to see all apps starting with that letter.
Alternatively, start typing the name of the app you want in the App Library search field at the top to see the corresponding apps. Tap the app icon to launch the app.
Add Apps to Home Screen
You can add an app from the App Library to your home screen if it’s not already there. Long-press on the icon to open the command menu, then tap Add to Home Screen. The app’s icon appears on the next free spot on your home screen but also remains in the App Library.
Another method of moving apps is to hold down on an app until all the icons start jiggling. The home screen will then appear, allowing you to place the icon into the correct position. You can also hold down on an icon from the home screen and select the Edit Home Screen command from the menu to make all the apps jiggle.
The Photos app makes it easy to keep your photos and videos organized and accessible. It can even give you a curated view of your photos, and intelligent Search features can help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for.
Photos is organized into Library, For You, Albums, and Search. When you turn on iCloud Photos, your collection is kept up to date across your devices. And using advanced search features, you can easily find photos of a person, place, object, or event.
Before you begin
- Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
- Set up iCloud on all your devices.
- Make sure that you’re signed in with the same Apple ID.
Enjoy a curated view of your moments in the Library tab, then browse by years, months, days, or all photos. You’ll also see Live Photos and videos come to life as you scroll and browse.
- Years: View your entire library of photos and videos that you’ve taken each year. Then swipe to scan the highlights.
- Months: See groups of photos and videos taken during each month by memories and locations. Tap the More button to share or play a movie created from your moments.
- Days: Browse photos of the day and watch some of your videos automatically play as you scroll. Tap a photo and swipe up to see its location on a map and the people in it.
- All Photos: See your complete photo library including screenshots and duplicate photos in the order they were taken.
With iOS 14 and later, you can filter what gets displayed, so it’s easier to browse through your library. For example, you can choose to show only photos or only videos. To filter what you see:
- Tap the Library tab, then tap the More button in the upper-right corner.
- Tap Filters, then choose an option.
- Tap Done.
To undo the filter, tap the Filters button near the top of your screen, then choose an option, and tap Done.
Live Photos and videos won’t autoplay in Photos when Low Power Mode is enabled.
In the For You tab, Photos searches for your photos and videos to find moments that stand out, then presents them in collections called Memories. You can also see Shared Album activity, get ideas for adding effects to select photos, and find Sharing Suggestions, which are collections of photos that you can share.
In the Albums tab, find the albums that you’ve created, shared albums that you’ve created or joined, and collections of different types of photos and videos, like Selfies, Portrait, and Slo-mo. You can also look at your photos arranged on a world map in the Places album, or browse your photos based on who’s in them in the People album.
The Recents album shows your entire collection in the order that you added them to your library. When you use iCloud Photos, the changes that you make to your albums on one device appear on your other devices too.
Create a new album
- Open Photos.
- Go to Albums and tap the Add button .
- Tap New Album. Type an album name, tap Save, then choose the photos and videos that you want to add.
- Tap Done.
Add to an existing album
- Open Photos.
- Tap Select, then tap the photos and videos that you want to add.
- Tap the Share button , then tap Add to Album and choose an album.
Manage your albums
To change the name of an album:
- Go to the album and tap the More button .
- Tap Rename Album.
- Change the name, then tap Save.
To rearrange your albums:
- Go to Albums, tap See All, then tap Edit.
- Touch and hold an album and drag it anywhere you want.
- Tap Done.
With iOS 14 and later, you can also sort the photos within your albums. Here’s how:
- Go to an album, then tap the More button .
- Tap Sort, then choose a sorting option, like Custom Order, Oldest to Newest, or Newest to Oldest.
Share an album
You can share photos, videos, and albums with select people, then allow them to add their own photos, videos, and comments. In the Albums tab, you can see the Shared Albums that you’ve created and joined. Learn more about sharing albums in the Photos app.
Search your photos
Photos makes it easy to find photos of a specific person, place, thing, or event. Tap the Search tab, then type what you’re looking for in the search bar.
- Moments: Search for an event, like a concert you attended or a trip you took. Photos uses the time and location of your photos along with online event listings to find matching photos.
- People: Find photos in your library of a specific person or a group of people. Just keep names and faces organized in your People album.
- Places: See your photos and videos on a map in the Places section. Or type a location name in the Search bar to see photos and videos from that place.
- Categories: Photos recognizes scenes, objects, and types of locations. Search for a term like “lake” and select a result to see photos that match.
The Search tab also suggests moments, people, places, categories, and groups for you to search. Tap a suggested search, such as One Year Ago or Animals, to explore your photos.
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How to better manage all the texts on your iPhone or iPad
How to better manage all the texts on your iPhone or iPad
You can tweak Apple’s Messages app to organize all your texts. Here are a couple of tricks.
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The messaging app built into iOS and iPadOS can be challenging to navigate. Each conversation appears on the messaging screen in descending order by date. That includes people you chat with on a regular basis as well as automated texts and one-time messages. And this means you often have to swipe your way through a bunch of trivial texts to find a specific conversation. Fortunately, Apple now offers you two key ways to help you manage and juggle all your texts.
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With iOS/iPadOS 14, you can pin a particular contact or conversation to the top of the screen so it’s easily accessible. You can also filter your texts to see only those from known senders.
First, make sure you’ve updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of the OS. Go to Settings and then General. Tap the setting for Software Update and you’ll be told that your software is up to date or prompted to download and install the latest update.
Next, open the Messages app. Find a conversation or contact that you frequently use in order to pin it to the top of the screen. You can pin it using any one of four different methods:
- Press down on the conversation and tap Pin from the popup menu.
- Swipe the conversation to the right and tap the Pin icon.
- Drag the conversation to the top of the screen and drop it onto the circle that says: Drag here to pin.
- Tap the ellipsis icon at the upper right of the screen and select Edit Pins. Tap the pin icon next to any conversation you want to pin and then tap Done.
Continue that process until you’ve pinned your most frequently used conversations at the top (Figure A). To unpin a conversation, press down on it and tap Unpin from the menu.
Next, you can filter your conversations to see only those from known senders or only those from unknown senders. To set this up, go to Settings and tap the entry for Messages. Swipe down the screen and turn on the switch for Filter Unknown Senders (Figure B).
Return to the Messages app. Tap the Filters link in the upper left corner. From there, tap All Messages to see every conversation. Tap Known Senders to see conversations only from known contacts. Tap Unknown Senders to see conversations from anyone else (Figure C).
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Learn how to organize your email with custom mailboxes, VIP mailboxes, and flags.
How to use mailboxes
A mailbox is a folder that you can use to organize your email. In the Mail app, you can use standard mailboxes — like Inbox, Sent, and Trash. Or you can create custom mailboxes. You can also use VIP and flags to make certain email messages stand out.
Create custom mailboxes
- In the Mailboxes list, tap Edit in the upper-right corner, then tap New Mailbox.
- Give your mailbox a name. If you have more than one email account set up on your device, tap Mailbox Location and choose the account where you want to create a mailbox.
- Tap Save, then tap Done.
You can find your new mailbox in the Mailboxes list under the account where you created it.
Move your email messages to a mailbox
- Go to your Inbox in Mail.
- Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
- Select the email messages, then tap Move.
- Choose a mailbox to move the email messages to.
When you delete a custom mailbox, it permanently deletes all of the email messages inside the mailbox and from your account. Before you delete a mailbox, you can move your email to another mailbox.
To delete a custom mailbox:
- Go to your Mailboxes list and tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
- Tap the mailbox you want to delete.
- Tap Delete Mailbox.
- Tap Delete, then tap Done.
You can only delete custom mailboxes.
How to use the VIP mailbox
In the Mail app, you can specify certain people as VIPs to help keep track of messages they send. Your VIPs have a star icon next to the names in the message header. Your VIP mailbox is in the list of your mailboxes.
If you can’t find your VIP mailbox, make sure it’s turned on. Go to Mail, tap Edit, then make sure VIP is selected in the list of mailboxes.
Add a VIP
- Go to an email.
- Tap the sender’s name or email address in the message header.
- Tap Add to VIP.
Mail adds the VIP to your VIP mailbox.
Change VIP alerts
- Open Mail.
- Tap the Info button next to VIP.
- Tap VIP Alerts.
- Then select the alerts you want to set.
Flag your email
You can mark your email with a flag to help you keep track of your messages. You can even color code your different flags. When you flag an email, you’ll see a flag icon next to the email thread.
Use the default flag:
- Go to the mailbox that has the email you want to flag.
- Swipe left over the email.
- Tap Flag.
To change the color of a flag:
- Go to an email thread.
- Tap the Reply button.
- Tap Flag, then select the color you want to use for that flag.
Google+ made it dead simple to organize contacts into Circles, and Facebook has followed suit with its revised Lists feature. Learn how to easily organize your friends into groups.
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Facebook recently revised its Lists feature to make it much easier to organize your friends into groups like Family, Colleagues, Close Friends, and so on. Some are automatically populated based on associations and algorithms known only to FB techies, while others require a bit of manual effort to fill up. It’s not so much work, and it’s well worth it. Here’s how to get going:
- First, you need to check to see if lists have shown up on your FB page yet. If not, you may want to wait a day or two, as the rollout isn’t quite complete yet.) It’s easy–just check over on the left sidebar under the Favorites section.
- Click More next to Lists to bring up the main Lists page. You should see Close Friends and Acquaintances at the top; these are the two lists that you have to fill up manually. The rest are populated automatically, but you can add or subtract friends from each list if you like. Step 2: Bring up Lists main page.
- Let’s start with Close Friends. Click its name to bring up a new page that lets you add friends to the list and update your status so that only friends on the list can see it. Suggestions are on the right and easy to add, but you can add anyone you want by typing their names into the box up top or heading over to you main Friends list and adding them manually. The Acquaintances list works the same way. Step 3: Close Friends list.
- It’s a good idea to check out the prepopulated lists, too–often they are incomplete, and there can be some funny (or not so funny) additions. Click any list to get started; most lists should be pretty well stocked. My example is a large volunteer organization in which only staff members were automatically added. There are quite a few volunteers suggested, and it’s easy to add them all in pretty quickly. Step 4: Pre-populated list.
- Once your lists are locked in, you should be good until you add new friends. Make adding them to lists the first thing you do and you should find that it becomes second nature. Of course, if you’re colleagues or classmates, they should already be added to those lists as soon as they confirm.
- If you want to send out an update to a list, just click it and start typing in the text box. You can also limit your feed to one list or skip around freely. From the main FB page, any update can be limited to a particular list easily; just click Public under the text box and select a list. Step 6: Update to list.
There you have it. Not quite as brainlessly easy as Google+, but still pretty simple and easy for most of us to use.
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iTunes is good enough as a media player, there do exist better options, but when it comes to managing an iOS device, it has some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve.
Chief among these are the Apps settings. With the Apps settings you can quickly and easily manage apps and home screens using your computer. In addition to being able to effortlessly remove apps that you’ve installed from the Apps Store, you can also reorganize app icons and the order that they appear, you can drag apps to different home screens, and you can even rearrange home screens, with just a few drags and clicks.
It’s all very reminiscent of how Launchpad works, which we recently covered, except with iTunes, you have even more top-down control over your iOS apps.
Accessing Your Device via iTunes
If you use an iPad or iPhone then you’ve probably used iTunes at some point to manage your music or device. Some users might have even had to use iTunes to upgrade to iOS 8. But, beyond simply syncing your music and movies, many may not realize you can also handily manage your apps.
The quickest and fastest way to connect your iPad or iPhone is to plug it in with the cable.
Little else is faster than good ol’ Thunderbolt.
You can also sync your iPad or iPhone wirelessly via Wi-Fi, which isn’t as fast but is sure a lot more convenient. To do this, you must first make sure that the option is enabled in iTunes. Click the device icon in iTunes.
Now under the Summary settings, scroll down to Options and make sure “Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi” is checked (obviously if you have an iPhone it will say “iPhone”).
Now you’re all set to manage and sync your apps and device’s home screens.
The Apps Settings
Right below the Summary settings is the Apps option. The left side is dedicated to your apps you’ve installed from the App Store.
You can sort apps, such as by name, kind, category, and so on. Next to each app is a “Remove” button, which will uninstall the app. You can also search for an app, or narrow a group of apps down by search string.
On the right side is the “Home Screens” section, and this is where the real magic of iTunes app management happens. First, you can use the slider at the top to enlarge or shrink your home screens. Slide it over to the left and you can see your home screens (called “Pages) arrayed side-by-side.
Moving the slider to the right will give you greater detail and allow you to better see what’s on each page.
If you click the little “+” in the upper-right corner, you can add a new home screen. There doesn’t appear to be an obvious way to remove it, but we found that you can click the “Revert” button and it will go away.
So what else can you do with the home screen options? For one you can quickly reorder app icons and screens. To move apps around or to another home screen, you need to double-click to zoom.
You can now reorder apps on that home screen by dragging them. If you drag the icon beyond the home screen’s border, you can place it on another. The destination home screen will zoom and you can place the app on it where you prefer.
If you want to move more than one icon at a time, you need to hold the “Control” button on your keyboard and then click to select every app you want to affect; a blue border will appear around each selected app.
Note also, that you can remove apps by tapping the gray “X” in the upper-left corner. This is the same method of removing App Store apps as on your iPhone, iPad, and even OS X’s Launchpad. Also, iTunes won’t let you move a group of selected apps to another home screen if there isn’t enough room.
Speaking of groups, just like if you were using the device itself, if you drag one icon over the top of another, you can create a folder of apps and rename it to something appropriate. If you want to remove a folder, simply drag all the icons out of it.
Finally, and this is a real timesaver, let’s say you want to reorder home screens. For instance, let’s say you get done rearranging a bunch of icons and you realize you want page 2 to come before page 1.
Just drag the screens into your preferred order.
When you’re done with auditing your apps and moving them and your home screens around, simply click “Apply” to sync your changes. If you change your mind, again you can hit “Revert” and everything will go back to the way to the way it was before.
Always remember to hit “Apply” to save and sync your changes.
Being able to make these changes – to quickly move apps or app groups from one home screen to another, or rearrange home screens – means that you can do in almost no time, what would normally take much, much longer using the touchscreen interface on your iPhone or iPad. We all know how tedious simply moving app icons around can be, using iTunes makes very short work of that.
We’d like to now hear from you now. Do you or have you ever used iTunes to manage your iOS device’s apps and home screens? Has this article been useful to you? Sound off in our discussion forum and share your thoughts with us.
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If you’re an organization junkie and an iPhone user, then iOS 14 has provided you with a new tool: the App Library, which organizes your apps in labeled groups to make them easier to find. In fact, all your current apps can now be found there, and any apps you download in the future will be placed there as well. (You can decide whether you want the apps to also be visible on your home screen; we’ll tell you how later in this article.)
This new feature can be very useful, especially if you tend to download a lot of apps.
The App Library appears as a separate page on your home screen. After you’ve updated to iOS 14, just keep swiping left; the App Library will be the last page you hit.
It automatically organizes your apps into folders that are labeled with a variety of categories. For example, just after updating to the new OS, mine included Recently Added, Utilities, Productivity & Finance, Social, Creativity, Information & Readings, Games, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and Travel. Each folder is divided into four quadrants; each quadrant shows an icon representing an app. If a folder holds more than four apps, the remaining icons are shrunk down and grouped into a single quadrant.
You can open an app directly from its icon in the App Library. If the app is part of a group of smaller icons (and therefore too small to tap), tap anywhere in that quadrant and the entire category will fill your screen so you can select the app you want.
The App Library organizes your apps into categories.
Tap on a group of small icons, and the category will open.
Long press on any app in the App Library, and a pop-up menu lets you delete it, use one of its features, or — if it isn’t there already — copy the icon to your home screen. (This will not remove it from the App Library).
If you can’t find an app, select the search field on top; you’ll get an alphabetical list of your apps. You can either type in the name of the app you want or scroll down to find it.
A long press offers a variety of options.
If you can’t find an app, tap on the search box.
However, you do not get to decide where in the App Library the new app will appear. For example, I installed an app called NYC 311, which offers alerts and info for the city. It landed in the “Recently Added” folder and, as far as I could tell, that was that. I have to assume that, when it’s no longer considered recent, it will go to another category automatically. I couldn’t create my own category or move the app to a different existing category.
Move apps to the App Library
If you want to clean up your home screen, you can “remove” icons so that they are only visible in the App Library. For a single app:
- On the home screen, long press on the app you want to add.
- Tap “Remove App.”
- Tap “Move to App Library.”
To move an app to the App Library, first select “Remove App.”
You’ll then be give the choice to move the app to the App Library.
You can also get rid of a bunch of home screen apps at once by long-pressing an empty area on your home screen. Tap on the “minus” symbol on the corner of each app you want to take off the home screen and select “Move to App Library.”
If you want to keep your home screen clean, you can arrange to have newly installed apps appear only in the App Library.
- Go to Settings > Home Screen
- Choose either “Add to Home Screen” or “App Library Only.” You can also opt to have notification badges shown in the App Library.
To change where apps first appear, go to the home screen setting.
Apps can be downloaded to your home screen or to the App Library.
As mentioned, the App Library is an interesting addition to the iOS arsenal, allowing for increased organization of apps and a cleaner, less crowded home screen. However, its lack of personalization is, for me at least, a significant limitation — unlike its Android counterpart, it doesn’t allow you to create your own groups or to decide which app should go in which group. With any luck, Apple will improve the feature over the coming months.
A contact group comes in handy when you want to send the same message to multiple contacts every time, especially if it’s a party invite or trip discussion. While iOS doesn’t allow to create a contact group directly, you can do so via iCloud or third-party applications, which are as easy as pie.
Moreover, the people in your group can reach you even if your iPhone is in the “Do not disturb” mode. In this how-to guide, I have covered everything you need to know to create a contact group on your iPhone.
Note: You must enable contact sync in iCloud. To check and do so, open Settings → tap your profile → go to iCloud → toggle on Contacts.
How to make contact groups on iPhone using iCloud
- Visit iCloud.Com on your Mac and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Next, select Contacts and tap on the “+” icon at the bottom left corner.
Note: This process requires a strong internet connection.
Once you create the group, you can add all the contacts you want in that particular group. All you have to do is drag the contact from ‘All Contacts‘ and drop it in the new group you made.
You can delete the group or a specific contact easily. Here’s how;
Delete group or contact from iCloud
- Select the group or contact you wish to delete.
- Tap the Actions menu in the bottom left corner and select Delete from the menu.
- A menu will pop-up on your screen. Tap Delete to confirm the action.
Tip: You can also delete by selecting a particular contact or the contact group and clicking on the delete button from your Mac’s keyboard.
Use contact groups on the iPhone
- Check the group you made in the Phone app on iPhone
- Launch the Phone app on your iPhone and go to Contacts.
- Now, tap groups in the upper right corner.
- You will be able to see all the groups you created.
Note: iPhone’s messaging app doesn’t support groups. You can send a message to the group via email.
- Use it in the Mail app
Send an email to each person in the group in one go.
- Open the Mail app on your iPhone and create a new email.
- In the “To” section, type the group’s name. You will see the name of the group as a suggestion.
- Select that group, type the message, and hit send. The message will be delivered to everyone in the group via email.
Note: It is crucial to have the person’s email ID saved in his/her contact details. Otherwise, you can’t send an email to that person even if you have added him/her to the group.
- Use it for Do Not Disturb Mode on your iPhone
- Launch Settings and go to the ‘Do not disturb’ option.
- Here, you will see the contact groups you created in iCloud.
- Tap ‘Allow Calls From‘ and select the contact group.
Besides iCloud, you can also use third-party applications to create a contact group on the iPhone easily. One best app that comes to mind is Groups. It is available on the App Store for free (with in-app purchases).
How to create a contact group on iPhone using Groups app
- Open the Groups app on your iPhone.
- Tap ‘Add New Label’ to create a new group.
- Visit the New Group page and name your contact group.
- Tap ‘No Contacts — Add Some’ to start adding contacts.
Note – You can add or remove contacts by selecting ‘Manage‘ at the top right corner.
- Tap Done.
You can also add new contacts directly using this app.
Now, plan your party or trip with less stress. While I usually stick to iCloud for creating contact groups, third-party apps come in handy if you have don’t have Mac at your disposal.
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Want to rearrange your albums in Apple’s Photos app on your iPhone or iPad? Here’s how to organize your photo albums into the order you like best; it’s easy!
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When you make a photo album on your iPhone, the Photos app automatically sorts that picture album in the Albums tab in order of when the album was created. You can rearrange the order your albums appear in the Albums tab by holding and dragging your albums inside the Photos app. Read on to learn how to organize photos by rearranging how your albums appear in the Photos app.
How to Rearrange & Organize Photo Albums in the Photos App on Your iPhone & iPad
We’ve already gone over how to create a photo album, how to delete albums on the iPhone, and even how to make a slideshow with music on your iPhone. For more great tutorials on how to use your Photos app, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let’s learn how to rearrange your photo albums in Apple’s Photos app. To begin:
- Open the Photosapp.
- Tap Albums.
When you are finished rearranging your albums, tap Done in the upper right-hand corner.
Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin’s expertise covers a broad spectrum.
Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU’s literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin’s first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.
Organize your iPhone to save time and avoid aggravation
What to Know
- Tap and drag one app on top of another to put them in a folder together.
- Tap the X icon to clear the default name and enter a new one.
This article explains how to make app folders on all iPhone models running any iOS version and how to rename, edit, and delete folders.
How to Create Folders and Group Apps on the iPhone
Making folders on your iPhone is a terrific way to organize apps on your device’s home screen. Grouping apps together can also make it easier to use your phone — if all of your music apps are in the same place, you won’t have to go hunting through folders or search your phone using Spotlight when you want to use them.
How you create folders isn’t immediately obvious, but once you learn the trick, it’s simple. Here’s what you need to know about how to create a folder on your iPhone.
To create a folder, you’ll need at least two apps to put into the folder. Decide which two you want to use.
Lightly tap and hold one of the apps until your iPhone app icons all start to shake (this is the same process you use to re-arrange apps and folders on an iPhone).
Making folders on the iPhone 6S and 7 series, the iPhone 8, iPhone X, XS and XR, and iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max is a little trickier. That’s because the 3D Touch screen on those models responds differently to different presses on the screen. If you have one of those phones, don’t press too hard or you’ll trigger a menu or shortcut. Just a light tap and hold is enough.
Drag one of the apps on top of the other. When the first app seems to merge into the second one, take your finger off the screen. Dropping one app into the other creates the folder.
What happens next depends on what version of the iOS you’re running.
- In iOS 7 and higher, the folder and its suggested name take up the entire screen.
- In iOS 4-6, you’ll see the two apps and a name for the folder in a strip across the screen.
Every folder has a name assigned to it by default (more on this in a minute), but you can change that name. Tap the x icon to clear the suggested name and then type the name you want.
If you want to add more apps to the folder, tap the wallpaper to close the folder. Then drag more apps into the new folder.
When you’ve added all the apps you want and edited the name, click the Home button on the front center, and your changes will be saved (just like when re-arranging icons).
If you have an iPhone X, XS, XR, or newer, there’s no Home button to click. Instead, you should tap Done in the top right corner of the screen.
How Default iPhone Folder Names Are Suggested
When you first create a folder, the iPhone assigns a suggested name to it. That name is chosen based on the App Store category that the apps in the folder come from. For example, if the apps come from the Games category, the folder’s suggested name is Games. You can use the suggested name or add your own using the instructions in step 5 above.
How to Edit Folders On Your iPhone
If you’ve already created a folder on your iPhone, you may want to edit it by changing the name, adding or removing apps, and more. Here’s how:
To edit an existing folder, tap and hold the folder until it begins to move.
Tap it a second time, and the folder will open, and its contents will fill the screen.
You can make the following changes:
- Edit the folder’s name by tapping on the text.
- Remove apps from the folder by dragging them out.
Click the Home button or the Done button to save your changes.
How to Remove Apps From Folders on iPhone
If you want to remove an app from a folder on your iPhone or iPod touch, follow these steps:
Tap and hold the folder that you want to remove the app from.
When the apps and folders start wiggling, remove your finger from the screen.
Tap the folder you want to remove the app from.
Drag the app out of the folder and onto the home screen.
Click the Home or Done button to save the new arrangement.
How to Add Folders to the iPhone Dock
The four apps across the bottom of the iPhone live in what’s called the Dock. You can add folders to the dock if you want. To do that:
Move one of the apps currently in the dock out by tapping, holding, and dragging it to the home screen’s main area.
Drag a folder into an empty space.
Press the Home or Done button, depending on your iPhone model, to save the change.
How to Delete a Folder on the iPhone
Deleting a folder is similar to removing an app. Here’s what you need to do:
Drag all the apps out of the folder and onto the home screen.
When you do this, the folder disappears.
Press the Home or Done button to save the change, and you’re done.
You spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it pays to organize your apps. Keeping your apps organized lets you open your favorites faster, open up space for useful widgets, and group your apps by category.
Whatever your strategy for getting organized, here’s how to move and sort your apps on an iPhone.
How to organize apps on your iPhone
You can organize iPhone apps in three main ways: moving apps, creating folders, or removing them from your Home Screen and storing them in the App Library.
Move your apps
The most basic organizing skill you’ll need is knowing how to move your app icons.
1. Tap and hold your finger on an app icon for several seconds. This is called a “long press,” and after about three seconds, you should see a menu appear.
2. In this menu, tap “Edit Home Screen.” You should now see all the apps start to jiggle. Some apps will have small minus signs in the upper-left corner (which you can tap to delete them from your iPhone).
3. Tap and hold your finger on the app you want to move, and then drag it around the screen. You should see the app icon move under your finger, and other apps will “flow” around it as you drag.
If you want to move the app to another page, drag it to the edge of the screen. You’ll move to the next Home Screen page.
4. When you’ve found the right spot for the app, just release it. It’ll settle into place and start shaking again. Repeat this for as many apps as you’d like. When you’re done, press “Done” in the top-right corner or press the Home button.
You can also move multiple apps at once, which is great for large-scale organization. Start to move one app icon, and with your other finger, tap other apps around it. They’ll start stacking up under your finger, letting you move all of them at the same time.
Create a folder for your apps
A convenient way to organize your iPhone’s app collection is to sort your apps into folders. You can make any number of folders and give them unique names, making it an easy way to save space and quickly find similar apps.
1. Tap and hold your finger on an app icon and select “Edit Home Screen” so you can move them.
2. Find two apps that you want to store in a folder. Drag one app on top of the other — you should see a frame appear around the app on the bottom — and let go. If you have trouble with this, be sure that you drag the app directly over the center of the other icon. If you approach it too far off-center, that app will simply land next to the other.
3. Drag any additional apps into the new folder.
4. Tap the folder. If you’re still in “jiggle mode,” you can rename the folder. Tap the name at the top of the screen and type to change it.
5. Tap anywhere on the screen to save your changes to the folder.
6. When you’re done, press the Home button or tap “Done” in the upper-right corner, depending upon which model iPhone you are using.
If you want to remove an app from a folder, just enter “jiggle mode,” open the folder, and drag the app out of the folder. Once you take all the apps out of a folder, it’ll delete itself.
Remove apps from the Home Screen but keep their data
If you don’t want to have an app on your Home Screen, but still want to keep the app on your iPhone, you can move it to the App Library.
The App Library is the last page of your Home Screen, and contains folders with every single one of your apps. Removing an app from your Home Screen without deleting it will still let you find it in the App Library.
1. Tap and hold your finger on any app that you want to take off the Home Screen.
2. Select “Remove App.”
3. When you’re asked if you’d like to delete the app or remove it, tap “Remove from Home Screen.”
The app will disappear, but you can still find it in the App Library.
Try to find the Notes app on your phone — without using Spotlight search.
If you’ve spent more than a minute hunting for this across your home screens, you may want to consider organizing your iPhone for easy access.
With thousands of apps at our fingertips, they can quickly overcrowd our screens. Apps are designed to improve our lives and make us more efficient, but trying to find them in a mishmash collection of colorful icons can be time consuming.
Solve this problem by taking 15 minutes to clean out the jumble of app clutter, and find a homescreen organizational structure that works for you. After all, no one wants to be an app hoarder.
Here are seven creative ways to arrange your smartphone apps.
1. Verb-based folders
For some people, default category names such as “Productivity,” “Reference,” and “Utilities” are too vague.
Instead, take a second to think about what you use your phone for. Do you watch videos on YouTube? Listen to music? Read the news? Labeling folders with verbs such as “watch,” “play,” and “learn” can help you jump to the app you’re looking for infinitely faster.
2. Color coding
Color coding isn’t just for notes, emails, and closets.
An app icon’s visual elements are specifically designed to be easily identified and memorable. Your mind associates colors much quicker than black and white name labels, and colors can help you navigate your phone faster.
The end result may be a smartphone with a rainbow color scheme, but you’ll see that color filing in your app organization may make your life run a little more smoothly.
3. Alphabetical order
If you find comfort in an A-to-Z world, this method may be for you. Instead of manually alphabetizing your apps, here’s an easier way to sort them on the iPhone:
Launch the Settings app.
Scroll down and tap “Reset.”
Tap “Reset Home Screen Layout.”
The icons that came with your Apple phone will be placed into their default locations, and your other apps will be sorted alphabetically.
If you like placing your apps in bins, another option is to create an “A” folder, “B” folder, etc.
4. How you hold your phone
Think about how you hold your phone. If it’s easier for you to open an app on the perimeter of your phone, then it may be best to place your frequently used apps strategically around the phone’s edges.
However, if you like to file away apps in folders, this may not be the ideal method for you.
5. Themed rows
If you aren’t a fan of using folders, you can use the themed row method to place related apps together.
Assign a specific genre or theme to each row, like “day planning.” By grouping similar apps, you can easily identify which row to navigate toward.
For example, your first row can be dedicated to day planning apps such as your calendars, to-do lists, and reminders. The second row could be dedicated to your favorite reading apps, and so on.
6. Frequency of app usage
Organize apps on different home screen pages in order of how often you use them. To keep your iPhone clean and easily accessible, the goal is to have no more than three home screens.
Place the apps you use most on the first page of the home screen. This is also a great section to include apps you need to get to quickly, like your camera.
On the second home screen page, you can organize folders by categories and subjects. This can be home to apps that you don’t access as regularly as the apps on your dock or home screen.
The third screen can consist of apps you use the least. You can also put apps that distract you (like games) or apps that you’re trying to use less in this space.
7. Emoji folders
You don’t have to label your app folders with just text. Instead, dazzle up your homescreen folders with emoji-themed labels.
For example, use the music note symbol for your music apps like Spotify and Pandora.
If you don’t want your emoji to stand alone, an alternative is to mix emoji pictures with words. The possibilities here are endless.
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Additional reporting by Sasha Lekach. Originally story published in 2014 and updated in 2018.
If you’d like to change the layout of app icons on the Home Screen of iPhone or iPad, you can do so easily. This allows you to place apps where you use them most, to tidy up the devices home screen, or to customize how you want your Home Screens to look on an iPhone or iPad.
Moving apps and organizing them and arranging them on the iPhone or iPad Home Screen is easy, but like many other features it has changed slightly over time. If you’re wondering how to move apps around on the Home Screen, then this article will detail how to move app icons around in the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
How to Move & Arrange Home Screen Icons on iPad & iPhone
The process of moving, changing, organizing, and arranging app icons is the same on iPhone and iPad. The process is demonstrated here on iPad, but it’s the same on iPhone too.
- Get to the Home Screen of the iPhone or iPad
- Tap and hold on any app icon
Choose “Edit Home Screen” from the pop-up menu that appears
If you have multiple Home Screens full of apps then you can drag any of the app icons to other the other screens just by dragging the app to the edge fo the screen.
Remember, you can also delete apps from iPhone and iPad, which is slightly different in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and later too. So if you’re arranging apps and find some you don’t use at all, feel free to remove them if you’re up for it.
A neat trick to help move apps to other home screens is this; continue to drag and hold the app and then swipe with another finger to change the Home Screen and then drop the app icon onto that different home screen.
Just as it has always been, you can also drag app icons onto one another to create a folder on the home screen of iPhone or iPad. You can put a bunch of apps into the folder if you want to, and they can offer a way to tidy up the Home Screen of any device.
You can also drag apps into the Dock to add them there. On the iPhone the Dock is limited to four app icons, but iPad can have more apps in the Dock, carrying up to 15 in the latest versions of iPad system software.
You can also just start over completely if you’d like to by resetting the Home Screen layout on iPhone or iPad to the default which basically puts all the default Apple apps on the primary screen, removes all apps from any folders, and then places third party apps onto the other home screens.
While this covers iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can also move icons around on a Mac with drag and drop, and rearrange Apple TV screen icons too.
Note the method discussed here is relevant to the latest iOS and iPadOS releases. You can still use the traditional long tap and long hold approach too, just like on older iOS versions, but only modern versions of system software for iPhone and iPad have the ability to choose the “Edit Home Screen” option from a pop-up menu as described here. Thus if you’re not running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.1 or later, you won’t have that menu option.
Do you customize and arrange your app icons on iPhone or iPad in any particular way? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
In iOS 14, Apple lets you disable individual Home Screen pages thanks to the App Library, which is available to keep your apps better organized. However, not everyone gets on with the App Library, and it’s not possible to rearrange the order of your Home Screen pages, nor can you delete a page outright rather than merely disabling it. In iOS 15, though, you can do both. Here’s how it works.
How to Rearrange Home Screen Pages
- Touch and hold a space on the Home Screen to enter jiggle mode.
- Tap the row of dots representing your Home Screen pages.
- In the Home Screen grid that appears, touch and drag a page to rearrange it in relation to your other pages. The others will move to make way in response to your drag action.
- Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen when you’re happy with the new arrangement, then tap Done again to exit jiggle mode.
How to Delete Home Screen Pages
- Touch and hold a space on the Home Screen to enter jiggle mode.
- Tap the row of dots representing your Home Screen pages.
- In the Home Screen grid that appears, tap the tick under the page that you want to delete.
- Tap the minus (–) icon in the top-left corner of the page to delete it.
- Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen when you’re finished, then tap Done again to exit jiggle mode.
When you delete a Home Screen page, the apps that were on the page are not deleted and remain in the App Library. You will have to drag them out of the App Library if you want to re-add them to the Home Screen.
Alongside iOS 15, Apple also introduced iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 at this year’s WWDC. The new software for Apple’s devices will be available for general release in the fall. If you missed WWDC, be sure to catch up on all of Apple’s announcements by watching our nine-minute recap video, or check out our dedicated OS guides in the roundup menu at the top of the site.
One thing that the Photos app on iOS has been lacking is the ability to sort photos and videos in your albums. Luckily with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and later, that’s no longer an issue.
You can sort a couple of different ways in Photos within your Shared Albums and albums you create. This is a terrific feature that many have been waiting for, and if you’re one of the many, here’s how to sort on iPhone and iPad in Photos.
Where you can sort
As mentioned, you can sort photos and videos in your albums. This includes Shared Albums and those you make for yourself.
The other areas in Photos do not offer the sorting option. This includes premade collections like Favorites and Recents, utilities like Imports and Recently Deleted, and all of the folders within Media Types.
The sole purpose is to give you a way to sort the items in your albums.
How to sort in Photos on iPhone and iPad
If you’re ready to give the sorting feature a try, open Photos and pick an album. Then, follow these steps.
1) Tap the three dots in the top right corner of the album.
2) Choose Sort.
3) Select your sort option. You can pick from Oldest to Newest or Newest to Oldest.
In Shared Albums, you can also choose Date Added, and in albums you create, you can choose Custom Order. (Custom is basically your manual sorting.) Both of these are the default sort orders for these types of albums.
And that’s all there is to the sort feature in Photos! It takes only a few seconds to arrange your items in the order you’d like them.
Being able to sort in albums in Photos is a basic feature but one that’s been missing. Are you happy that a sort option has been added? Let us know in the comments below.
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A Facebook Group is a place for group communication, letting people share their common interests and express their opinions. Groups let people come together around a common cause, issue, or activity to organize, express objectives, discuss issues, post photos, and share related content. Anybody can create and manage a Facebook Group, and you can even join up to 6,000 other Groups.
Groups, as discussed below, are not the same as private group messaging used in Facebook Messenger.
Quick Facts About Facebook Groups
Here are some short tidbits on how Facebook Groups work:
- Any Facebook user can make a group.
- Some groups let anyone join, but others might be private.
- When joining a group, whether private or public, your Facebook friends might see that you’ve joined it.
- Some groups are secret and can’t be searched for, in which case a qualifying group member has to invite you.
- Leaving a group will not notify the other members.
- Only the creator of the group, and anyone they make an admin, has the power to invite someone to a group.
- You can create events, upload pictures and videos, and share files within a group.
- Groups can be deleted by removing all the members.
- Group admins can invite people to become Group Experts; experts have a badge next to their name and can help spread credible information to the group.
Facebook Pages vs. Groups
Groups on Facebook have undergone changes since they were first implemented. There was a time when a user’s groups would appear on their own personal page. So, if you were in a group called “Football Fans,” everyone who could see your profile would know this about you.
Now, however, those types of open forums are known as Facebook Pages, created by companies, celebrities, and brands to engage with their audience and post interesting content. Only administrators of Pages can post to the account, while those who like the Page can comment on any posts and pictures.
You use your personal profile to engage with other Page users and group members. Whenever you post something, you’re posting with your Facebook profile’s name and photo.
Unlike Facebook Pages, which are always public, a Facebook Group doesn’t have to be. Many Facebook Groups are closed; you submit a request to join the group and have access when an admin approves you. Only other members of a private group can see your posts, questions, and comments. (More on this below)
On the other hand, if you comment on or like a Page, all of your information will be available to anyone on Facebook who looks at that Page.
So, if someone were to visit the NFL on CBS Facebook Page, they could see anyone who was commenting on a photo or discussing an article. This could cause some privacy concerns, especially if you don’t have a solid understanding of how to use Facebook’s privacy settings to protect your personal profile.
Closed Facebook Groups
A Group can be more private than a Page because the creator has the option to make it closed. When a group is closed, only those invited to the Group can see the content and information shared within it.
An example of a Facebook Group might be team members working on a project together and want to communicate with one another more efficiently. By creating a Group, the team is given a private forum to share ideas on the project and post updates, just like with a Page.
Still, all information is shared only with those within the group once it’s made closed. Others will still be able to see that the group exists, but they won’t be able to see its members or any posts or information within the closed Group unless they are invited.
Secret Facebook Groups
Even more private than the closed Group is the secret group. This type of group is exactly what you would expect it to be: secret. Nobody on Facebook can see a secret group other than those in the group.
This group will not appear anywhere on your profile, and only those within the group can see who the members are and what is posted. These groups could be used if you are planning an event that you don’t want somebody to know about, or if you just want a secure platform to talk with friends.
Another example might be a family who wants to share pictures and news on Facebook but without other friends seeing everything.
Public Facebook Groups
The third privacy setting for a Group is public, meaning that anyone can see who is in the group and what has been posted. Still, only members of the group can post within it.
Networking: Groups vs. Pages
Another way groups are different from Pages is that they work on smaller networks than the entire Facebook network. You can limit your group to the network for your college, high school, or company, as well as make it a group for members of any network.
A Page can accumulate as many likes as possible. Facebook doesn’t set a limit on the number of group members you can have, but after a group reaches 5,000 people, there are some restrictions put into place, such as admins not being able to send one message to all group members.
Once inside the group, you can choose to sort by most recent posts or most recent activity. If a Facebook group has fewer than 250 people, group members can see how many times the post has been viewed. After a group exceeds 250 members, this feature is disabled.
Another difference between joining a group and liking a Page is the number of notifications that you receive. When in a group, you can set your notification preferences to be alerted every time there’s a post in the group or when a friend posts, or you can turn off notifications.
With a Page, however, you’ll be notified when someone likes your comment or tags you in a comment, much like with regular comments and likes on Facebook.
A unique feature only offered in Pages is Page Insights. This allows the Page administrators to see what activity the Page has been receiving during a period of time, even in a graphical representation.
This is just one of the many ways Facebook Pages allow you to monitor the audience and how well your product or message is being received. These analytics are not offered, or needed, in Groups because they’re meant to communicate with a small, select number of people rather than a wide-scale audience.
Groups have unique features, as well, including the admin’s ability to designate members as Group Experts. Experts have a badge next to their name so group members can pay particular intention to informative posts. Admins and Group Experts can collaborate on Q&A sessions, address concerns, respond to questions, and more.
If you have more than a screenful of apps on your iPhone, you should arrange them to have the ones you use most on your home screen. That way you don’t have to swipe through your screens to find your favorite apps. If you take the time to organize your apps, then your most-used apps can be ready to go when you unlock your iPhone.
But getting those apps onto your home screen can be frustrating. Organizing your apps can be difficult and take more time than you want to spend. You may give up and just accept that you’ll have to scroll through screens to find your favorite apps.
What Could Go Wrong?
There are many ways to go wrong when you try to move the apps on your iPhone. Sometimes when you try to move an app from one screen to another, you end up layering it on top of another app creating an unwanted folder.
Or you may need to move an app over many screens to get it to the home screen, potentially rearranging apps on each screen as you go.
Or you may slide an app to the edge of a screen but it doesn’t move to another screen. Or it moves too many screens.
In other words, by trying to organize your apps you may instead make your phone less organized and make it harder to find the apps you’re looking for.
The Easiest Way to Move an App on Your iPhone or iPad
The good news is that there’s a handy trick to make moving apps between screens and within folders much easier, saving you time and frustration. After you learn this trick, rearranging the apps on your iPhone will take less time, and organizing your apps will be easier.
How to Move Apps on Your iPhone
To move an app on your iPhone, press and hold the app icon. You may see a pop-up screen, depending on what model iPhone you have, or the apps may just wiggle.
If a pop-up screen appears, tap Edit Home Screen.
Press and hold the wiggling icon of the app you want to move.
Drag the app to where you want it to be on that screen. But if you want to move the app to a different screen, use the handy trick that’s described below.
The Handy Trick that Makes Moving Apps Much Easier
Here’s the trick that makes moving apps between screens much easier:
To move an app across different screens, press and hold the wiggling app icon with one finger, and swipe the screen with a different finger. While still pressing the app icon with one finger, keep swiping with the other finger until you’ve arrived at the screen where you want the app to be.
Then lift your finger from the app icon to place it there. You can repeat this process until you’ve rearranged all of the apps you’d like to move to different screens.
To finish the process, either swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home button, depending on what model iPhone you have. In just a short time you can move your favorite apps to your home screen and move less-used apps off of your home screen.
Tip => Place your iPhone on a surface such as a tabletop so you can press and hold the app with the finger of one hand while swiping using a finger on the other hand.
Moving an App within a Folder
This trick of using two fingers works both with moving an app between screens and moving an app within a folder. If you have a folder that has more than one page of apps, you may want to rearrange apps within the folder so your favorite apps appear on the first page of the folder.
You can use this two-finger trick to move an app between pages of a folder. Move a wiggling app icon by pressing it with your finger, while using a different finger to swipe between the pages of an app folder.
How to Find an App on Your Phone
Sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, we can make mistakes when moving apps. Maybe we get interrupted, drop our phone, or lift our finger accidentally when trying to move an app between screens. The next thing you know, you’ve moved the app but can’t find where it landed.
If you can’t find an app on your phone, swipe down from the home screen to reveal the search bar. Type in the name of the app. Your search results will include the apps you have on your phone that match the name of the app you’re searching for.
If the app is in a folder, the name of the folder will show in the search results.
Tap the app icon in the search results to open the app.
You can also ask Siri to open the app. Say, “Hey, Siri. Open Camera” for example.
Do you keep your favorite apps on your Home Page on your iPhone? Have you ever been frustrated in trying to move apps between screens on your iPhone? Did you know about this handy trick to move apps between screens more easily? Have you ever had difficulty finding an app on your iPhone?
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How to create and manage widgets on your iPhone or iPad
You can set up and control widgets to quickly access key apps and information on your Apple device.
For the latest version of iOS (and iPadOS), Apple has beefed up the widget feature with more options and greater flexibility. You can now more easily add and remove widgets, change their size and layout, and move them from one spot to another. Let’s see how this works.
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First, make sure you’re running the latest version of iOS/iPadOS on your device. Go to Settings and then General and then Software Update. Download and install the latest update if prompted.
Swipe all the way to the right until you see the widgets screen with individual widgets for calendar, weather, news, and other apps. Swipe down the screen and tap the Edit button. Review the widgets and tap the minus symbol for any you don’t wish to keep. Confirm the deletion (Figure A).
To add other widgets, tap the plus symbol at the top of the screen. Swipe down the list of potential widgets. Tap one that you want to add. Many widgets offer a choice of different layouts and sizes. Swipe through the available choices until you find the one you like and then tap the button to Add Widget. Continue with this process until you’ve added the widgets you want to see. Tap Done when finished (Figure B).
To add widgets from even more apps, swipe down the screen, tap Edit and then tap Customize. Tap the plus symbol next to a widget to insert it at the bottom of the widgets screen (Figure C).
Tap a widget to open the corresponding app. In some cases, you may be able to choose different information from a single widget. For example, the widget for Yelp displays four icons you can select—Search, Restaurants, Coffee & Tea, and Bars (Figure D).
To further revise your widgets, press down on a specific one. You should see at least two options—one to remove the widget and another to edit your home screen so you can remove or rearrange multiple widgets and apps. In some cases, a widget may present a third option to edit the widget. In that event, you can modify the information presented by the widget. For example, you can tweak the Notes widget to display notes from a different folder or the Weather widget to display the weather for a different city (Figure E).
Next, you can change the location of certain widgets. Tap the Edit button. Then hold down and drag any widget to its new spot. You can even place one widget on top of another and then swipe through the same spot to see each one. Continue until the widgets are displayed in your preferred order. Tap Done when finished (Figure F).
To move or remove any widgets you’ve added from the complete list, tap the Edit button and then Customize. At the Add Widgets screen, press down on the hamburger icon next to a widget you wish to move and then raise or lower it in the list. To remove a widget at this screen, tap its minus symbol. Tap Done when finished (Figure G).
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FaceTime is Apple’s video calling app installed in its Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
FaceTime is like Google Hangouts or Zoom , but it only works between Apple devices, so you can’t FaceTime your friend with an Android or PC. For this reason, it’s good to have access to other platforms.
But it doesn’t matter which Apple device you use to hop on a FaceTime call. Users of iPhone, iPad, and Mac can all join the same chats because the app is basically the same across all platforms.
Starting a group call on FaceTime takes only a few seconds, or minutes, depending on how many people you are adding to the call; groups can be as large as 32 devices. You can also join an existing group FaceTime call.
How to start a group FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Group FaceTime calls are easier to start than group audio calls because you can call everyone at once instead of having to wait while merging calls.
- Open FaceTime.
- Tap the plus sign “+” icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
To start a new call, tap the plus sign. Vivian McCall/Insider
Search for your friend’s names in your address book or enter the number in the search field.
How to start a group FaceTime with members of an existing group chat
Open your Messages app and go to your group chat.
Tap the participants at the top of the screen and hit the FaceTime icon.
How to add people to a FaceTime call that’s already started
Tap the screen so a menu appears at the bottom of the screen.
Swipe up on this menu to make it larger, and find the “Add Person” option. It’ll be under the list of people already on the call.
Once you’ve found them, tap their name and then the green “Add Person to FaceTime” button. They’ll receive an invite immediately.
How to start a group FaceTime on Mac
If your Mac and iPhone use the same Apple ID, all calls made to your number are answerable on either device. All you have to do is open FaceTime on your computer, click “Preferences” and check the box next to “Calls from iPhone.”
If you’re a Mac user, we recommend syncing your phone’s address book to your computer. That way you won’t have to manually enter two or more phone numbers when starting a call.
- Open FaceTime.
- Search for your friend’s names or enter their numbers into the search field.
- Click “Audio” or “Video” to start the call.
How to add people to a FaceTime call that’s already started on Mac
Hover your mouse over the FaceTime window so buttons appear at the bottom, and click the leftmost button.
A menu will appear from the left side of the window. Click “Add Person” under the list of current participants.
Find the person (or people) you want to add using their name, phone number, or email, and then click the green “Add” button. They’ll be called immediately.
How to join a group FaceTime
If a contact starts a group FaceTime, there are a few ways to join the call:
- Once someone has called, you can tap the notification on your lock screen to join.
- If the call has been made in a group message, you can tap the join icon that appears in your chat.
- You can join the call in FaceTime by opening the app and pressing the green video chat icon.
Arrange your iPhone apps by task, location, or color
What to Know
- To rearrange an app, tap and hold it, drag it to a new location, and drop it.
- Create multiple Home screen pages by dragging an app or folder to the right and tapping the Home button to save the new page.
This article explains how to rearrange apps and folders on iOS 4 through iOS 12.
How to Rearrange Apps and Folders on an iPhone
One of the easiest ways to customize an iPhone is to rearrange the apps and folders on the Home screen. Apple sets a default, but that arrangement doesn’t work for most people, so change your Home screen to fit how you use your iPhone. Store apps in folders, put your favorites on the Home screen so you can easily access them, and rearrange your apps and folders. Because the iPod Touch runs the same operating system, you can use these tips to customize it, too. To rearrange the iPhone’s screen apps:
Tap and hold an app until the app icons shake.
Drag the app icon to a new location on the screen. Rearrange apps in whatever order you want, but there can’t be an empty space between apps.
To move an icon to a new screen, drag the icon to the right or left side, then release the icon when a new screen appears.
When the icon is in the place you want it, take your finger off the screen.
To save the changes, swipe up from the bottom of the screen in iPhone X or press the Home button in earlier iPhone versions.
You can also choose the apps that appear in the dock at the bottom of the iPhone screen. Rearrange those apps the same way you rearrange apps on the Home screen. Or, replace apps with new ones by dragging the old ones out and new ones in while the apps are shaking. The dock is visible on all Home screen pages, so fill it with your most frequently used apps for convenience.
Create iPhone Folders
You can store iPhone apps or web clips in folders, which is a handy way to keep the Home screen neat, or store similar apps together. In iOS 6 and earlier, each folder could contain up to 12 apps on the iPhone and 20 apps on the iPad. In iOS 7 and later, that number is virtually unlimited.
Create an iPhone folder by dragging one shaking app on top of another. Then drag other apps to the folder and assign a name. Rearrange folders the same way as apps. Just press until they shake, then use drag and drop.
Create Multiple Home Screen Pages for Apps and Folders
Most people have dozens of apps on their iPhones. If all of these apps were in folders on a single screen, it wouldn’t be easy to use. That’s where multiple Home screens come in. Swipe side-to-side to access these other screens called pages.
There are different ways to use Home screen pages. For example, use them as an overflow, so new apps go there, or order them by app type with all music apps on one page and all productivity apps on another. A third approach is to organize pages by location: a page of apps used at work, another for travel, and a third for use at home.
To create a new page:
Tap and hold an app or folder until the screen shakes.
Drag the app or folder to the right side of the screen. It will slide over to a new, blank page, which the iPhone adds automatically.
Release the app so that it moves to the new page.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone X and up) or click the Home button to save the new page.
Scroll Through iPhone Pages
If you have more than one page of apps on your iPhone after rearranging them, scroll through the pages either by flicking them left or right or tapping the white dots above the dock. The white dots indicate the number of pages.
Family Sharing is used to share apps via iCloud across family members’ devices.
It’s easy to join a Family Sharing group — and just as easy to remove your account when it comes time to leave.
While this feature is helpful for sharing purchases and subscriptions (such as Apple Music), you may eventually want to leave or set up a new group. It’s also necessary to leave a group if you are moving and need to change your device’s country settings to match your new residence.
Before leaving, keep in mind that you will immediately lose access to everything shared by your family — including photos, calendars, and more. You can regain access to these shared apps by rejoining the group (if the Organizer adds you back).
The steps to leave Family Sharing are the same whether you access the Settings app on your iPhone or your iPad. If your Apple ID’s payment information is linked to your group’s shared purchases, you can also remove your account online.
Here’s how to do it.
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How to leave Family Sharing on an iPhone or iPad
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on your name at the top of the page.
3. If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later, you can then tap on Family Sharing. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap iCloud, followed by Family. Either way will bring you to your Family Sharing details. This will list all of the current family members in the group, along with the Shared Features you have enabled.
4. Tap your name.
5. Tap “Leave Family.”
6. You will be asked if you are sure you’d like to leave the group and are warned that you will immediately lose access to everything currently shared by family members. Tap “Leave Family” again to confirm.
How to leave Family Sharing on the Apple ID website
1. If your Apple ID is currently used for family group shared purchases, you can also manually remove your account online.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID and password for the account you want to remove.
4. You may be sent a verification code for security reasons. Enter this code if prompted.
5. Tap the “Family Sharing” tab to open your details.
The loading and flawed working of Facebook has been pretty common issues on the iPhone. Numerous users facing the problem reached out to us via different mediums and complained about it. Thankfully, it is something that can be successfully addressed. In this tutorial, we bring you possible solutions that will help you to fix Facebook not working issue on the iPhone and iPad.
1. Quit and Relaunch the App
The first thing we usually try when Facebook stops working is to pull down the app screen page to refresh it. In case this does not work, the next solution is to quit and relaunch the Facebook app.
To force quit an app, on iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On iPhone with Home button, quickly double press it. You are now in the app switcher. Drag the Facebook app card up to close it. After a few seconds, launch the app again.
2. Fix Internet Connectivity Issues
At times this could be due to Wi-Fi or cellular data issues. To check this, open Safari and visit a website.
Does it load? If yes, perfect! If not, switch off and on Wi-Fi or mobile data on your iPhone. Also, consider restarting your Wi-Fi router. Here are our detailed resources on fixing Wi-Fi and mobile data connectivity issues in case you need more help.
If you are on cellular data, it is essential to check whether it’s enabled for Facebook or not. To do this, launch the Settings app → Cellular → under CELULAR DATA, make sure the toggle for Facebook is enabled.
Are you using a VPN? If yes, please disable it. Facebook (like many other sites) might not be accessible on certain VPNs.
3. Check Restrictions for Facebook
Screen Time makes it possible to impose a time limit and other kinds of restrictions on apps. Since Facebook is not working appropriately, let us invest a quick moment to confirm that it’s not restricted.
- Open the Settings app and tap on Screen Time.
- Tap on App Limits and ensure that Facebook is not added here.
- If it is, tap on it and finally tap on Delete Limit.
- Now, tap on 4. Check Facebook Update
Facebook brings new app updates frequently. And in each of these, the social media giant tries to address bugs and improve the overall experience. To fix the working issue, you must get the latest version.
To update an app on iPhone, long press on the App Store icon and tap on Updates. Next, tap on UPDATE next to Facebook.
5. Clear History and Website Data
Are you facing trouble while using Facebook on Safari or any other iOS browser? Deleting the history and website data will do the trick.
We have a step-by-step guide that shows you how to clear history for Safari on the iPhone and iPad. For other browsers, tap on the in-app settings button and look for History → Clear Browsing Data.
6. Delete and Reinstall Facebook App
Once you delete an app, it removes the associated data, and after reinstalling, everything starts afresh. As Facebook is not working, let us try this solution as well.
- Press on the Facebook app icon from the Home screen and tap on Delete App → Delete.
- Now, press on the App Store icon, and tap on Search. Type ‘Facebook‘ and tap on the download icon.
- Once the download completes, log in to the app again.
7. Restart your iPhone or iPad
One solution for fixing several technical problems, on any device, that’s often overlooked is – restart! It involves easy steps and solves the issue without much fiddling around.
To fix the ongoing Facebook working problems, go ahead and restart your iPhone. After this, the issue may no longer continue to trouble.
8. Update your iOS Version
Finally, if nothing helps, update your iPhone. It will ensure better compatibility with Facebook (and other apps). Consequently, the ongoing working issues may be successfully taken care of.
I sincerely hope you were able to figure out a positive way out of the Facebook problem by following the solutions above. Let us know which one worked for you.
Unfortunately, if the problem still exists, report it to Facebook.
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Is the storage full on your iOS device? Here’s how to figure out what’s taking up the most space on your iPhone and iPad so you can decide what to delete.
How much space is left on your iOS device? Do you hit a wall whenever you try to update your OS or download new apps? What’s the best way to move files you want to keep in order to free up space? And how can you make smart decisions about what to keep and what to delete? Follow these few simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a less overloaded, more organized iPhone or iPad.
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Check Your Total Usage
First, assess how much space you have. Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage. At the top, you’ll see a color-coded bar chart that outlines how much space certain categories of apps are taking up on your device.
You don’t need to understand these numbers deeply. To update iOS, you’ll want to have up to 6GB of free space. If you simply want to have enough free space so you can take new photos and install new apps without worrying about hitting an obstacle, give yourself at least 2GB of free space.
Note that when you add your available space and the used space, they won’t add up to the total size of your phone’s storage. That’s because it doesn’t factor in the space being used by the operating system.
Find Apps Taking Up the Most Space
If you continue to scroll down under Storage, you’ll see a list of all your apps, in order of how much space they consume.
Select any app, and a new page shows the usage in two parts: the amount of space the app itself uses (in light gray at the top) and the space used by the app’s data and documents. For example, the Podcasts app shown takes up 1.63GB total: 25.3MB for the app and 1.6GB for documents and data (that’s all those podcasts).
Sometimes, this information helps you see that it’s not the app that takes up space, but rather what you store in it. In this case, you can see that podcast episodes and photo-heavy Messages are taking up the bulk of the space on the device. In the case of podcasts, episodes can be quickly deleted from this menu by swiping left.
Target Apps You Don’t Use
On that device storage page, look for apps you don’t use.Tap them and select Delete App. Any purchased app is always available to re-download again at no extra charge from the App Store.
To delete apps from the home screen, place your finger on an app you want to delete and hold. Apps will start to wiggle and a small minus symbol appears on each icon. Tap it, and confirm to delete. To stop the wiggling, press the home button on devices that have it or tap Done on the top right for those that do not.
If you want to temporarily disable an app without deleting its settings, like when you have to free up space to install an iOS update, Apple lets you offload them. They’ll remain on your home screen, but you’ll need to tap to re-download to get back in. Find the app on the storage list, tap it, and select Offload App.
You can also set up the automatic removal of apps you don’t use often. Go to Settings > App Store > Offload Unused Apps and toggle it on.
Check Your Photo and Video Use
The Photos app often takes up a lot more space than people realize, so let’s deal with that app directly. Under Settings > General > [device] Storage, find Photos to see how much storage it’s using. If you have more than 1GB here, you should consider copying photos and videos to a cloud storage service so you can delete them from your device.
If you have a Google account, an easy option here is Google Photos. Download the app, sign in, and tap your account icon on the top right. Select Google Photos Settings > Back up & sync and toggle Back Up & Sync to on. Make sure Google Photos has access to Photos (Settings > Google Photos > Photos > All Photos) and then, every photo you take with your device will be automatically backed up to Google Photos when you’re online and accessible across your devices and on the web.
Google used to offer unlimited photo storage via Google Photos, but that deal is dead, so plan accordingly as photo and video uploads count against your Google account storage. If you’re a Prime member, Amazon Photos still offers unlimited uploads; here are a few more alternatives.
Once iPhone photos have been uploaded to your cloud service of choice, double- and triple-check that they’re there and then delete them from the Photos app. Google Photos will even delete them for you as they get uploaded, if you trust that option. Then navigate to Albums > Recently Deleted. Tap Select, and then at the bottom tap Delete All. If you skip that last step, you won’t free up any space for a month, as your iOS device hangs on to deleted photos for 30 days, just in case you change your mind.
You can also choose to keep lower-resolution photos on your phone while allowing the full-resolution ones to remain in iCloud. Go to Settings > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage and make sure it has a checkmark next to it. (iCloud Photos needs to be enabled.)
Wade Out of the Stream
Photo Stream is a seamless way to share photos across iOS devices. Activate it on your Apple devices, and any time they are on the same Wi-Fi network, photos that were taken on one device, like your iPhone, will appear on the others, like your iPad.
It’s a handy feature, but Apple allows (Opens in a new window) up to 25,000 My Photo Stream uploads per month, so it can eat up space. If storing your photos on one device is enough for you, turn Photo Stream off by going to Settings > Photos > My Photo Stream and toggle it off.
Remove Unwanted Music
Multimedia, such as audio tracks and videos, takes up a lot of space. There are two ways to delete audio files and videos in Apple’s own Music app/service.
Go to Settings > General > [device] Storage > Music. At the bottom will be a summary of all the music stored on your phone. Delete albums or tracks you don’t listen to by swiping left. You can also use the Edit button to delete multiple tracks and albums in one shot.
Tab Groups are a new Safari feature introduced in iOS 15 that aim to make organizing and preserving your open browser tabs more manageable without having to have those tabs active.
Tab Groups are a way to easily save and manage related tabs, such as those used when planning trips or shopping, or groups can be used to store the tabs you visit daily.
If you’re planning a trip, for example, you can save all of your tabs into a “Vacation” group, accessing them when needed and leaving your device free for other content when you’re not doing active planning. Or of you have a set of websites you always open up for work, you can save these in a dedicated Tab Group.
You can open up the new tiled tab view in Safari and then long press on the Tabs icon in the middle to save your open tabs into a Tab Group or to open one of your saved Tab Groups. Here’s a rundown of the steps involved.
How to Create a Tab Group
- Launch Safari and tap the Open Tabs button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Tap or long press the middle of the tab bar at the bottom of the screen.
Once you’ve created a Tab Group (or several) you can switch between them easily by tapping the Tab bar in the open tabs view and selecting the one you want. Any tabs that are opened when a Tab Group is selected will automatically be included in that group.
How to Delete a Tabs Group
When you no longer need a Tab Group, it’s easy to delete it. Here’s how.
- In you’re viewing a webpage, tap the Open Tabs button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Tap the middle of the tab bar at the bottom of the screen.
All of your Tab Groups sync across your devices so you can access them on iPhones and iPads running iOS and iPadOS 15 as well as on Macs running macOS Monterey.
Clean up your home screen without deleting apps
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If you get annoyed with the number of apps that crowd your iPhone’s home screen, you probably welcomed a feature that came with iOS 14: the App Library, which gathers all of your apps into various categories and displays them on a separate page to the right of your home pages.
How to use iOS 14’s App Library to organize your apps
The App Library doesn’t only add some automatic organization to your iPhone’s home pages, but allows you to clean up your home screen by hiding as many apps as you want. You can keep your favorites front and center, and get the more utilitarian or less-used apps out of the way. (In fact, one way to keep a clean screen is to have all your newly-installed apps appear in your App Library only — we offer directions on how to do that here.)
If you want to organize your current apps by hiding some of them, there are several ways to do it. You can remove individual apps from the home screen, you can hide an entire screen of apps, or you can organize several apps by putting them into a folder.
Hide a single app
Long-press on an app and select “Remove App”
Select “Remove from Home Screen”
To hide individual apps:
- Press on your selected app until a menu appears. The menu will include a number of options, depending on the app’s features (for example, if I press on an app for Microsoft Teams, the menu will let me make a new call or start a chat). But you will always get an option (in red) to remove the app. Tap on that.
- You will now have the choice of deleting the app from the phone or removing it from the home screen. Select the latter. You’ll still find the app in the App Library.
- If the app is not already in the App Library, then after you tap “Remove App,” you will instead be given the choice of either deleting the app or moving it to the App Library.
Hide a page of apps
Long-press the screen and tap the series of dots at the bottom
Uncheck the screen that you want to hide
You can also hide an entire page of apps — and get rid of that page — at one blow if you want. And since it’s really easy to also restore that same page, it’s a great way to hide groups of apps that you only use occasionally.
- Tap and hold on an empty part of your screen until the apps begin to jiggle
- Tap on the dots at the bottom of the screen
- You’ll now be able to see small versions of all your screens (except the App Library and Today View). Beneath each visible screen is a checkmark; uncheck any screen you want to hide and tap “Done” in the upper right corner.
- To “unhide” any of the screens, follow these same directions and replace the checkmark of the screen that you want to see again.
Use folders to organize apps
Move one app on top of another to create a gray folder
Open the folder to access the apps
You can use folders on the home screen to gather similar apps together and save space. You won’t be completely hiding the apps — they’ll be there. But they’ll be consolidated in a single space.
It’s very simple to create a folder:
- Long-press on an app in the home screen until the icons jiggle
- Move the app onto one of the other apps you want to group it with
- You’ll now have a gray icon that contains the icons for the apps in the folder. Tap on the icon to open the folder and access the apps in it.
- iOS will assign a name to the folder depending on what apps you’ve put in it. To change the name, long-press on the folder, and select “Rename” from the pop-up menu. Then type in the new name.
Long-press on the folder to rename or remove it
You can rename it anything you like