How to Combine & Group Apple iPhone Apps

by Steve Gregory

You can group the apps on your iPhone beyond rearranging them on the device’s screen. IOS has a feature that automatically creates a folder when you combine two or more apps together. Each folder can hold a maximum of 16 apps, and you can rearrange the folders using the same method that you would use to rearrange apps – by dragging them around the screen. Organizing your apps by placing them into folders not only helps you to find your apps faster, but it can declutter your iPhone’s screen.

1

Tap and hold the icon of an app that you want to group with other apps. This action causes all of the apps on the screen to start shaking.

2

Drag the app's icon directly onto another app with a similar function and then release it to create a folder. IOS automatically names the folder based on the type of apps in the folder. For example, if you place a GPS app and a maps app together to create a folder, iOS names the folder "Navigation."

3

Tap "X" in the Name field to erase the current folder name, and then type a new name for the folder.

4

Tap "Done" to save the folder's new name, and then press the "Home" button to place the new folder on the home screen.

5

Tap and hold other apps that you want to place in the folder, and then drag them into the folder.

6

Repeat the steps to create new folders to group other apps that have similar functions.

Tips

  • To remove an app from a folder, open the folder that has the app. Tap and hold the app until it starts shaking and drag it out of the folder. Press the "Home" button.
  • To delete a folder, drag all of the apps out of the folder. The folder automatically deletes when you remove the last app.

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to an iPhone running iOS 6.1. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the operating system.

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An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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