How to Combine & Group Apple iPhone Apps

by Steve Gregory
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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.

Step 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.

Step 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."

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

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

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

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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