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How to Put Icons in One File Box on an iPhone

by Joshua Mcgee

When Apple first released the iPhone in 2007, it was not necessary to organize apps into folders because few were available and 11 screens was plenty of room for most users. However, by 2011 Apple had registered over 10 billion app downloads, demonstrating the need for Apple to provide a way for users to organize their apps. With the release of iOS 4, Apple announced folder capabilities. Folders allow you to organize your apps into groups containing up to 12 apps. This allows you to place all of your games in one folder, all of your utilities in another folder, all of your financial apps in another folder and so on. You can have up to 176 different folders.

On iPhone

Step 1

Press and hold down any icon for about five seconds until the icons begin to wiggle.

Step 2

Drag the icon of the app that you want to move on top of another app. If the folder already exists, drag the app on top of the existing folder.

Step 3

Rename the folder if desired. The iPhone automatically adds a name based on the category of the app. Tap on the "X" and type in the desired name.

Press the "Home" button when you are finished reorganizing the apps.

In iTunes

Step 1

Connect the iPhone to the computer and open iTunes.

Step 2

Click on the iPhone under "Devices." Then click on "Apps."

Step 3

Select the icon of the app that you want to move and drag it on top of another app. If the folder already exists, drag the app on top of the existing folder.

Step 4

Rename the folder if desired. iTunes automatically adds a name based on the category of the app. Click on the "X" and type in the desired name.

Click "Apply" and iTunes will begin syncing with the iPhone and organize the apps according to the settings in iTunes.

Items you will need

  • iPhone 3G or higher
  • iPhone iOS 4 or higher

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