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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

Customizing Your Home Screens

You see and use the Home screens constantly, so it’s a good idea to customize them to your preferences.

In the background of the Lock screen and every Home screen is the wallpaper image. In the section called “Setting the Wallpaper on the Home and Lock Screens,” you learn how to configure your iPhone’s wallpaper in both locations.

As you know, you access apps on your Home screens by tapping them; the Home screens come configured with icons in default locations. You can change the location of these icons to be more convenient for you. As you install more apps on your iPhone, it’s a good idea to organize your Home screens so that you can quickly get to the apps you use most frequently. You can move icons around the same screen, move icons between the pages of the Home screen, and organize icons within folders. You can even change the icons that appear on the Home screen Dock. You also can delete icons that you no longer need.

Moving Icons Around Your Home Screens

You can move icons around on a Home screen, and you can move icons among screens to change where they are located.

  • 1.jpg If you aren’t already on one, move to a Home screen.

  • 2.jpg Swipe to the left or right across the Home screen until the page containing an icon you want to move appears.

  • 3.jpg Touch (don’t tap because if you do, the app opens instead) and hold on any icon. After a moment, the Quick Actions menu appears.

  • 4.jpg Tap Rearrange Apps. The icons begin jiggling, which indicates that you can move icons on the Home screens. You also see the Delete icons (x) in the upper-left corner of some icons, which indicates that you can delete both the icon and app (more on this later in this section).

  • 5.jpg Touch and hold an icon you want to move; it becomes darker to show that you’ve selected it.

  • 6.jpg Drag the icon to a new location on the current screen; as you move the icon around the page, other icons separate and are reorganized to enable you to place the icon in its new location.

  • 7.jpg When the icon is in the location you want, lift your finger. The icon is set in that place. (You don’t have to be precise; the icon automatically snaps into the closest position when you lift your finger off the screen.)

  • 8.jpg Tap and hold on an icon you want to move to a different page.

  • 9.jpg Drag the icon to the left edge of the screen to move it to a previous page or to the right edge of the screen to move it to a later page. As you reach the edge of the screen, you move to the previous or next page.

  • 10.jpg Drag the icon to its location on the new Home screen and lift your finger off the icon.

  • 11.jpg Continue moving icons until you’ve placed them in the locations you want; then tap Done (X models) or press the Touch ID/Home button (non-X models). The icons are locked in their current positions, they stop jiggling, and the Delete icons disappear.

Creating and Naming Folders to Organize Apps on Your Home Screens

You can place icons into folders and name these folders to keep them organized and to make more icons available on the same page. To create a folder, do the following:

  • 1.jpg Move to the Home screen containing icons you want to place in a folder.

  • 2.jpg Touch and hold an icon until the Quick Action menu appears.

  • 3.jpg Tap Rearrange Apps. The icons start jiggling; the Delete icons (x) appear on most icons.

  • 4.jpg Drag one icon on top of another one that you want to be in the new folder together.

  • 5.jpg When the first icon is on top of the second and a folder appears, lift your finger. The two icons are placed into the new folder, which is named based on the type of icons you place within it. The folder opens and you see its default name.

  • 6.jpg To delete the current name so you can create a completely new name, tap Delete (x); if you want to keep all or part of the current name, skip this step.

  • 7.jpg Change the default name for the folder or type a completely new name if you deleted the previous one.

  • 8.jpg Tap done.

  • 9.jpg Tap outside the folder to close it.

  • 10.jpg If you’re done organizing the Home screens, tap Done (X models) or press the Touch ID/Home button (non-X models). The icons are locked into place and stop jiggling.

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Placing Icons in Existing Folders

You can add icons to an existing folder like so:

  • 1.jpg Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to place in a folder.

  • 2.jpg Touch and hold an icon until the Quick Action menu appears. (It doesn’t matter which icon you tap and hold because this starts the screen edit mode and you can get to all the icons once you are in this mode.)

  • 3.jpg Tap Rearrange Apps. The icons start jiggling; Delete icons (x) appear on most apps.

  • 4.jpg Drag the icon you want to place into a folder on top of the folder’s icon; the folder opens. (The icon doesn’t have to be on the same Home screen page; you can drag an icon from one page and drop it on a folder on a different page.)

  • 5.jpg When the folder opens, lift your finger from the screen. The icon is placed within the folder.

  • 6.jpg Drag the new icon to its location within the folder.

  • 7.jpg Tap outside the folder. The folder closes.

  • 8.jpg When you’re done adding icons to folders, tap Done (X models) or press the Touch ID/Home button (non-X models).

Configuring the Home Screen Dock

The Dock on the bottom of the Home screen appears on every page, making accessing those icons quick and easy. You can place any icons on the Dock that you want, including folder icons.

  • 1.jpg Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to place on the Dock.

  • 2.jpg Touch and hold an icon until the Quick Action menu appears.

  • 3.jpg Tap Rearrange Apps. The icons start jiggling; the Delete icons (x) appear on most apps.

  • 4.jpg Drag an icon that is currently on the Dock from the Dock onto the Home screen to create an empty space on the Dock.

  • 5.jpg Drag an icon or folder from the Home screen onto the Dock.

  • 6.jpg Drag the icons on the Dock around so they’re in the order you want them to be.

  • 7.jpg If you’re done organizing the Home screen, tap Done (X models) or press the Touch ID/Home button (non-X models). The icons are locked into place and stop jiggling.

Deleting Icons

You can delete most icons from a Home screen to remove them from your iPhone (there are exceptions as explained in “More on Organizing Home Screens”). When you delete an app’s icon, its data is also deleted and you won’t be able to use the app anymore. (Of course, you can download it again if you change your mind, but the data that the app was using is lost unless it’s stored elsewhere.)

  • 1.jpg Move to the Home screen containing an icon you want to delete.

  • 2.jpg Put the screen in Rearrange mode by touching and holding on an icon and then tapping Rearrange Apps (not shown in the figures).

  • 3.jpg Tap Delete (x) on the app that you want to remove from your phone.

  • 4.jpg Tap Delete. The app and any associated data on your iPhone are deleted.

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