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How to customize your home screen on iPhone

The home screen on your iPhone can be completely personalized with apps, folders, wallpaper and more set to your liking.


Many of us load more apps onto our iPhones beyond the ones that come preloaded, like Safari, Photos, Calculator, Clock, Camera and more. These can often span pages and pages of app icons, which can get confusing when trying to find the app you want. You can always swipe down from the center of the screen to open the search box and enter the name of the app you want to find. But it’s a lot easier when you can just click on the icon because you know exactly where it is.


This is where home screen customization comes in. And it’s easy to do on everyone the best iPhones. Note that you can connect your iPhone, including both older models and new ones such as iPhone 14, to a computer and organize apps on the home screen from iTunes. But there’s an easier way to do it while you’re relaxing on the sofa, watching TV or commuting home from work to school on public transport.


How to move apps on the iPhone’s home screen

  1. Start by cleaning up the phone at removing apps you no longer need or want. See our guide on how to uninstall an app on your iPhone for instructions if you don’t know how.
  2. From the first page of your home screen (or any page, for that matter), press and hold anywhere on the screen until you see all the app icons start to tilt. You’ll also see a horizontal line at the top left of each one, which can be used to quickly remove it. (Be careful not to accidentally tap this and accidentally remove an app you still want. If you do, just go back to the App Store and reload it. Don’t worry: your data won’t be lost! ) OR
  3. Alternatively, long press any app and select Edit home screen.

  4. Place your finger on the app icon and drag it to where you want it on the page.
  5. To move an app to another page, drag it to the edge of the screen right or left and wait. After approx. a second, the home screen will turn to the next page where you can position it accordingly.

  6. To move an app to the Dock on the bottom, which fits up to four, repeat step 2 or 3, then drag an app that’s currently there to the main home screen, then drag the new one you want to the Dock.

How to Create Folders on the iPhone Home Screen

  1. Then, to place apps together in neat folders, follow step 2 drag one app icon on top of the other you want to group together. Apple will either intelligently name this folder or one will pop up for you to name. (You can also go into the folder and rename it at any time).
  2. To remove a foldertap and hold that folder and select Remove Folder.
  3. To remove an app from that folder, repeat step 2, open the folder, and then drag one of the apps anywhere outside the folder box. If there are only two apps, the folder disappears completely. If there are more than two apps, the app you selected will simply be removed from the folder and placed alone.

How to move multiple apps at once on the iPhone home screen

  • You can move app icons in batches, with several at once. Follow step 2 or 3 above on how to move apps.
  • As the app icons swing, select one of the apps you want to move and start moving it.
  • At the same time, use another finger and tap the other apps you also want to move. They will stack on top of the first app, with a number appearing at the top left to indicate how many apps have been selected.
  • Once you have selected them all, keep pulling them where you want them.
  • Apps now appear where you want them.

Another way to customize your home screen is to add your own image as wallpaper. See our guide on How to change wallpaper on iPhone for simple how-to instructions to complete your home screen customization. When you swipe left from the first page of your home screen, you’ll also open the Today convenience screen, where you can further customize the look with a variety of widgets of your choice. Learn how to add and change widgets.

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