Many of us who used iTunes to group and regroup apps into folders and screens are definitely going to miss that functionality in iTunes 12.7 since Apple decided to remove apps from its latest version of iTunes. So if you are an iTunes user and are now asking yourself just how you should re-arrange apps on your iPhone in iOS 11, this article outlines those steps. The good news? You can still group and ungroup your apps into folders on your iPhone by leveraging the drag and drop functionality that’s available with iOS 11.
To get started, go to the home screen of your iPhone by pressing the home button or swiping up from the bottom if you are using the iPhone X.
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Re-Arrange Apps on Your iPhone in iOS 11 Based On Your Preference
Once on the home screen, tap and hold on an app that you want to move. Move this app a little and then you can drag and drop it to your preferred location. When you want to move a group of apps, you don’t have to do it one by one.
Once you have the first app moving, double tap on other apps to add them to this new group.
As you add new apps by tapping with your other hand, you will see the count automatically increase.
Once you have the group of apps that you are ready to move, using your other hand tap to open a folder. You can then drag and drop the group of apps into the folder.
Re-arrange the apps or the folders that you have between the different pages simply by dragging it over across to the right or left of the screen. Add or remove apps to the bottom dock on the home screen based on your preference by dragging in or dragging out.
This does take a little bit of trial and error. Tap and hold the app for too long and you will see the familiar wiggling with the ‘X’ next to the app. It is important to not hit the ‘X’ as you will end up deleting the app.
Seeing Other Option? Using a 3D Touch Enabled iPhone?
If you’re seeing the Share option or a pop-up menu when you tap and hold, try a lighter touch. So tap and hold lightly and you should see the x at the left corner. If that doesn’t work, move your finger more towards the left side of an icon.
You can also adjust the sensitivity of 3D Touch
- Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch
- Use the slider to select a sensitivity level
- Or toggle 3D Touch off on that same screen to eliminate those 3D Touch options
Resetting The Home Screen on Your iPhone
If any point of the exercise, you want to go back to the original home screen that your device shipped with, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout to do this. After the Home screen is reset, you can go back there and try to move things again to your preference.
We haven’t found an easy way to this without the older iTunes. For now, drag and drop functionality in iOS 11 is the best course of action. We would love to hear if you have a better and easier way to arrange apps on your iPhone’s home screen.