The quickest way to rearrange apps and folders on your iPhone used to be with iTunes. It was easy to view all your Home Screens at once and use a mouse to drag and drop apps where you want them.
But Apple removed this feature with its changes to iTunes 12.7.
If you’re looking for another way to rearrange apps on your iPhone or iPad using a computer without iTunes, we’ve got you covered. We’ll show you how to use Configurator 2 to get the job done when iTunes isn’t an option. We’ll also show you the best tips for rearranging apps using the iPhone itself.
- Use Configurator 2 to rearrange iPhone apps without iTunes
- Quick tips to rearrange iPhone apps without iTunes
- Reset the Home Screen to its default layout
- Problems with 3D Touch or Haptic Touch
- You can now use Quick Actions and Peek on any iPhone or iPad running iOS 13
- How to delete and rearrange apps on your Home Screen for iPhone or Pad
- How to use your iPad Dock in iOS11+
- iTunes 12.7, what you should know
Use Configurator 2 to rearrange iPhone apps without iTunes
Apple may have removed the Apps function from iTunes—and it was never an option when syncing your iPhone using Finder—but you can still rearrange apps using Configurator 2.
This is an app that Apple designed for adding profiles to multiple Apple devices at once. It’s mostly intended for businesses that need to configure several iPhones or iPads with the same apps and settings. But you can also use it to rearrange your iPhone or iPad apps without iTunes.
Configurator 2 is available to download for free from the Mac App Store, but unfortunately it’s only available for Mac. At the bottom of this article, we’ll show you tips you can use to quickly rearrange apps on the iPhone itself in case Configurator 2 isn’t an option for you.
Download: Configurator 2 for macOS (Free)
How to use Configurator 2 to rearrange iPhone or iPad apps
- Download and install Configurator 2 from the Mac App Store. Then open the app, Accept the Terms and Conditions, and click Get Started.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac using a USB cable, then double-click it from the All Devices section in Configurator 2. You may need to unlock your device and choose to Trust this computer first.
- After selecting your iPhone or iPad, open the Actions option from the menu bar and go to Modify > Home Screen Layout.
- Wait for Configurator 2 to fetch your Home Screen layout, then click and drag to rearrange your apps. You can create folders, change the Dock, or add apps to a new Home Screen.
- After rearranging your apps, click Apply to make Configurator 2 transfer that app layout on your connected iPhone or iPad.
Quick tips to rearrange iPhone apps without iTunes
If you can’t use Configurator 2, the only other way to rearrange apps on your iPhone without iTunes is to do so on the device itself.
To rearrange apps on your iPhone or iPad Home Screen, tap and hold on an app and choose to Edit Home Screen from the quick action menu that appears. Now you can drag and drop apps wherever you want them.
If that feels too slow for you, use these tips to speed things up.
1. Tap and drag to edit the Home Screen immediately
Rather than waiting for a quick action menu to appear, tap and hold on an app but start moving after a brief pause. If you time this right, your iPhone or iPad immediately enters Jiggle mode, which lets you edit the Home Screen, without waiting for the quick action menu to appear.
In iOS 14 and later, you can also enter Jiggle mode immediately by tapping and holding in a blank space on the Home Screen.
2. Move lots of apps at the same time
When you want to move several apps to the same place, you don’t have to do so one by one. Instead, you can pick up all the apps at once and drop them on a new Home Screen or in a folder at the same time.
To do so, start moving a single app, then keep your finger held down and use another finger to tap the other apps you want to move.
As you add more apps with your second finger, a counter appears to show how many apps you’ve picked up together. Move to a new Home Screen or into a folder and lift your finger off the screen to drop all the apps at once.
3. Hide any Home Screens you don’t need
With iOS 14 and later, Apple added the ability to hide Home Screens you don’t need anymore. This doesn’t delete any apps because you can still open anything from the App Library, which you can find by swiping left past your last Home Screen.
Hiding Home Screens is one of several Home Screen features Apple added to the iPhone with iOS 14.
To hide a Home Screen, tap and hold in a blank space on the Home Screen to enter Jiggle mode. Now tap the Home Screen dots at the bottom of the screen to view all your Home Screens at once.
Tap on the available Home Screens to hide or unhide them.
Reset the Home Screen to its default layout
If you want to go back to the default Home Screen, the quickest way to rearrange your iPhone apps—even if iTunes was still an option—is to reset your Home Screen settings.
This doesn’t delete any data from your iPhone. It simply reverts your Home Screen to the default layout set by Apple. Every third-party app on your iPhone then appears alphabetically after the stock Apple apps.
To reset your Home Screen layout, go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Home Screen Layout.
Problems with 3D Touch or Haptic Touch
You might struggle to rearrange your iPhone or iPad Home Screen if there are problems with 3D Touch or Haptic Touch on your device. This could cause the quick action menu to pop up when it shouldn’t.
Go to Settings > Accessibility > 3D & Haptic Touch to adjust your settings. You might want to make Haptic Touch act faster. Or you could make 3D Touch more sensitive to lighter pressure.
To find out more about Haptic Touch and how you can use it to rearrange apps on your iPhone screen, take a look at our guide to Haptic Touch on the iPhone.