How to Organize Your iPhone 4's Icons into Folders - dummies

How to Organize Your iPhone 4’s Icons into Folders

Finding the single iPhone app you want to use among a sea of apps is a daunting task. But iPhone’s iOS 4 allows you to organize your icons into folders. The Folders feature enables you to create folder icons, each holding up to a dozen apps. For example, you might create folders for Social apps, Photography, Travel, and any number of other categories.


First, decide which apps you want to file into folders. Then do the following:

  1. Hold your finger against an icon until all the icons on the screen jiggle.

    Decide which apps you want to move to a folder.

  2. Drag the icon for the first app on top of the second app.


    The two apps now share living quarters inside a newly created folder. Apple names the folder according to the category of apps inside the folder.

  3. To change the folder name, tap the X in the bar where the folder name appears and enter a new name.

If you ever want to remove a folder, simply drag all the apps outside the folder to make that folder automatically disappear.

Lauching an app that’s inside a folder takes just two taps:

  1. Tap that folder’s icon.

    The folder’s contents appear on the screen.

  2. Tap the icon for the app that you want to open.

    Presto! The app launches.

You can drag apps into and out of any folder, as long as there’s room for them — you can have no more than 12 apps in a folder. But your iPhone can have as many as 180 folders, with a total of 2,160 apps.