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Organizing Your iPhone 4S Apps with Folders

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Finding the single app you want to use on your iPhone 4S among apps spread out over 11 screens is a daunting task. But Apple felt your pain, and with iOS 4, the company introduced a handy organization tool called Folders. The Folders feature enables you to create folder icons, each holding up to a dozen apps. You can create folders for social apps, photography, travel, and any number of other categories:


To create a folder, press your finger against an icon until all the icons on the screen jiggle. Drag the icon for the first app you want to group on top of the second app. The two apps now share living quarters inside a newly created folder:


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. If you drag all the apps outside a folder, it automatically disappears.

Apple names the folder according to the category of apps inside the folder, but you can easily change the folder name by tapping the X in the bar where the folder name appears and substituting a new name.

To launch an app that’s inside a folder, tap that folder’s icon and then tap the icon for the app that you want to open.

Folders are a great organizational tool. But if you have numerous apps on the phone, it’s a lot easier to create and arrange folders when syncing your phone in iTunes instead of on the phone itself.