How to Build App Folders on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has room for only seven Home screen panels, maximum. Each panel has room for 16 icons. That’s 7 x 16 (or 112) app icons, plus four more icons on the Favorites tray, for 116 total app icons. For some people, that’s just not enough. For those people, or even those who aren’t into cramming apps on the Home screen, there’s an answer, the app folder.

An app folder is simply a collection of two or more apps, both in the same spot on the Home screen. Here is an example of an app folder on the Home screen, shown both closed and open.

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Create a folder by following these steps:

  1. Long-press the Home screen to display the Home Screen menu.

  2. Choose the Folder command.

  3. Type a short, descriptive name for the folder.

    The name should reflect the folder’s contents but also be short enough to fit under the Folder icon on the Home screen.

  4. Touch the OK button.

The folder is created, but it’s empty! Your next task is to drag similar app icons into the folder: Long-press an icon, which can be on any Home screen panel, and then drag it over the folder’s icon. Lift your finger to add that icon to the folder. You can even drag icons from the Applications screen into a folder.

To use the folder, open it: Touch the folder’s icon. You can then touch an app icon in the folder to start that app.

To close a folder, press the Back button, or just touch outside the folder on the Home screen.

  • Folders are managed just like other icons on the Home screen. You can long-press them to drag them around.

  • Folders are deleted just like icons and widgets. Be aware that when you remove a folder, you also remove all icons held within that folder. (They aren’t, however, uninstalled.)

  • Change a folder’s name by opening the folder and then touching the folder’s name. Type the new name by using the onscreen keyboard.

  • Add more apps to the folder by dragging them over the folder’s icon.

  • To remove an icon from a folder, open the folder and drag out the icon.

  • When the last icon is dragged out of a folder, the folder is empty. The empty folder can be removed from the Home screen, just like any other icon.