How to Build App Folders on Your Android Tablet - dummies

How to Build App Folders on Your Android Tablet

Each Home screen page on your Android tablet sports a grid that holds only so many app icons. Though you can use math to calculate the maximum number of Home screen icons, a better choice is to use app folders to avoid any overflow.

An app folder is a collection of two or more apps, both in the same spot on the Home screen.


Folders are created in different ways, depending on the tablet. The stock Android method to create a folder is to long-press one icon and drag it right on top of the other icon. The folder is created. Both icon images show up inside a circle.

When the stock Android method doesn’t work, look for a Folder command, such as the one shown on the Home Screen menu. Choose that command, which may also be called Create Folder. An empty folder is created, which you can then name. At that point, you can drag icons into the folder.

Build the folder by dragging more icons into it. You can also drag an app into the folder directly from the Apps drawer.

Open a folder by touching it. You can then touch an icon in the folder to start an app. Or, if you don’t find what you want, touch the Back icon to close the folder.

  • Some tablets show the Create Folder icon when you long-press the Home screen. Drag an app icon onto the Create Folder icon to build the folder.

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

  • 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 second-to-last last icon is dragged out of a folder, the folder is removed. If not, drag the last icon out, and then remove the folder as you would any other icon on the Home screen.