How to Organize Icons into Folders on the iPad mini

Finding the single app on the iPad mini that you want to use among apps spread out over 15 screens may seem like a daunting task. But Apple felt your pain and added a handy organizational tool — the folder. The Folders feature lets you create folder icons, each containing apps that pertain to the name that Apple (or you) gave to that folder. To create a folder, follow these steps:

  1. Press your finger against an icon until all the icons on the screen wiggle.

  2. Decide which apps you want to move to a folder, and then 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. (Optional) Change the folder name by tapping the X on the bar where the folder name appears and typing 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. When you drag all the apps from a folder, the folder disappears automatically.

With iOS 7 you have plenty of room for all your apps. Indeed, you can stash up to 9 apps per page in a folder and have as many as 14 pages. That’s a grand total of 126.

Folders are a great organizational tool. But if you have numerous apps on the iPad, it’s a lot easier to create and arrange folders not from the tablet but when syncing your device in iTunes.