Organizing Your Applications on the iPad’s Home Screens

By Nancy C. Muir

The iPad can display up to 11 Home screens. By default, the first contains preinstalled apps; other screens are created to contain any apps you download or sync to your iPad. At the bottom of any iPad Home screen (just above the Dock), dots indicate the number of Home screens, and a solid dot specifies the Home screen you’re on. Press the Home button to open the last-displayed Home screen.


  1. Flick your finger from right to left to move to the next Home screen. To move back, flick from left to right.

  2. To reorganize apps on a Home screen, press and hold any app on that screen. The app icons begin to jiggle, and any apps you’ve installed sport a Delete button (a gray circle with a black X on it).

    Some preinstalled apps cannot be deleted and so have no Delete button on them.


  3. Press, hold, and drag an app icon to another location on the screen to move it.

    Press the Home button to stop all those icons from jiggling!

To move an app from one page to another while the apps are jiggling, you can press, hold, and drag an app to the left or right to move it to the next Home screen. You can also use iTunes to manage what app resides on what Home screen and in which folder when you’ve connected the iPad to iTunes via a cable or wireless sync. This process may be easier for some people and allows you to rearrange Home screens, which you can’t do from the iPad.

Press the Home button twice, and you get a view of open apps in the App Switcher. Scroll among the apps and tap the one you want to go to. Swipe an app upward from this preview list to close it.