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Phone feel cluttered? Here’s the best way to organize your iPhone, Android apps.

  • October 14, 2021

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But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There are tricks to controlling the chaos and giving yourself a more tidy smartphone. Here are some tips to declutter that iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or any smartphone you own.

Delete apps and clear the decks

Go through and clear out any apps you either don’t want or still like but want to pull from your screen as a shortcut.

On iPhone, press and hold on an app until a popup appears with multiple options including delete the app or edit the home screen. When you edit the home screen, you’ll see all the apps shake. Tapping the minus sign will let you either delete the app or send it to your app library, which means you keep the app but get rid of the shortcut on your screen.

While still in the edit home screen mode (apps are still shaking), when you click the dots along the bottom of the screen, you can delete whole home screens to speed up the process.

The process works similarly on Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy, tapping and holding an app to remove the shortcut or the app itself.

Organizing your phone apps

Here comes the fun part: figuring out how you want to organize your apps. Here are a few options:

Create folders

If you prefer having as few screens to swipe through as possible, folders are your best bet. On both iPhone and Android, tap and hold on an app, then move it with your finger on top of another app to create a folder.

Then you can name it whatever you choose. For example, you could have one folder for gaming apps, another for social media, and another for shopping apps.

Widgets offer a view

The plus side to widgets is you can get a quick glance at information without having to open the app. For example, you need a view of the weather, or the next appointment appearing through your calendar app. 

To add one on iPhone, you return to that edit home screen function, then hit the plus sign in the top left corner. This pulls up all the available widgets you can add, ranging in size from smaller squares to rectangles that can span the width of the screen.

On Samsung devices, tap and hold on an empty spot on the screen, then choose widgets. 

Themed home screens

Combined with widgets, you could have separate screens each carrying a specific theme. You may have a “work” screen, for example, where your office email and related apps reside, then a separate “fun” screen you can swipe toward to get to games or other digital diversions. 

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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