If you’re an organization fan and iPhone user, iOS 14 has provided you with a new tool: the App Library, which organizes your app into labeled groups to make them easier to find. In fact, all your current applications can now be found there, and any future applications you download will be placed there as well. (You can decide whether you want apps to appear on your home screen as well? We’ll let you know later in this article.)
This new feature can be very useful, especially if you download a lot of apps.
The app library appears on your home screen as a separate page. After you update to iOS 14, just swipe left; The app library will be the last page you hit.
It automatically organizes your application into folders that are labeled with different categories. For example, after updating to the new OS, my most recently added utilities, productivity and finance, social, creativity, information and reading, games, entertainment, health and health and travel. Each folder is divided into four quadrants; Each quartile shows an icon that represents an app. If a folder contains more than four apps, the remaining icons shrink and group into a single quadrant.
You can open an app directly from your icon in the app library. If the app is part of a group of small icons (and therefore too small to tap), tap anywhere in that quadrant and the entire range will fill your screen so you can select the application you want.
Long press on any app in the app library, and a pop-up menu lets you remove it, use one of its features, or – if it isn’t already – copy the icon to your home screen. (This app will not remove it from the library).
If you can’t find an app, choose the search field at the top; You will get an alphabetical list of your apps. You can either type in the name of the app you want or scroll down to find it.
However, you do not have to decide where the new app will appear in the app library. For example, I installed an app called NYC 311, which provides alerts and information for the city. It landed in the “Recently Added” folder and that was it as far as I can tell. I have to assume that when it is not considered recently, it will automatically move to another category. I could not create my own category or move the app to a different existing category.
Move apps to app library
If you want to clean your home screen, you can “remove” icons so that they only appear in the app library. For a single application:
- On the home screen, long press on the app you want to add.
- Tap “Remove Application”.
- Tap on “Move to Application Library”.
You can get rid of a bunch of home screen apps at once by long pressing the empty area on your home screen. Tap on the “minus” sign on the corner of each application you want to remove from the home screen and select “Move to App Library”.
If you want to keep your home screen clean, you can arrange to display the newly installed apps only in the app library.
- Go to Settings> Home Screen
- Select “Add to Home Screen” or “App Library Only”. You can also opt for the notification badge shown in the app library.
As mentioned, the App Library is an interesting addition to the iOS arsenal, allowing for a growing organization of apps and a cleaner, less crowded home screen. However, the lack of its personalization is, to me at least, a significant limitation – unlike its Android counterpart, it does not allow you to create your own groups or decide which group the app should go to. With any luck, Apple will improve the feature in the coming months.