What’s the best way to organize your iPhone apps? I’ve put a lot of time into trying to solve this puzzle and I think I’ve finally come up with the best solution. And it’s all thanks to Apple’s awesome new 3D Touch feature.
Before I arrived at my current app setup I tried everything you could think of (and even some things you couldn’t). I tried all folders on the home screen and hated it because it took at least two taps to launch anything and looked cluttered and less visually appealing since I couldn’t see any of the well-designed app icons hiding inside the folders.
More radically I once tried organizing EVERY single app in one folder that lived on the bottom bar of my phone screen which I dubbed the Focus Folder technique. I actually really liked it and, true to it’s nickname, it did cut down on “wasted time” in news and social apps as they were buried several swipes away. But ultimately it felt like a waste of space and a bit over the top (although I really enjoyed seeing people’s dumbfounded reactions).
I won’t bore you with the various other app configurations I’ve tried, but suffice it to say: if it can be done, I’ve done it (with the one exception of organizing all apps by color which looks very cool but has no real utility).
So here’s what I think works best:
- No folder on my default home screen; just the 24 apps I use the most.
- I try to keep the apps I use the most — basically the apps that are most important — as close to the bottom of the screen as possible for easy access (especially with the introduction of 3D Touch which is AWESOME). This makes me that much more productive. The 4 apps on the bottom of my screen (above the dock) at the moment are: Wunderlist, Evernote, Fantastical and Momentum.
- Swipe right to my second home screen and this is where I keep all my folders. These folders contain all the apps that I use less frequently but that are still worth having. Current folders include: Apple, Business, Extras, Infotainment, Health, Home, Food, Shopping, Travel, Sports, Politics, Social, Video and Photo.
- The ONE non-folder exception on my second home screen is the Settings app. I use it frequently enough that I want it to be handy but I don’t want it on my default home screen. It lives in the top left.
Here’s what it looks like:
Default Home Screen:
Second Home Screen:
With this setup I am the most productive I’ve ever been. I keep the best apps out and ready to interact with and I’m constantly changing what’s on my home screen (by moving things in and out of folders). Especially with 3D Touch enabled apps being closer to my thumb I’m now more of an iPhone ninja than ever before.