How to Rename a Folder in iOS for iPhone and iPad

Feb 21, 2011 - 2 Comments

How to rename folders in iOS

If you need to rename a folder in iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll find the process to change folder names is a complete piece of cake.

This walkthrough will show you how to rename any folder name in iOS, it works exactly the same on iPhone and iPad.

How to Rename a Folder on iPhone and iPad

To change the name of a folder in iOS, you need to complete the following steps, regardless of the version of iOS that you have on the device in question:

  1. Go to the Home Screen of your iOS device
  2. Tap and hold on the folder name that you wish to change, keep holding until you see the icons jiggle
  3. Once the outlined text box appears at the top of the folder, just tap in there to move the cursor, and then type in the new name
  4. How to rename folders in iOS

  5. When finished renaming the folder, hit your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch home button to lock in the name change and save it

That’s all there is to it, you can then proceed to rename other folders if desired.

Pretty simple tip right? For those of us who have been using iOS for a while, changing folder names may be common knowledge, but a friend of mine just got an iPhone (Android switcher!) and this was one of the first questions they had for me.

Rename a Folder in iOS

Now, if you feel like getting even more creative and you find the regular folder names to be a little boring, then you can really customize folder names in iOS by adding Emoji and Wingdings as part of the folder names, making the folders look really stylized. This is a cool customization trick if you want to spruce things up a bit on your home screen.

Oh and by the way, you can rename folders in all versions of iOS that support folders. Earlier versions of iOS work exactly the same for renaming a folder, it just looks slightly different like so:


Whether you are new or old to the iPhone or iPad, we have plenty more iOS tips, so be sure to check them out! Oh, and if you’re a Mac user then you might be glad to know you can also easily change folder and file names on a Mac with a similar trick.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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