How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library on iPhone

Oct 7, 2020 - 3 Comments

How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

One of the most interesting additions that come with the iOS 14 update is the new App Library. Within this feature, Apple gives its users the option to move, delete, and hide unwanted pages of apps and clean up their home screen.

App Library can be thought of as similar to Android’s app drawer, located right past the last home screen page on your iPhone. It automatically sorts all the apps by category and organizes them in folders. If you’ve been fiddling around with the new iOS 14 update, you may have seen it and tried to get a hang of it already. Perhaps, you may already know how to hide your pages or how you can automatically move downloaded apps to the App Library.

What if you want to move the apps stored in your App Library back to the home screen or what if you want to delete an app stored here? These are good questions, but we have the answer. In this article, we’ll cover how you can move and delete apps from App Library.

How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

Moving apps back to the home screen and deleting apps directly from the App Library is not as complicated as you may think. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

  1. Head to the App Library section by scrolling past the last page on your home screen. Now long-press on an empty space in the App Library to enter jiggle mode or edit mode.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  2. Now, tap on the “X” icon next to any app here to delete it from your iPhone. When prompted, choose “Delete” to confirm. You won’t see the delete option next to smaller app icons in the App Library. This is because those apps are stored in folders, but we’ll get to them in a second.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  3. To move an app stored in the App Library back to the home screen, long-press on the app icon and choose “Add to Home Screen” as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  4. Once you do this, you’ll be able to find and launch the app from your home screen.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library
  5. To delete an app stored in a folder, you’ll need to open the respective folder by tapping on the small app icons in the App Library. Next, long-press anywhere within the folder to enter jiggle or edit mode. Then, tap on the “X” icon to access the delete option. To move apps back to the home screen, you’ll need to manually drag and drop them on the home screen.

    How to Move and Delete Apps from App Library

Now you’ve learned how to delete apps from the App Library or move them back to the home screen.

Although App Library serves as a quick and convenient way to keep your apps organized and properly sorted, it doesn’t do a great job if you want to open certain apps as fast as possible. For that, you’ll need to rely on Spotlight search.

If you haven’t set up App Library properly on your iPhone, you may want to learn how you can set your device to automatically move installed apps directly to the Recently Added section of your App Library. It’s something that’s not enabled by default.

Updated your iPhone to iOS 14 just recently? In that case, you may be interested in adding widgets to your home screen and give it a completely different look. Or, if you’re a multitasker, a feature like the new Picture in Picture video mode could come in handy quite often.

We hope you were able to get the most out of the App Library feature that iOS 14 has to offer. Have you been enjoying the new changes in iOS 14? What’s your favorite feature so far? Do share your valuable opinions and experiences in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. John Latham says:


    Couldn’t agree more !

    I can no longer find where my Apps are …. aggghhh !

  2. Arama says:

    Great tips as always! The newest update drove me crazy! Now I can get rid of useless apps. Thanks!

  3. Don says:

    Disgusting intrusion on users ability and desire to organise their own workspace in whatever way they choose – wish I’d never downloaded the update – took nearly two hours to get “MY” Home Screen organised in the way I use “MY” phone

    Big brother Apple

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