Spring Clean Your iPhone

Spring Clean Your iPhone - white iPhone 5 on wooden surface with home screen displaying apps

I have around 100 apps on my phone. I need help so I can easily access the things I want!

"There's an app for that."

We know. But do we need it?

With so many apps at our fingertips, it can be quite overwhelming to find what we are looking for. Apps are designed to improve our lives, but trying to find them can be a challenge - especially with 100 apps or more.

Combat Clutter

First, be honest with yourself and delete the apps you don’t use - or rarely use. Delete apps you just don’t need. (It’s not forever - you can always get them again when the need arises.)

Organize Your Apps by Usage

Put the apps you most frequently access on your first page. If you aren’t sure what are your most popular apps, then go to Settings > Battery (in iOS 10). If you tap on an entry, it will display your hours of on screen use and hours of background use, as well as the overall percentage of your battery that the app has used in the last 24 hours (or week). There may be some surprising facts about how you spend your time! But that's a topic for a different day.

Spring Clean your iPhone - Apps on an iPhone organized by usage with verbs for the folder names, e.g. Listen, Talk, Shop. Image by Kyli Singh.

Organize Your Apps by Category

For some people, the default category names such as “Reference” or “Utilities” are too vague. Instead, come up with your own category names, and drag each app into a category. Some people like to use verbs such as “watch”, “play” or “listen” instead of using nouns. After all, you want to DO something with your apps, not just store them.

Organize Your Apps in Alphabetical Order

Some people find comfort in a linear A-Z filing method. )And instead of manually alphabetizing them, try this: Settings > General > Reset > Reset Home Screen layout. The original Apple phone apps will be placed in the default locations, and the other apps will be sorted alphabetically.

Don't Organize: Search

The search function on the iOS is powerful and quick. Slide your finger from the top down and type in the first few letters of the name of the app you need. Or choose it from the recent apps list in the search window. The color-coding of the apps are designed to be easily identified and memorable. Your mind associates colors much quicker than black and white labels, so when your desired app populates in the search, your eyes will recognize it quickly.

#ios #iphone #apps #digitalclutter #DigitalOrganizing

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