With all of the smartphone apps we can download for help with everything from cleaning to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s no wonder that most of our phones look pretty cluttered and disorganized! But taking just a little bit of time to get organized and learn to use a few new features can pay huge dividends in terms of making your iPhone easier to navigate, and it’s easier than you might think!
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a few simple tips I’ve found useful recently for streamlining what’s on my phone and making it easier to use. If you’re tired of getting lost in a sea of apps you never use, or searching for that one app you can never seem to find, these tips will surely prove as useful to you as they have been to me! 🙂
3 Simple Tips That Will Make Your iPhone Easier To Use
1. Use The Search Function
If you’re an app lover like I am, you may be used to swiping through multiple screens of apps in order to find the one you’re looking for. But you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by using the built-in search function instead!
You can use the search function to find both apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store and ones that came pre-installed on your phone. To search for apps, just follow these 3 simple steps:
- Swipe down from the middle of the Home screen.
- Tap the Search field, then type in the name of the app you’re looking for.
- Tap on the relevant result to open the app.
Learning to use this function has been a huge time-saver for me personally. I use it several times a day now, and no longer have to waste time swiping around to find things! 🙂
2. Organize Your Home Screen
There are two iPhone features that I’ve found most useful in my quest to conquer the clutter on my Home Screen: the new App Library feature, and the ability to group apps together in folders.
2a. Use The App Library
The iOS 14 update provided iPhone users with an easy way to hide apps from the Home Screen without deleting them entirely. The new App Library (which you can access by swiping left past all of your apps) serves as both a way to find apps and as a place to keep apps you either don’t use frequently or don’t need to see on your Home Screen.
To hide an app, long press on the app’s icon and tap “Remove App.” Select “Remove from Home Screen” (as opposed to “Delete App,” which will permanently remove the app from your phone.)
After you remove an app from your Home Screen, it will still be accessible in your App Library. The App Library is automatically organized into categories like Entertainment, Utilities, and Social, but there’s also a search bar at the top of the screen you can use if you prefer.
Bonus Tip: In the Settings app under Home Screen, you can choose whether you want newly downloaded apps to show up on your Home Screen automatically, or whether you want them to only appear in the App Library. If you download new apps regularly, this setting can help you keep your Home Screen neater with less effort.
2b. Create Your Own App Folders
Another way to organize the apps on your Home Screen is by grouping them together into folders. You can create a folder by long pressing on an app’s icon and dragging it to hover over a different app.
This action will create a new folder containing both apps, and you can label the folder however you want using the editable text field provided. (Your phone may even suggest a name for the folder if the two apps have a similar purpose, such as News, Productivity, Social, etc.)
Once you’ve created a folder, you can continue dragging and dropping other apps into it. App folders are an easy way to keep your apps bundled together and organized in a way that makes sense to you!
3. Add The Siri Suggestions Widget
The last feature I want to mention that has improved my iPhone experience is the “Siri Suggestions” widget I recently added to my Home Screen. (Before iOS 14, you could only add widgets to your Today View by swiping right on the Home Screen, but now you can use widgets on both Today View and the Home Screen.)
The thing I find so useful about the “Siri Suggestions” widget is that it suggests specific apps based on factors like your location, bluetooth connections, or even the time of day. For example, it might suggest your grocery list app when you arrive at the grocery store, or it might suggest your favorite podcast app when you get into your car. And since its suggestions are based on the way you use your phone, its suggestions get better and more useful over time.
To start using the “Siri Suggestions” widget, simply long press on your phone’s Home Screen until the apps start to wiggle. Then click the plus sign button in the top right corner of your screen, and it will bring up a list of widgets to choose from.
Scroll until you see “Siri Suggestions,” then select it and decide how large you want the widget to appear and how many apps you want it to suggest at once. Then click “Add Widget,” after which you can rearrange the other apps and widgets on your Home Screen as desired.
So now that you have a few tricks up your sleeve that can make your iPhone easier to use, I challenge you to take 15 minutes in the next few days to put one or more of them into practice. Because the time you spend now learning better ways to navigate and organize your phone will almost certainly save you hours of time and frustration down the road!
Want Even More Smartphone Hacks?
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Do you have a preferred way of keeping your phone organized?