February 3, 2023

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How to declutter your home screen

If you still want easy access to apps but find you just have too many icons on your home screens, folders can help. To create a folder, drag an icon onto another icon – it could be an app shortcut or a shortcut to something else like a contact or website. The folder is created and you can drag more shortcuts into it if needed. To rename a folder, tap on it to open it and then tap on its name.

For example, you could create a folder with social media apps, or a folder with apps you use for work, or a folder with your most used contacts. Tap and hold individual icons, then drag them to remove them from the folder or remove them from the home screen. You can also tap, hold and drag a folder in its entirety to the Remove button to remove it from the home screen without installing the apps or shortcuts it contains.

You can prevent new apps from adding shortcuts to the home screen.

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When it comes to widgets, remember that many of them are resizable: you may want to shrink certain widgets to free up space, or even enlarge them to keep your home screens simpler. To see if a widget can be resized, tap and hold it. If you can adjust the height and width of the widget on the screen, handles appear on the sides.

Go to Settings and select Wallpaper and style, then App grid, and you can set how closely spaced the icons are on your home screen, which can help with decluttering. You can also long-press on a home screen, select Customize, and turn off the Add app icons to home screen toggle. That way, new apps don’t automatically get a shortcut on the home screen when they’re installed.


Open the Settings screen on iOS and select Home screen to decide where to put new apps: select App library only to add them to the final home screen, or Add to home screen to also add another shortcut on a default to create a start screen. The former option is the one you should choose to keep your home screens as clutter-free as possible (you can easily add app shortcuts manually if needed).

If there’s an app shortcut on a home screen that you want to remove, tap and hold it, then drag it slightly to reveal the small – (minus) icon next to it. Tap to remove the shortcut without deleting the app. Any website shortcuts you may have created in Safari can be removed in the same way.