One of the challenges of iOS has been managing apps. With everything on pages of your Home screen, it is easy to lose track of where apps are installed and frankly, you forget you even had them installed on your iPhone or iPad. Apple has built in a few features to help with this, namely to delete apps when space is low on your device, but never is really convenient for that one time you need that app to discover it has been uninstalled. That is changing in iOS 14 with the App Library.
The App Library is a new feature in iOS 14 that gives you categories of apps that you have installed on your iPhone. To get to it, swipe the right side of your iPhone’s screen and it will be on the last page. While we can debate the implementation – Apple doesn’t give you the ability to rename groups for some reason – this feature should make it easier to find apps you have installed. Further, when you want to delete an app, you can now have it only show up in the App Library and not take up space on your Home screen. It is a pretty handy feature to help keep the number of pages on your Home screen to a minimum. Translation: Less swiping!
Editors Note: This How To refers to features in the beta version of iOS 14. The feature’s enablement could change or the feature could be completely removed by Apple before it is released to the public.
To move an app to your App Library, long press the icon of the app you want to move. This will bring up the menu with the first option being “Remove App”.
Tap on Remove App and it will bring up a secondary dialog that asks you if you want to delete the app or if you want to move it to your App Library and remove it from your Home screen. If you tap to move the app, it will only appear in the library page, saving you space on your Home screen.
You can do this for any app installed on your iPhone, including the built-in apps such as the App Store. In the case of the built-in apps, you don’t get the option to delete them but rather to only move them to the Library. Even better, if you move an app to the Library and decide you want to back on your Home screen, all you need to do is long press it in the App Library and you will get the option to “Add to Home Screen”.
Personally, I think this feature is one of the best new features of iOS 14. I generally try to keep my Home screen to one page (that’ll likely change with iOS 14’s new Widgets on the Home screen) because I hate swiping back and forth to find apps.
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