Since the appearance of folders in iOS 4, Apple has never made such a significant change to the home screen of iOS. iOS 14 does not take half measures and offers a decluttering operation that risks disrupting everyone’s habits.
First of all because applications can now be launched from a dedicated library, offered in the form of files automatically generated according to the categories of applications in the App Store, but also from a list classifying each of them in the alphabetical order. The goal here is to minimize the number of apps (and pages) displayed on the iPhone home screen. This allows users to quickly access the applications they use most frequently and search the library for applications they only use occasionally.
But another equally important new development is the arrival of Widgets, once relegated to a page accessible after deploying the Notification Center. Find out everything you need to know to properly reorganize your home page by taking advantage of the latest innovations in iOS 14.
1. Access the application library
If you’ve been using an iPhone forever, the concept of an app launcher may be foreign to you. In iOS 14, Apple wants to declutter your Home screen so that you only show the apps you use most often.
For that, Apple proposes to reduce the number of displayed pages, and group other apps, the ones you only use occasionally, into a library of all the apps installed on your iPhone.
This library is accessible by scrolling the home screen to the left. It automatically groups all the applications by classifying them by categories. Depending on their frequency of use, the icons of these applications will be larger or smaller.
To access the other applications installed on the iPhone, you can use them search directly in the search box, or pull the screen down to display the list of applications classified in alphabetical order.
2. Choose the destination of the downloaded apps
When you download new apps, they are automatically added to the Home screen, on the first page of the Home screen, which has a vacant space. With the arrival of the library, things change.
If you can keep this operating mode, it is also possible to configure iOS so that the latest downloaded applications no longer pollute the home screen, but are simply accessible from the library.
To do this, open the Settings iOS, and go to the menu Homepage. You can then choose to display the New apps downloaded within the Apps library only. Take the opportunity, if you wish, to activate the display of notification dots in the app library as well.
3. Remove pages and apps from the home screen
If over time you have multiplied the pages of apps on the iPhone home screen, it might be time to change and revamp your organization. Hold your finger on an application icon, and choose to Change the home screen (you can also keep your finger pressed between the icons to open the edit mode directly).
Then press the page count indicator, represented by several dots at the bottom of the screen, to display the editor. You can then check or uncheck the pages you want to display or hide on the screen. Then validate your changes by pressing okay.
Likewise, it is also possible to remove apps from the home screen without uninstalling them from the device.
Put the home screen in edit mode and press the button – displayed on an application icon. Then choose from Move to app library. The application will then be removed from the home screen, but will remain accessible from the iOS application library.
4. Add Widgets
The other big novelty of iOS 14 is the highlighting of Widgets, which now have real use. To add a widget, tap and hold your home screen to enter edit mode. Then press the + button displayed at the top left of the screen.
The list of available Widgets is then displayed. iOS 14 offers usmart battery in which are integrated several Widgets that you can scroll through and change the order. Each of the iOS 14 Widgets comes in three formats, each with more or less information. They can also be placed anywhere on home pages, with application icons automatically rearranging around widgets placed on the screen.
5. Find an app quickly
With the establishment of the apps library, your habits for quickly finding an application will change. The simplest solution, however, is always to display Spotlight by pulling the home screen down and entering the first letters of the app name.
And if, however, you can no longer remember the name, display the library and drag it down to access the full list applications installed on your device.