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How to Move iPhone Apps From the App Library to a Home Screen

  • Justin Duino


Justin Duino

So as to not clutter up your home screen, newly-downloaded apps from the App Store can be sent directly to the App Library. But what if you later want to open the app without digging through the library? Heres how to move apps from the App Library to your iPhones home screen.

Start by swiping over to the right-most home screen on your iPhone to open the App Library. Here, locate an app that isnt already on your home screen. Long-press on the apps icon until a menu pops up.

Tap the Add to Home Screen button from the context menu.


The application will be moved and placed on your home screen automatically.

Heading back into the App Library, if an app is already on one of your home screens (visible or hidden), theAdd to Home Screen option wont appear in the context menu. Instead, youll have to enter Jiggle mode.

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Locate an app in your iPhones App Library thats already on your home screen. Long-press on the apps icon. After a second, a context menu will appear. Continue holding down on the app until it appears on your home screen.

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As mentioned above, going this route will activate Jiggle mode (where your apps and folders will bounce around on your screen). Hold down on your app and place it wherever you like on your iPhone. Tap the Done button in the top-right corner when youre finished moving the app.


If you cant find a specific app in one of the App Librarys automatically-generated folders, you can tap on the search bar to locate the application.

Use the alphabetical list to find an app. Next, long-press on the listing until its highlighted. The block will look like its hovering above the rest of the menu when properly selected.

Without lifting your finger, move it to the left or right. You will be immediately shifted to your home screen, with Jiggle mode enabled.

As before, place the app wherever you like on your home screen or drop it in a folder. Tap the Done button in the top-right corner when youre finished reorganizing your layout.

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Justin Duino
Justin Duino is the Managing Editor at How-To Geek. He has spent the last decade writing about Android, smartphones, and other mobile technology. In addition to his written work, he has also been a regular guest commentator on CBS News and BBC World News and Radio to discuss current events in the technology industry. Read Full Bio »