How To Use the iOS 14 App Library

The App Library is an extra screen to the right of the Home Screen pages on your iPhone. It contains a categorized list of all of your apps, and you can also bring up an alphabetical list. With the App Library, you no longer need to have all of your apps on Home Screen pages.

Comments: 14 Responses to “How To Use the iOS 14 App Library”

    Rus
    3 weeks ago

    Is there a way to keep the App Library in Alphabetical order? thanks.

    3 weeks ago

    Rus: As I show, the alphabetical list is in alphabetical order. That’s what it is. Do you mean keep the apps in each category in alphabetical order inside the category? No, they are in an order based on frequency of use and maybe other factors. If you want categories in alphabetical order, you can always create your own Home Screen page with folders as you like, and order the apps in there in alphabetical order.

    Russ
    3 weeks ago

    I want the option to keep the list in Alphabetical order. I don’t care about categories; or App Store categories; etc.

    I want the App Library to always be in Alphabetical order.
    I hope that makes sense. When I slide over to App Library it is already in ABC order.

    3 weeks ago

    Russ: So you have to go to the list view to do that (like at 1:45).

    JC Blanchard
    3 weeks ago

    Great feature. Why not on iPad?

    3 weeks ago

    JC: I predict it will come to iPadOS maybe next year or sooner.

    Phillip Pensabene
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Gary – how do you get the red dot to show the location of your tap or press on the iPhone screen in this presentation. I normally use QuickTime to display my iPhone screen on the Mac, but you can’t tell where I tap or press. Thanks.

    3 weeks ago

    Phillip: I added it manually in ScreenFlow during editing.

    Ian Leckie
    3 weeks ago

    Excellent, Gary! You’ve explained the new App Library succinctly and concisely! Now I get it! Thanks so much! Regards, Ian.

    Phillip Pensabene
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks – I was hoping there was a realtime method. I often do live or zoom presentations where I am displaying the iPhone screen. Are you aware of any iPhone screen sharing software which would produce in real time the effect you do in post processing?

    3 weeks ago

    Phillip: Screen sharing software can’t do it because there is no way for it to know what is being touched. But you can always turn on Assistive Touch an use a Mouse with your iPhone. Then you can have it show the “cursor” on the screen. It isn’t the same, but it is an option. https://macmost.com/how-to-use-a-mouse-with-your-ipad.html

    Phillip Pensabene
    3 weeks ago

    thanks, I’ll try that.

    Marj Green
    2 weeks ago

    Can you create your own folders or category names in the App Library? Or do you only have the ones the Library shows?

    2 weeks ago

    Marj: No. That’s something you can just do with the regular Home Screen pages. Create which folders you want and put the apps you want in them.

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