How to create app folders on Android

If you like to download and use applications, the problem is not having all those applications. The problem is finding them.

You only have a limited amount of space on your home screen, and everything else goes into the app bin. You have even less space if you have widgets on your home screen. Even if you’re not an excessive app collector, you’ll likely run out of space on your home screen. That means looking in the app tray to find your app. That works fine, but sometimes you forget the exact name of the app, or it changes the icons, and it throws you off. It is not very efficient.

This is a problem you can solve. Organize your apps with folders! On some versions of Android, you can store up to four folders at the bottom of the screen, and on versions higher than Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean), you can store folders on the home screen in any space a single app icon would occupy usually.

The following instructions should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

How to create a folder

Tap the app. This means that you press and hold your finger on the app until you feel a slight vibration feedback and notice that the screen has changed.

Now drag your app to another app. Instantly makes a folder. This is pretty much the same way you do it on iOS devices like iPads and iPhones.

folder name

Unlike iOS, Android doesn’t infer a name for your new folder. They save it as “unnamed folder”. And when your folder doesn’t have a name, nothing shows up as the name of your app collection. It’s okay if you remember what they all are. If you want to give your folder a name, you’re going to long-press again.

This time long press your folder. It should open to show you all the apps and launch the Android keyboard. Tap a name for your new folder and press the Done key . You will now see the name displayed on the home screen.

Add your folder to the home row

You can also drag your folder to your favorite apps at the bottom of the home screen on Android phones. This makes it two clicks to get to the app, but Google conveniently demonstrates this by grouping Google apps into a folder and putting them in the bottom row of the home page.

Some things don’t creep like the others

The drag order is important. You can drag apps onto other apps to create folders. You can drag apps into existing folders to add them. You can’t drag folders into apps. If you see your app running away when you try to drag something on top of it, that may be what happened. The other thing you can’t do is drag home screen widgets into folders. Widgets are mini-apps that run continuously on the home screen, and they just don’t run properly inside a folder.