How the New Apps Library Works on the iPhone

How the New Apps Library Works on the iPhone

For the first time since, Apple has always brought an Android-style app drawer to the iPhone’s Home screen with iOS 14. But, of course, Apple has implemented it itself. Here’s how the new Apps Library works on the iPhone.

You will find the library Apps on your last home page

If you are tired of browsing through non-stop Home screen pages, Apple has good news for you in the form of a new Apps Library.

Launched in fall 2020 with iOS 14, the Apps Library will automatically be added to your iPhone, whether you want to use it or not. You can continue to use the Home screen as is. However, if you scroll completely to the last page on your phone, I will find a new Apps Library section.

Here, I will see a folder box that is automatically organized, categorized based on Apple’s algorithm. The first is for the recommended Apps , and the second will show the Apps that you just installed.


In each folder other than “Suggestions,” the first three icons appear clearly. Unfortunately, you cannot choose this Apps manually. Tapping on a larger icon opens the Apps , while selecting a cluster will expand the group.

Swipe up from the bottom to exit the grid view and return to the Apps Library. (You cannot swipe left to close this screen.)


Swiping down from the Apps Library page opens Search mode. Or, you can also tap the search bar at the top of the menu.

Here, I will see a list of every Apps installed on your iPhone, arranged alphabetically. You can use the A to Z slider from the right edge of the screen to move to certain letters if you know the name of the Apps you are looking for.


If you search in the Apps Library, results will only be generated from installed Apps . You can’t search for apps on the App Store and install them, as you can with Spotlight Search.

You Can Also Hide Your Home Screen Page

If you like using the Apps Library, the first thing you want to do is hide all the excess Home screen pages that separate you from it. If you are like us, you might want to try a new Apps , just to forget it a few weeks later. This is how you produce more than half a dozen pages on your iPhone.

After you update to iOS 14, you can tap and hold any free space to enter Apple Jiggle Mode. At the bottom of the screen, tap the page marker – a circle icon with a number of dots on it that represents how many pages are open on your mobile.


This will now display a new overview screen with all your pages. To hide a page that you don’t use or want to see again, just check the box below the thumbnail. We recommend hiding everything, except the first page (and maybe the second) for quick access to the Apps Library.

New Apps Directly to the Apps Library

As soon as you edit the Home screen page, you will get a warning warning that all newly downloaded Apps will now appear in the Apps Library. This is a good thing because, even if you download a new Apps , it will not continue to add new pages to your Home screen.

If you want to restore this feature, go to Settings> Home Screen and select the “Add to Home Screen” option. While in the “Settings” menu, you can also enable or disable badge notifications for Apps in the Apps Library.

There’s More to the iOS 14 Home Screen

The iPhone Home Screen is definitely one of the biggest changes on iOS 14, and the Application Library is only part of the equation. Apple also brings widgets to the Home screen, and even though they aren’t interactive, it’s still a step in the right direction.

We are still in the first beta cycle developer here. Maybe Apple might change some features and interface elements before iOS 14 was released to the public later this year.

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