How to Create Folders on the iPhone and iPod Touch


by Natalie

I’m willing to admit it. There was a time not too long ago when I had so many apps scattered throughout my iPod Touch that finding the app I wanted was similar to locating a cotton ball in a snow bank. I was annoyed to flip through screen, after screen, after screen to scan for the app I wanted. One night after complaining that I couldn’t find Boggle to save my life, my husband let me in on a secret: you can create folders on your iPhone and iPod Touch to organize all those random apps. I was elated! Folders? Like on a computer? You bet!

Not only is this function handy for organization, but wouldn’t it be nice if your kids had one folder they knew to touch on your iPhone, allowing them access to all of your kid friendly apps? You bet it would be! And making it happen is nothing short of simple. Let’s take a look at how to create and manage folders on your iPhone and iPod Touch.



  1. Begin by touching and holding on an app that you want to move into a folder. After approximately 2-3 seconds of touch, all of the apps on your device will begin shaking.
  2. Create a folder by dragging an app on top of another app that you would like to “file” it with.
  3. Once two apps have been placed on top of each other, a gray box which represents the new folder will appear in place of the two app icons.
  4. A screen will appear, allowing you to name the folder and remove any unwanted apps from the folder.
  5. To add more apps to a folder, simply hold an app until the icons begin shaking, and drag the desired apps into the appropriate folder.
  6. Access folders by simply touching the folder, which will open to a screen displaying all of the apps within the selected folder.


This process can be repeated as necessary to create the number of folders required and simplify your iPod Touch or iPhone experience. Moms and dads can organize their phones to create easy access to kids games, mobile banking, adult games and work apps. The few minutes that folder creation and management will take is well worth the time that the final organization will save you in locating and putting apps to work!

Unfortunately, it seems that no more than nine apps can be stored per folder. However, having more than one “game” or “utility” folder isn’t an awful annoyance. Why not get the kids to help you organize apps by sub category, such as “word games” and use the task of iPhone and iPod Touch folder creation as an opportunity to brush up on organizational skills.
I know that I was shocked that I hadn’t figured out this simple, yet oh-so-handy feature sooner. (That will teach me not to read the entire instruction manual.) However, I sure am glad to have my iPod Touch organized with folders. Now that my favorite apps are easier to locate, I find myself using the apps for their intended purposes far more often with far less frustration.