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iOS 14: How to use App Library on iPhone


Introduced at WWDC 2020, Apple’s iOS answer to Android’s app drawer makes its debut in iOS 14. It’s called App Library and works by gathering all your apps inside folders to make it easier to find the apps you want without endless swiping between screens.

What did Apple say about App Library?

Speaking at last week’s WWDC, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering  Craig Federighi said:

“Today’s home screen worked great, but as we get more and more apps, we can end up with this, lots and lots of pages, and we tend to forget what’s beyond the first couple.”

Federighi continued to observe:

“Now like you, I have muscle memory built for the first page or two, but when it comes to all of these pages, well honestly, I’ve lost track of where a lot of things are and that’s where the App Library comes in.”

What does App Library do?

The App Library sits at the end of your Home screen pages and automatically organizes your apps in one easy to handle view consisting of logically named folders of app.

If you have lots of home pages full of apps, you can choose to hide some or all of them, so you end up with just a couple of pages of the apps you use most often, with the App Library kept in a page at the end.

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The idea is that you can find the apps you need in just a couple of swipes and taps. (Though you can always ask Siri to open a specific app and doing so is often faster.)

At the top of the App Library you’ll find a search field that lets you find named apps.

Who benefits from App Library?

Most iPhone users should benefit, particularly if you use your iPhone to get work done. For example, you might gather all your enterprise-focused apps on your first or second Home page, and use App Library to find new or lesser-used apps.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.


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