Organize Mac Apps Into Folder

Sep 06, 2013  You can put apps into folders on your iPad by pressing and holding one of them for a second or two until they start to shake, and then drag (not too quickly) one of them over another one and hold it there, and you should then get a folder created with those two apps in it - you can then drag further apps into that folder (you can have up to 20 apps in a folder). Jul 02, 2020  Folders display nine apps at a time, so adding one can increase the Dock’s capacity from four apps to 12 with the only penalty being an additional tap. Organize Folders by App Type. The most obvious way to organize your apps is to divide them by purpose into folders. Dec 28, 2018  Probably not. Here is how you delete redundant photos from a Mac without it taking all evening. How to delete duplicates in Photos. Download Gemini 2 for Mac and launch it; Click Scan for Duplicates; It will scan every photo, album and folder on your Mac, including those on any connected external hard drives and imported from the iCloud Photo. Jun 03, 2017  Bonus: Creating a Folder of Apps in the Dock. What if, apart from adding spaces to organize your apps in the Dock, you also want to create a folder of apps. Creating a folder should organize things, as it will declutter your Mac and allow you to keep more apps inside the Dock. MacOS doesn’t allow you to create a folder of apps in the directly.

Trying to organize apps on your iPhone can be a frustrating experience. Something that should make your life easier can quickly become overwhelming. Where do you start? What does an organized iPhone even look like?

Yet, it turns out that an organized iPhone really isn’t that hard to achieve. The hardest part is keeping one organized once you get it there. Of course, once you experience what a truly organized iPhone looks like, you may never want to go back to the way it was.

To help you get started, here are some tips, tricks, and instructions for finally organizing apps on your iPhone.

How to Move Apps on Your iPhone

Before you’re able to organize apps on your iPhone, you’ll need to know how to move them. This is a simple process, but you’d be surprised how much you can accomplish via this technique.

  1. Tap and hold any app icon on your phone
  2. Drag the app to another location. Apps can be dragged to another part of the same screen, a different screen, the dock section, or into a folder
  3. Tap the Home Button (or the Done option) when you’re finished

How to Create Folders on iPhone

Folders are the backbone of how you’ll organize apps on your iPhone. They’re the only practical way to make hundreds of possible apps as accessible as possible. By grouping apps together in folders, you have a chance of actually gaining control over your home screen once more.

Here’s how you can create folders on your iPhone:

  1. Touch and hold an app on your Home Screen
  2. Choose Edit Home Screen
  3. Drag an app onto another app in order to group them into a folder
  4. Drag any other apps into that folder you wish to group together
  5. Tap the name area of the folder to rename it

You can also delete a folder by dragging all of the apps out of the folder. Your apps will remain on your phone wherever you choose to drag them.

How to Reset Your Apps to their Default Position

Did your attempt to organize apps not go as planned? Do you have a lot of actions to undo and don’t want to undo them manually? It turns out there’s a way to do that. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Choose General and then Reset

It’s important to understand what this action actually does. It will “delete” any folders you have, but you’ll still keep your apps. Speaking of your apps, they will all be re-organized alphabetically. Any apps that you’ve downloaded will automatically be sorted after apps that came with your iPhone.

This isn’t a great long-term solution for many, but it is a good way to get things back to a state of manageability after you’ve made a series of changes.


Ways to Better Organize Apps on Your iPhone

Ultimately, you’re going to determine what the best way to organize apps on your iPhone is. It is, after all, your iPhone.

However, we want to share several organizing tips that could give you ideas you never even considered before. Here are just some of the ways you could better organize your iPhone’s apps:

Make Use of the 28 Home Page Spaces

You have 24 available spots on the main area of your iPhone home screen. There are also four extra spots in the “dock” area. Put it all together, and you’ve got 28 available spaces with which to better organize apps on your home screen.

Mind you, you don’t need to use all of them. In fact, the goal would be to try to organize everything using as few spaces as possible. That said, keeping this number in mind is the best way to ensure that you really know what you’re working with.

Create Three Sections on your iPhone Home Screen

This is one of the most effective ways to organize apps on your iPhone that we’ve ever seen.

Basically, you create three sections of apps on your device. One on the top that’s a series of organized folders, one in the middle where you put your most-used apps, and a few (usually default) apps in the “dock” section.

What this does is put as much information as possible on your home screen. While you may have to occasionally dive into a folder to find what you need, you should discover that most apps you’ll ever want to access are at your fingertips.

Organize Apps by Function

Do you have multiple email apps? Multiple text apps? A ton of games? Well, it might make sense to organize them by their function.

In other words, create folders with names like “Play” or “Chat.” This is a great way to simply see every app you have that might help perform whatever function you may be looking for.

Group Similar Apps Together (Without Folders)

Do you not have a ton of apps on your phone but still want to keep things tidy? This may be a method to consider.

The idea is that you keep similar app icons relatively close to each other. That way, when you’re thinking about “news” or “texting,” you’ll see all of your options in a similar space. It’s not perfect, but it’s particularly effective if you only regularly use a few apps.

Start Deleting Apps

It’s the simplest tip we can give for organizing apps, but you really should consider doing some digital cleanup on your iPhone.

Getting rid of old apps not only makes your iPhone easier to navigate, but it can free up storage space and speed up your device. Your iPhone allows you to look at your least-used apps, so you should be able to see which ones are easy to get rid of.

With cameras so readily available, it’s easy to accumulate more photos than you know what to do with. You probably take dozens of pictures when you go out, meet up with friends, or go on vacation. And while taking photos is fun, organizing them is work. But it doesn't have to be that way. In this article, we’ll show you how to organize photos on your Mac in three easy steps:

  1. Merge your photo libraries in the Photos app
  2. Delete unwanted photos
  3. Group pictures using Smart Albums in Photos

Step 1. Consolidate all your photos in the Photos app for Mac

When macOS Yosemite was released in 2014, the Photos app finally came to Macs, replacing outdated iPhoto. Now with Photos, you’ve got more organization tools, including the ability to switch between libraries and merge them.

To start with, let’s get all of your photos from different places onto your Mac. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Use iCloud Photo Library to ensure that everything you take on an iOS device is synced automatically with your Mac. Alternatively, AirDrop photos from your iPhone and/or iPad to your Mac.
  2. Import photos from external drives to the Photos app on your Mac
  3. Import photos from your camera
  4. If you have several libraries in the Photos app, merge them into one

Once everything is on your Mac and in one library, it’s easier to get organized. Let’s take a look at a few questions most people have when they juggle several Photos libraries.

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How do I switch libraries in Photos?

Libraries in Photos can come from a few different sources, including external devices such as cameras and iPhones. If you were using iPhoto prior to Photos, each device and source will have a Systems Photo Library. You can switch between them, and here is how you do that:

  1. Go to Launchpad
  2. Hold down the Option key, and then double-click on the Photos app to see the libraries you have on this device
  3. Now you can move easily from one photo library to another and open the one you want by double-clicking it

How to create a new Photo library on Mac?

Creating a new library is easy. If Photos is open, you’ll need to quit and reopen to create a new library:

  1. Hold down the Option key
  2. Double-click on the Photos apps
  3. Click the Create New button, then choose Library
  4. Give your new library a name and click OK

How to merge two or more Photos libraries?

At present, there is no native macOS tool for merging libraries in Photos. Essentially, what you’ll be doing is moving all pics to one new library. So, create one as described above, and then follow these steps:

  1. Launch Photos holding down the Option key and select one the libraries you want to merge
  2. In the menu bar, click Edit > Select All
  3. Again in the menu bar, select File > Export. Now you’ve got the following options:
    • Export Unmodified Original. This will export every image in these libraries, excluding any edits or changes made to them.
    • Export [number of photos you want to export] Photos, which gives you the option to pick a format and select Full Size. That will export your photos as they are, with any edits you’ve made, in TIFF, PNG, or JPEG formats.
  4. Pick where they’re going (this could be a folder on your Mac or a connected external drive, for example)
  5. Repeat these steps for the other libraries you want merged
  6. Now close Photos and re-open using Option to select the library you are merging these photos into
  7. Either use File > Import or drag the exported photos into the library

How do I delete a Photo library from my Mac?

If you want to delete a library, it’s super easy. You just navigate to the Pictures folder on your Mac, locate the library you want gone, and move it to the Trash. However, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got all the images and videos out of it first. Export them like we described in the previous section, and then trash the library.

Step 2. Remove duplicates and other useless photos

Now that you've merged libraries — which can take a while if you’ve got a lot of photos scattered across different locations — you’ve probably got a whole load of duplicates and similar images. Chances are, you had the same photo on an external HDD and on your Mac and now it’s duplicated, or you had a dozen slightly different variations of the same shot. Sure, you might want to keep one or two, but do you really need the other 11 wasting space on your Mac? Probably not. Here is how you delete redundant photos from a Mac without it taking all evening.

How to delete duplicates in Photos

  1. Download Gemini 2 for Mac and launch it
  2. Click Scan for Duplicates
  3. It will scan every photo, album and folder on your Mac, including those on any connected external hard drives and imported from the iCloud Photo Library. Once complete, click Review Results.
  4. Gemini has a photo preview mode, so you can see every image, including metadata. Your duplicates are grouped under Exact Duplicates > Images, and similar photos will be under Similar > Images. Use the icon at the top to see a grid view, making it easier to identify which copy you want to delete.<
  5. Tick the box next to each image you want to delete, then click Remove

Gemini places these in a separate folder in Photos (Gemini Duplicates), giving you a possibility to look through the images once again before deleting them for good. For more information, this article is well worth a read.

Step 3. Use Smart Albums in Photos to organize your pics

After merging your libraries and clearing out duplicates and similar images, take photo organizing one step further and group the remaining pics with Smart Albums. Let’s take a look at how to use this fantastic feature of the Photos app to your advantage.

What are Smart Albums in Mac’s Photos app?

Smart Albums are a way of grouping images by the parameters you set. Maybe you’ll want an album to contain photos taken last Christmas, or you’d rather group all the pics of your kid together. All that and more can be done with a Smart Album. As is the case with a regular Photos album, you can edit and delete it.

How to make a new Smart Album in Photos

Creating a new Smart Album is simple:

  1. Launch Photos
  2. Click the + button next to My Albums in the sidebar
  3. Select Smart Album<
  4. Give your Smart Album a name
  5. Choose the Parameters, e.g. “kids,” “days out,” “Holiday 2018.” You can modify these at any time.
  6. Click OK to create

By developing a system (e.g., photos are grouped into albums by date taken) and using Smart Albums, you’ll make sure your photo library is easy to navigate, even if it contains thousands of photos from 2001 and up until now.

That’s it, hope this short guide helps you cope with your photo overload. And remember: the best way to organize photos on your Mac is to keep your library lean and manageable — free from clutter and useless copies. Gemini 2 will gladly help with that.

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