How the New App Library Works on iPhone

A library of applications on an iPhone home screen.Khamosh Pathak

For the first time since, well, Apple is offering an Android-style application drawer on the iPhone home screen with iOS 14. But, of course, Apple has brought its own touch. Here’s how the new iPhone application library works.

You will find the application library on your last home page

If you are tired of browsing the pages of the home screen non-stop, Apple has good news for you in the form of the new application library.

Deployment in the fall of 2020 with iOS 14, the application library will be automatically added to your iPhone whether or not you want to use it. You can continue to use your home screens as is. However, if you swipe to the last page of your handset, you will find the new Application Library section.

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Here you will see a grid of automatically organized folders, classified according to Apple’s algorithms. The first one is for the suggested apps, and the second one will show the apps you recently installed.

A library of applications on iOS 14.Khamosh Pathak

In each folder other than “Suggestions”, the first three icons appear prominently. Unfortunately, you cannot choose these applications manually. Pressing a larger icon opens this application, while selecting the cluster expands the group.

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

An App Library folder opened in iOS 14.Khamosh Pathak

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

Here you will see a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone, sorted alphabetically. You can use the cursor from A to Z from the right edge of the screen to jump to a particular letter if you know the name of the application you are looking for.

The iOS 14 application library search screen.Khamosh Pathak

If you search the application library, the results will be generated only from the installed applications. You can’t search for and install an app in the App Store, as you can with Spotlight search.

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You can also hide your home screen pages

If you like using the application library, the first thing to do is hide any excess pages on the home screen that separate you from it. If you’re like us, you might like to try new apps, so that you don’t forget about them until a few weeks later. This is how you end up with more than half a dozen pages on your iPhone.

Once you’ve updated to iOS 14, you can press and hold any blank space to access Apple’s Jiggle mode. At the bottom of the screen, tap the page marker, the circular icon with a number of dots representing the number of pages open on your phone.

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This will now show you a new presentation screen with all of your pages. To hide the pages that you are not using or that you no longer want to see, simply uncheck the box under its thumbnail. We recommend hiding everything except the first (and possibly the second) page for quick access to the application library.

New apps go directly to the app library

As soon as you change the home screen pages, you will receive an alert indicating that the newly downloaded applications now appear in the application library. This is a good thing because, even if you download a new app, it will not continue to add new pages to your home screen.

If you want to cancel this feature, go to Settings> Home screen and choose the “Add to home screen” option. While you’re in the “Settings” menu, you can also enable or disable notification badges for apps in the app library.

There’s more to the iOS 14 home screen

The iPhone home screen is clear one of the biggest changes in iOS 14and the application library is only part of the equation. Apple also brought widgets to the home screen, and although they are not interactiveis always a step in the right direction.

However, we are still in the first beta cycle for developers. Apple may change some features and interface elements before iOS 14 is released later this year.

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