How to Replicate the iOS 14 App Library on Android

User using iOS 14 app library to see how it works
Khamosh Pathak

iOS 14 introduced an “App Library” feature which acts like an app drawer. It’s a place where your apps are automatically organized into folders by category. This concept may also seem useful if you have an Android. Let’s see if we can imitate him.

the Application library can in a way be compared to Android’s app drawer, the place where all the apps on your device are stored. The big difference is that the app library automatically organizes apps into categories. It can make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

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To emulate this functionality on an Android device, we can take different approaches. You can download a launcher that supports app drawer categories or use an app drawer app with your existing launcher.

Complete your app drawer

The App Library is Apple’s version of an App Drawer, so it makes sense to replace the existing App Drawer in your launcher. “Smart Drawer” is an app that organizes all your apps into categories. You can use it as an app drawer in any launcher.

First, download Smart drawer from the Google Play Store to your Android device.

smart drawer

Open the app and you’ll be greeted with some introductory slides. Press “Continue” until you come to “Enable Online Sorting”. This setting allows the app to automatically sort your apps into categories. So make sure it is enabled and hit “Continue”.

activate online sorting

The next screen will explain how you can replace your existing app drawer with Smart Drawer. Press “Start.”

replace app drawer

You will be taken to the Smart Drawer with different categories of apps on the left side of the screen. Tap the category icons to see your apps. Organizing all of your apps can take a few minutes.

categories of application drawers

You can tap the “Search” icon in the upper right corner to find a specific app.

search for an application

Long press an app to view more options. From there you can drag it to another category.

move the application to a new category

You can add a category by tapping on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner and selecting “Add Category”. The free version of Smart Drawer allows a maximum of six categories.

Add a new category

To delete a category, long press on the category icon, then select “Delete”.

delete category

The great thing about Smart Drawer is that you can place the app icon anywhere on your home screen and have access to an organized drawer.

Try a new launcher

The launcher is the app you see as your home screen. One of the cool things about Android is that you can change the launcher quite easily. That’s what we’re going to do here.

First, download “Smart launcher 5”From the Google Play Store on your Android device.

smart launcher 5

Open the launcher and press “Start”. Accept the terms and conditions to continue.

press start

Then you will see a list of permissions. You don’t need to allow all of these permissions to use the launcher. The only permission we need is “Storage”; the rest are for widgets and other optional features. Press “Next” when you are finished.

give permissions and press next

Android will ask you to grant all the permissions you have enabled. Press “Allow”.

allow permissions

You will now be asked to choose a wallpaper. Make your choice and press “Next”.

choose a wallpaper and press next

The app will ask you if you want to unlock all features with a Premium subscription. It is not necessary for what we are going to do. Tap the “X” icon in the upper right corner.

skip the premium

You will now look at the default home screen configured for the launcher. Application library-type categories can be accessed by swiping up the home screen.

application categories demo

The launcher can be used perfectly well like this. However, if you want to remove some extra stuff (news feed, widget panel, etc.), we have a file you can download to import a cleaner home screen.

First, download this file on your Android device. You should extract ZIP file before proceeding.

RELATED: How to open a ZIP file on an Android phone or tablet

Now that the backup file has been downloaded, press and hold on your home screen to bring up the “Settings” panel, then select “Show all settings”.

press show all settings

Choose “Save” in the settings.

select backup

Next, tap on the “Folder” icon in the lower left corner.

tap the folder icon

Select the file you downloaded earlier. A message will explain that restoring from this backup will erase the current configuration. Press “OK”.

Restore from a backup

You will be taken back to your home screen. Now all you have to do is swipe your finger to the far right home screen to see the fake app library.

home screen gif

The launcher automatically categorizes your apps into the categories listed in the bottom bar. To add a new category, tap the three-dot menu icon, then select “Add Category”. You can choose from one of the predefined categories and your apps will be sorted.

add category

To delete a category, long press the icon and tap the “Trash” icon to delete it.

delete category

These solutions are not exactly like iOS 14 App Library, but they allow you to automatically organize apps. It can be difficult to sort dozens of apps on your phone. Hope these solutions can help you.

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