How To: Move Multiple Home Screen Apps at Once in iOS 11

Move Multiple Home Screen Apps at Once in iOS 11

Apple spent a lot of time addressing user complaints in iOS 11. They slimmed down the volume dialog, made the Control Center customizable, and even gave us the ability to move home screen icons in bulk.

This new home screen gesture will really come in handy when you want to reorganize all of your apps. If you've been casually installing apps without taking the time to put them on the right page or dump them in the proper folder, now's the time to sort them all out — provided you have iOS 11 installed, of course.

Moving Multiple Icons at Once

To move multiple home screen apps at once, start by long-pressing any icon. Once you're in edit mode (the icons will start to wiggle), touch and hold one of the icons you'd like to move, then drag it to an empty area.

From there, while still holding the first icon, use another finger to tap any others you'd like to move. As you tap them, you'll see the icons fly over and move beneath your first finger. Once you've selected all of the apps you'd like to move, just drag them over to a different home screen page and let go. When you do that, all of the icons will be moved at once.

Image by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

How It Works with Folders

But let's say you have some folders you need to rearrange. Well, first, this two-finger gesture works just the same to pick up and move folders, which means that you can just tap any folder or folders to batch select them — even when you've already selected icons. Or, you can start with a folder, then select icons.

The same holds true when you need to move a batch of icons into a folder. So just "pick up" all of the icons you need to move, then hover over an existing folder and let go. You could even create a new folder this way if you'd like — just hover over an icon, then dump the set of icons on top, and a folder will be created.

Moving folders and icons at the same time (left); moving multiple icons into a folder (right).

It's such a small addition, but it's one of those things where you think "Why wasn't it like this already?" How are you enjoying these little finishing touches from iOS 11? Let us know in the comment section below.

Cover image and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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