Using and understanding the Apple App Library

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image: POCKET-LINT – In September 2020, Apple released iOS 14 with a new feature called App Library to make it easier to keep track of all the applications you’ve downloaded.

When you utilize App Library, you’ll be able to more easily locate your favorite or most-used applications on your iPhone. You may save the agonizing moments of trying to recall where the app you need is located on your phone’s Home Screen or in a folder by using this.

This feature cannot be disabled, however it may still be minimized if you aren’t ready for it. As we’ve learned from our experience, once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you survived without it.

Is there a way to discover the App Store?

While on your iPhone’s Home Screen, swipe right to left until you reach your App Library. How many swipes it takes will be determined by the number of applications loaded on your Apple iPhone or iPad. App Library will only be accessible on iPads running iPadOS 15, which will be released in September 2021. This should be noted.

You can find all of your applications in the App Library, where they’re organized into sections depending on categories in the App Store. The Social category includes Instagram and Twitter, while Entertainment includes YouTube.


The App Library may be used for this purpose

Category folders in the App Library have three big App icons and four smaller ones in a square grid at the bottom right corner.

While you can’t rearrange the order in which the applications show or modify the names of the folders, you can do some simple actions to avoid having to go through every program to get the one you need.

There are two more folders, Suggestions and Recently Added, to assist you find the programs you most often use. Suggestions makes use of built-in artificial intelligence (AI) learning to suggest the top four applications you may be interested in, while Recently Added shows you the apps you’ve recently downloaded for faster access.

If you’ve been using the most popular applications in a category, you’ll see them highlighted as one of the three bigger app icons, and the order of the categories changes somewhat each week based on what you’ve been using most.

Using folders on iOS or iPadOS is as simple as clicking on the smaller icons to discover all of the other applications in the folder’s subcategories.


Using the App Store to Find Something

You may search the App Library using the huge search box at the top of the screen, as well as by pressing on the icons. As you type, the number of options decreases. Additionally, the search page gives a quick-access alphabetical alphabet along the right-hand side, which you may utilize in order to skip to the beginning of a letter.


Efficiently accessing the App Store

A lot of people have been using their Home Screen pages to manage their applications for a long time and may now discover that they don’t have to use all of them anymore with the App Library.

In place of deleting applications one at a time, you may instantly conceal a Home Screen so that you can more quickly access the App Library with fewer right-to-left swipes, or you can move your apps about in a tedious manner.

To do so, long press on the Home Screen to make the applications “jiggle” and then touch on the Home Screen dots right above the dock – the number of dots will equal to the number of Home Screen pages you have.

To view all of your Home Screen pages, just tap one of the dots in the navigation bar at the top. There is a circular tick symbol under each one of you that you may untick in order to conceal that page. The good news is that if you change your mind, you can easily click the box again and bring the Home Screen page back at a later time.

It’s as simple as pressing the Done button when your results are perfect.

In the beginning, you’ll undoubtedly wish to conceal one or two pages – presumably the apps you seldom use – but we’ve gradually decreased the amount of Home Screen pages you’ll see there.

However, you must have at least one Home Screen page to begin with.


Placing applications in the App Library

The App Library enables you to conceal applications that you don’t use frequently but want to retain on your phone. Instead of removing the app from your iPhone, you may transfer it to the App Library so it doesn’t appear on a Home Screen.

Keep holding the Home Screen to make applications “jiggle” and then tap and hold the – icon as if removing the app. Instead of “Delete App”, choose “Move to App Library”. However, the App will not be erased from your iPhone.

Where do new Apps go?

If you have iOS 14 or later on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll notice that the first app you download won’t display on the Home screen. Rather, they appear under the Recently Downloaded area in the App Library, rather than on the Home Screen.

If you don’t like it, you may change it in the Settings app. To ensure that newly downloaded applications are still added to your Home Screen, click to Settings > Home Screen and choose “Add to Home Screen” or “App Library Only”.

This page also lets you choose whether or not to display Notification Badges in the App Library. We tried it and it fast becomes congested since it doesn’t indicate which app the notice is for.

Icons with no names

The App Library is simple to use and rational in its approach, but keep in mind that it eliminates the names of your programs on first sight.

That’s OK for big applications like Twitter or Instagram, but not so much for games or apps that don’t have recognizable logos. Expect some app icons to alter when developers realize that a little square doesn’t fully convey what the app is.