How to create Folders on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

This very brief tutorial will guide you through the steps required to create folders for your Apps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

  1. Start out by deciding which Apps you want to put into your new folder. I decided to group all of the Twitter apps on my iPad into one folder, so that’s what I’ll use in this example. Tap and hold down the first App you want to add to the folder, then drag-and-drop it onto another App you want in the same folder.

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  3. A new window will pop up with a “name” section for your new folder (see image below). If you want to change the default name of the folder, tap the small x in the Name field.

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  5. The keyboard will pop up and you can now give your folder a custom name.

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  7. Tap anywhere on the screen to complete the naming process. Now continue to drag other Apps onto this new folder to add them to it.
  8. Once you’re done, click the Home button on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Now you’ll have a new folder icon. Tap it.
  9. The folder will expand and display each of the Apps you placed into it. That’s it – you’re done!

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Tobinart December 25, 2010, 6:14 pm

    I just got an iPad, and this folder creating thing isn’t working! I just wind up chasing files around the screen! Wtf!

  • Ross McKillop December 25, 2010, 6:19 pm

    Tobinart – are you sure your iPad is running the iOS 4+, and not v3?

  • Josue January 6, 2011, 5:00 pm

    Samee problemm im just chasinggg the other app cnt place it on toppp ?

  • Fazal Abbas January 13, 2011, 11:23 am

    OS has to be 4.2+ not just 4. It should work.


  • Kim February 18, 2011, 8:31 am

    this was just what I was looking for, I had no idea how to create folders and it was really bugging me. I’d ended up with 5 pages of apps (Mostly the kids). Now I’m down to 2 so thanks for the tips and keep them coming :-))

  • Magnus March 24, 2011, 11:47 am

    does it work on ipod 3 also?
    when i try their just popping away from each other…

  • John McCarthy March 26, 2011, 8:51 am

    twice l have tried to up date mu ipad from 3.2.2 to 4.3. Itunes says its doing it and it takes ages to down load. Both times my Ipad has been connected but them it is still showing 3.2.2? I want to have fldoers. Can you help

  • Kim March 26, 2011, 8:54 am

    You have to make sure your Ipad is fully updated for it to work, (Make sure your itunes is up to date as well

  • Jacqueline April 1, 2011, 2:59 am

    I am using an Ipod Touch 4th Generation. These instructions were simple and easy to understand. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge! :)

  • Melanie Anderson October 1, 2012, 7:04 am

    I have been searching for
    information on this topic for awhile now. So, really appreciate you taking the
    time to write about it. Truly was difficult to find, so I wanted to post my
    first comment out of gratitude. Thank you =)

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