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7 ways to better organise your mobile apps

Posted By: Jason

There are thousands of mobile apps available, which can quickly overcrowd your phone's screen. While apps are meant to improve our lives and efficiency, trying to find them in a plethora of colourful icons can be a frustrating business.

There's no simple method to solve this thorny issue. Plus, with mobile app development snowballing into a burgeoning business, there are bound to be more and more apps available to flood your home-screen in the coming months.

So if you are an app hoarder, then it's time to clear out the junk and find a structure that works for you. Here are our suggestions to better arrange your mobile apps:

1. Verb-based folders

Default category names such as "reference" or "productivity" are common but often vague titles. Instead, think about what you use your phone for and label folder with verbs such as "watch", "learn" and "play" to help you jump to the desired app faster.

2. Colour coding

An app icon is designed to be easily identifiable. Your mind also associates colours much quicker than black and white name labels, so try colour filing to make life run a little more smoothly.

3. Alphabetical order

It might be easier to navigate an A to Z world, so try alphabetising your mobile apps, or the folders that they are placed in.

4. How you hold your phone

Think about how you hold your phone and strategically place your most popular apps in an easy location to access, such as the perimeter of the phone's screen.

5. Themed rows

Instead of using folders to categorise your apps, use a themed row method to group related apps. Try assigning a specific theme or genre to each row, for example "day planning" or "reading apps".

6. Frequency of app usage

Depending on how often you use them, arrange mobile apps on different home screens. Try not to have more than three home screens to keep you phone easily accessible and clean.

7. Emoji Folders

Instead of just using plain text to label your app folders, try making over your folder with emoji-themed labels. For example, a music note symbol could be used for music apps, like Deezer or Spotify.