Organising Your iPhone & iPad

How to organize your iPhone and iPad

Just like decluttering your desktop space by deleting unused apps can help you stay focused, organising your remaining apps can make it much easier and more fun to use your device. 

Rearranging Apps

To rearrange apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" then, arrange the apps by dragging them. Press the home button to save your arrangement.

Organising your apps

Organising your apps

Organizing your iPhone by Using Home Screens

It makes sense to want the apps that we most often use on our main home screen. One way to keep the rest of your apps organised and easy to find, is to sort them onto different home screens. For example, you could use one home screen for social media apps, one for utilities and so on. 

Reduce Clutter by Creating Folders

You can reduce the clutter by grouping apps together in folders. For example, gather all of your photography apps in one folder. To create a folder, tap and hold the app until all the apps start jiggling. Now drag one of the apps onto another. This will create the folder and give it a default name which you can edit if you like. If you want to add more apps to the folder, keep dragging them into the folder. When you’ve finished creating your new folder, tap the Home button to stop the jigging.


It can be helpful to name your folders by action. For example, instead of using a category like "productivity" you might name a folder "organise" or "do". Instead of "media" you might consider "reading", "play" or "learn". 

Help, I Can't Find an App!

What if you can't find an app that you put in a folder, but now you can’t remember which folder!? 

To locate your app, start by navigating to your home screen. wipe to the right to activate spotlight search and type in the name of the app you're looking for. 

In iOS7: swipe down on any page of your homescreen to reveal the search bar.

Using the Dock for Easy Access to Apps You Use Frequently 

For apps you use frequently, you can create a shortcut to make those apps easily available on every page. Tap and hold an app. When they start to jiggle, drag the app or folders of apps to the bottom of the screen (dock). This will help you to find an app quickly, no matter which page you're on. To remove an app from the dock, simply press and hold the icon and drag it out of the dock and back onto your screen.

A folder in the dock

Put a Folder in the Dock

To drag a folder into the dock, you will have to create it first on the screen, then drag it to the dock. 

Organising Your Device With iTunes

You can organise your apps via iTunes if you prefer. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Select your device and tap Apps.

Select an app and drag it to move it to a different page. You can create folders the same way by dragging an app into another app and optionally renaming the folder. 

Organising Your Smartphone & Tablet

There are many ways to organise and make your iPhone or iPad your own. When you've started to buy some apps and know more about how you like to use your smartphone or tablet, a little time spent organising can save time, increase your productivity and make your device more fun and easy to use.

Decluttering Your iPhone & iPad

How to declutter you iPhone, iPod and iPad
Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

Decluttering your iPhone. Deleting apps you no longer use. 

With the sheer number of apps available, it's fun and often inexpensive to try out new, exciting apps. It can easily become a bit of an addiction (do you ever feel like an appoholic?), and you wind up with so many apps that your smartphone (or tablet) becomes a cluttered mess. 

Just like on your computer, unused software takes up extra room on your tablet or smartphone’s storage and makes it harder to find the apps you do use. Cleaning out and organising the apps you use frequently makes it easier for you to focus and find what you need and enjoy to use. It also frees up extra space and helps your device run smoother.

Deleting Unused Apps

To uninstall apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod or iPad), press and hold the app you want to remove until it "wobbles" and then tap the small “X” that appears in the corner to uninstall it. 

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.

Using iTunes to declutter your apps.


When you connect your device to iTunes, you can get a quick overview of the different types of apps you've installed. 

You can view your apps by Category by using the ‘Sort By’ button. This will give you a picture of the types of apps you've got. For example, if you've got several apps with a similar function, you might like to delete the ones you don't use.  Alternatively, you might like to remove apps that take a lot of space. 

What if I Change my Mind? 

If you change your mind you can restore an app that you used to have, directly from your iPhone, iPod or iPad. You won't be charged twice for an app or in-app purchase, provided you use the same iTunes account login. Open the App Store, search for the app and reinstall it. It’s that easy. 

When You've decluttered your iPhone or iPad, it'll be so much easier to organise your remaining apps

Resources for Mobile Photography


I'm putting together a new free Resource Section with essential tools and tutorials for mobile art and photography. The first part is a list of go-to apps for your mobile photography. 

The next part will be a selection of superb apps for artistic photo-manipulation and editing, the third part will be a roundup of fantastic apps for painting or applying painterly effects, the fourth will list excellent sources for royalty free textures and clipart and the fifth will be a list of the key resources I use for my creative business. 

Focus is around the best photo apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but when possible, I also list apps for Android, Windows Phone, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire, as well as desktop companions for Mac, Windows and Linux. 

When I've completed all of this, I'm going to create free PDFs for Members of Club Marmalade Moon, that you can save and refer to over and over again.

Here's the first part: 8 Essential Apps for Mobile Photography. This is a list of top apps, 8 must-have apps in any mobile photographer’s tool kit. Check it out

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad ​

How to Save an Image to your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Saving pictures from websites or emails on to the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone is very easy and comes in handy when you want to change your wallpaper or create mobile art. 

How To Save Images from Your Browser

  1. From Safari, navigate to the image you want to save
  2. Tap and hold on the image until the pop-up selection menu appears, then tap “Save Image”
  3. You'll find the saved image on your Photos app

How to Save Images from Your Email

  1. Open the email with the images
  2. Tap and hold on an image and select “Save Image” from the pop-up menu. If there are several images and you want to save them all, tap “Save # Images”
  3. Open your Photos app to find the images you saved 
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from Safari to your iPhone, iPod and iPad
How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to save images from email to your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to Change the Wallpaper on your iPhone, iPod and iPad

How to Change the Wallpaper on your iPhone, iPod and iPad

One of the fun things about the iPhone (iPad and iPod touch) is that you can customise the wallpaper to make your device personal. It can be a fun way to express your personal taste. You could use a photo you've taken yourself, or find a wallpaper you like at one of the many online resources for wallpapers, save it to your device and use it as a backdrop.  

There are actually two different kinds of wallpaper you can change. First the Lock Screen, the screen that you see when you wake up your iPhone to unlock it. Next the Home Screen, the image you see behind your apps. You can either use the same image for both screens, or use different ones for each screen. 

How to set your wallpaper

  1. Tap on Settings
  2. In the Settings screen select Brightness & Wallpaper
  3. Tap Wallpaper
  4. Now you'll have several options. This includes Wallpaper (Apple's pre-installed selection of Wallpapers), Camera Roll (pictures taken with your built-in camera), photos taken with any photo apps, or the names of folders you've synced to the phone. Pick the collection you want to use as a wallpaper by tapping it
  5. Select the image you'd like to use as a wallpaper by tapping it. If it's a photo, you can adjust the photo by moving and scaling it (if it's one of the built in wallpapers, you can't zoom in or adjust it). When you're happy, tap Set (or Cancel if you change your mind).
  6. Next, choose if you want to set this image for your home screen, lock screen, or both. Tap the option you prefer, or tap Cancel if you've changed your mind.

You're done! 


You can make a photo library in iTunes for your iPhone wallpapers and name it something like iPhone Wallpapers to easily find wallpapers you want to use on your iPhone.

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