March 6, 2015

How to create a folder [Android 101]

Android 101

Creating folders for your Android home screen is an easy way to organize your apps. They help you easily find applications so you don’t need to go looking for them in your app drawer every time you need to use it. Here is how to create a folder on your Android!

KEEP IN MIND: Not all Android phones are the same. Some will have more steps required to complete each task, others will have less. At AndroidGuys, we will do our best to walk you through each task as well as we can.

Step 1: Find your apps

First, find the apps you’d like grouped together. Some folders that we find particularly useful are “Music”, “Photos”, “Social Networking”, or “Utilities”. Of course, you don’t need to follow those if you don’t want to!

Step 2: Drag & drop

Folders 1

Once you have an idea of what apps you’d like in your folder, find an app in your app drawer. Long press it and drag it over to another app you’d like in your folder. When hovering over the application, you should see a circle around the app. Let go of the application that you’re holding on to, and that’s it. If you’d like to rearrange the apps in your folder, long press one of them, and move it to where you’d like.

Step 3: Rename the folder

Folder 2

Renaming the folder is a must if you’d like to remember where you put all of your apps. Once you click on the folder, you should see the title “Untitled folder” or something of that sort. Click on that, and your keyboard should pop up to let you rename it. Once you type in the new name, press the enter key on your keyboard, and your keyboard should go away.

Deleting folders

Folders 3

If you’d like to delete a folder, long press on the folder and drag it up to the “Remove” notice on the top of the screen. This is the same process for removing apps from your home screen.

You don’t, however, need to remove the folder completely to get rid of it. If you’d like to remove an application from the folder, long press it and drag it anywhere you’d like: to another part of your home screen or to the “Remove” section.

Note: removing apps from your home screen doesn’t remove them from your device.

Still having trouble? Head to the comments and we will do our best to help you out! If there is anything you would like to suggest to AndroidGuys or to any other readers, feel free to use the comment section below!



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22 Comments

    • Lori
      Reply

      R U serious? The App drawer just means open all your Apps. It should look like a lil group of dots, it brings up ALL of your Apps. As far as the directions for making the folder were as simplistic as it gets. What’s not to understand?

      • Di
        Reply

        Are you serious! !!!, of your remark.your redundant. You have low self-esteem. You must answer to your parents and other people like your so smart and you know it all. You remind me of my brother in law. He so insecure he puts everyone down to lift himself up. We can’t stand being around him.

        • Wendy E. Galecki Polk
          Reply

          Diane –

          Yay! You tell her. I appreciate those with respect for others and cannot tolerate yhose who lack it! Kudos!

    • chloe
      Reply

      You’re clearly retarded then! What on earth are you doing with a phone like the HTC Desire, when you don’t know how to use it?!

    • Kat
      Reply

      Im sorry for the rude comments on ur ? I hope u got help. Not all of us tech savvy ppl r like that

  1. Donna Jackmon-Hart
    Reply

    My gallery of proverbs and pictures have 2 -3 duplications I have attempted to delete and they keep coming back. Also contacts that are deleted the same problem. I’m a senior and very impatient and I don’t want to keep reading on how to do this. I’m not the smartest smart phone, Facebook user by a long shot but I would think Delete means Goodbye.

  2. Lorrie
    Reply

    I love using folder’s. It’s so much easier to find your apps. The problem I have is that the folders are too small. I like to see the actual app picture. The folders only holds 4 apps that you can see the picture of it. Is there a way there enlarge the folders. I’m getting older and can’t see close up very well even with reader glasses. I love Nova Launcher, but I’m using the free version. Would the paid version have larger folders? If I put more than 4 apps in a folder and label it, I’ll forget what I put in it. Is there other launchers that would help. Maybe a launcher for old people.

    • Ryan
      Reply

      try everything launcher it automatically pits your apps in folders and u can put as many as u want in a folder and u can also make your own folders or modify the ones that it has made for u or delete them all together, I’ve used Nova launcher and everything Launcher is my favorite, hope this helps

  3. Wendy Galecki Polk
    Reply

    Lori, Georgianna posted an honest question. Not everyone is tech-savvy. Perhaps she just purchased her first smartphone. Perhaps that model on the advice of a friend. The point is, she was seeking an answer to a problem she is having. Instead of choosing to assist her, you responded, as did others, in a fashion designed to both demean and shame this woman. Why would you choose to do that to someone you don’t even know? The words we use can be very damaging to people. Don’t you care about the feelings of others? When you have a question, and we ALL do at some point in our lives, do you wish to be answered in this same fashion? Caring about people is a huge part of being human. What has happened to stop people from caring? What has happened to make people so vicious toward others? The day I got my first computer, eons ago now, I logged onto an online service. At this time the internet was completely text-based and run off Unix systems. If you didn’t know the syntax on the command line, you accomplished nothing. I ran into a problem. I posted a question in a chat-room. I was embarrassed to even have to ask, but I’d never worked on a computer before–ever! A man answered my questions in a way that helped without making me feel stupid. And trust me, I have never been stupid. I am an RN who graduated with high honors and never studied more than three hours per week. This mans attitude piqued my curiosity. I logged on periodically until I ran into him again. That was in April 1991. We were married in June 1994. His gracious assistance to not only myself, but others, earned him respect and friendship the world over. What does your response to Georgianna earn you? Compared to some other responses–you were being nice! I feel sad for people today. Very sad…

    • linda
      Reply

      Wendy, I just posted below, a statement for you. About what you had to say,…
      My name, linda smith. I’ve never posted a comment before. Howevever, your words for me HIT HOME!

    • Kim Whitehead
      Reply

      I thank the person who made people realize that we’re not all tech-smart and don’t live and breathe it every minute of their day,like others.
      We all have our own gifts to offer others.Mine is athletics.
      My 3rd grade teacher told all her students,”The only stupid question is the question not asked.”So luckily i learned at a young age,even if ur nervous…Ask ur question because you’ll find a genuine person that will step up and help u happily.

    • Vesna
      Reply

      Wendy, if only everyone thought, understood & cared like you,,, I couldn’t agree more as i share your thoughts totally. Really hoping that after reading your comments, the lovely people who
      posted such childish responses hang their heads in shame. If not, they should be ashamed. Ur an inspiration!!

    • Kat
      Reply

      Ty i was thinking the same thing! Some ppl r so rude. My parents taught me manners i guess thats something thats lacking in today world.

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