How do you organize your Apps?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Jack Flash, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    #1
    When I first started to use the AppStore I had a very disorganized system for managing my Apps. I decided to think over the problem and looked at the different kinds of Apps I had.

    Eventually I decided on four categories; Productivity, Media, Games and Utilities. I assigned them pages in that order. While I limit myself to just 16 apps per page (and 68 total) I've found this is the optimal usage of the "canvas" the iPhone provides. To help locating an App I alphabetize inside the categories.

    And example of my system can be seen below:

    Productivity
    1. Amazon Mobile
    2. Bank of America
    3. Calendar
    4. eBay Mobile
    5. Evernote
    6. Feeds
    7. Maps
    8. Nimbuzz
    9. Notes
    10. PayPal
    11. Safari
    12. Stocks
    13. Twinkle
    14. USA Today
    15. Weather
    16. Wikiamo

    Media
    1. AppStore
    2. Classics
    3. Music
    4. Now Playing
    5. Pandora
    6. Photos
    7. Remote
    8. Scribble
    9. Simplify Media
    10. Videos
    11. YouTube
    12. iTunes

    Games
    1. Amateur Surgeon
    2. Chopper
    3. Crossbones
    4. Enigmo
    5. Fieldrunners
    6. JellyCar
    7. MotionX Dice
    8. Moto Chaser
    9. Paper Football
    10. Rolando
    11. Snail Mail
    12. Texas Hold’Em
    13. Topple
    14. Touch Physics
    15. Trace

    Utilities
    1. Calculator
    2. Clock
    3. Keynote Remote
    4. Light
    5. Settings
    6. Speed Test
    7. TipStar
    8. Units
    9. WiFinder

    Dock
    1. 1Password (Utilities)
    2. Mail (Productivity)
    3. Things (Productivity)
    4. Facebook (Productivity)

    I keep a list on my Mac as a means of backing up this information. For the Apps in the Dock I record what category they were originally placed in in the event I switch something out.

    So, how do YOU organize your App Store Apps?
     
  2. DavieBoy macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Good idea taking notes of what order my apps are in, I love to restore my phone to keep it sharp, then i go through hell figuring out where I had everything.


    My dock is
    Phone
    SMS
    Mail
    Settings
    These seem to be things I need all the time. Or they are the communication portion of my phone.

    Also I never use the bottom row because I like the separation of Apps from the communication.

    Page 1 - All the stock apps

    Page 2 - Utility Apps
    Remote, iCam, Remote Pad, AIM
    PhoneFlix, TiVo*, IMDB*, eBay
    Air Sharing, MobileFiles, Filemagnet, Flashlight.

    I know i have 2 redundant apps, airsharing was free and is the best but i already paid money for filemagnet so it stays for now.

    Page 3 - News, search and sports
    NYTimes, msnbc*, Abc News, USA Today
    Google, Wikipedia*, GraigSearch, Netflix Instant Queue.
    ESPN*, Yankees*, Mets*, MLB*

    Page 4 - Quotes, Jokes, ect
    Simpsons Quotes* Groucho Marx Quotes*, Family Guy Quotes*, iChuck
    Now Playing, Koi Pond, Hypnosis, Speed Test
    Apple.com*, my job's website*, Google Docs of my 1000+ dvd collection*, Endless walls.

    Page 5 - Games
    Ironman, Lego Batman, Batmobile, Texas Holdem'
    Asphalt4, Motochaser, Gromag Rally, Crash Cart
    Guitar Rock Tour, Puzzloop, Bejeweled 2, Pool

    Page 6 - Games continued
    ToyBot, ToyBot 2, Pinball RC, Domino
    iMindsweeper, Mr. Sodoko (thanks machiest), Air Hockey, Tris
    BreakClassic, Labyrinth LE, Four Free, Checkers

    Page 7 - More Games
    Video Poker, Live Poker, 21 Pro, iSlots
    Sol Free Solitare, Tunnels, Tic Tac Toe, Space Monkey
    RhinoBall, Audi A4, OmNomNom, Zombie

    Page 8 and 9 other junk
    Adlibs, TouchReflex (Captain Marvel Icon), Shazam, Dark Knight, Lightsaber, ESPN Cameraman, Bubblewrap, MiniPiano, More Cowbell, App Store and iTunes store, Contacts, AOL Radio,iheartradio.....


    * = website or webapp
     
  3. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    Great thread!

    1st Page: Default icons, and contacts

    2nd Page: Arcade bowl, cannon, dance, digidrummer, fieldrunners, flick bowling, flick fishing, icopter, ocarina, papi jump +, removem, rick pro, tap tap, tetris, wurdle

    3rd Page: App Sniper, Balance, Facebook, iheartradio, newsstand, pandora, shazam, slacker, TWC, twinkle, wunder radio

    4th Page: Cydia, Winterboard
     
  4. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    I'm not as organised as the rest of you!

    First page is original apps, with contacts, and then my most favorite app.
    Then it's just descending order from most to less used starting from page 2
     
  5. KRAPPS macrumors 6502

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    #5
    Cool thread ... love to read how others organize to get/implement ideas

    Dock = Phone, iPod, Camera & Favorater

    1st Page = most original apps except no Maps, Stocks, Notes, Contacts, Contacts, Weather, Settings .... then a "mixture" of app I use most: The Weather Channel, Byline, TextLater & Twittelator Pro

    2nd and 3rd Pages = Utilities & Misc: Evernote, Air Sharing, Shazam, Mobile Fotos, eBay, Sportacular, i.TV, Easy Wi-Fi, Facebook, etc.

    4th Page = Games

    5th Page & Beyond = pending apps (KRAPPS) for review on blog
     
  6. domness macrumors 6502a

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    #6
    My first page is the very original that comes with the iPhone, the dock is the same too (I sometimes hate change!)

    The second page is for my most used other apps, ie. Twinkle, Cydia, Beejive, Facebook, MMS (And my own apps).

    The third page contains random cool games, and my fourth page contains jailbroken apps.
     
  7. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Well I'm kinda organized. I only have apps that I definitely use every day or so and some apps for fun.

    On the Dock, its just Safari, Mail, SMS and iPod because I use them most often.

    On the first page, its all the standard apps plus facebook.

    On the second page, its all the games. Snail Mail, 7cities TD, Scoops, Tap Tap Revenge, 2079, cro-mag(I don't use this a lot but just keep it, in case I get bored), Fuzzle, Crash, Feint I, Monopoly, DropShip, Dr. Awesome and others.

    On the third page are all the productivity apps/ media apps like Shazam, Pandora, NetNewsWire (which I use every day btw), Evernote, Air Sharing, Ocarina, USA today, Pianist, Now Playing, Palringo and I can't remember others. Haha.

    Yep, I only have three pages of apps. I used to fill all nine but found my sync timings really going down and the iPhone slowing down at times.
     
  8. LostLogik macrumors 6502a

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    Well I tried to be organized but find that new additions always muck that up because of the constant shuffling needed. But generally it is most used apps on page 1 and 2, followed by Utilities and Games. That's the loose line up but as I now have 6 pages, it sort of got a bit muddled.

    Dock
    Smart Dial, Mail, Safari, iPod

    Page 1
    Weather, Calc, Phone, Photos
    Camera, Calendar, Clock, Contacts
    Text, Notes, App Store, Facebook
    Settings, OmniFocus, eWallet, NetNewsWire

    Page 2
    Maps, FourTack, Chords, PhotoFrame
    BeatMaker, Noise.io Pro, DataCase, Remote
    Truphone, Nimbuzz, Beejive, MyRail Lite
    Mobile Files, BibleReader, PockeMoney, AppSniper

    Page 3
    Guitarist, iTunes, eBay, Google
    NightTime, EasyWifi, Printer, HP iPrint
    iNeedStuff, Shozu, iTalk, The Times (bookmark)
    HandBase, COED&T, Jaadu VNC, Snatch

    Page 4
    TV Plus, Cube Runner, TanZen, X-Plane
    WunderRadio, Scrabble, Photogene, Chopper
    Crash Kart, iBlogger, Hanoi, MMS
    Ocarina, Uno, BetaTesting game #1 (can't name), Whack'emAll

    Page 5
    Guitar Hero, Warfare Inc, BetaTesting game #2, Pro Football
    iPint (why's that still there!!), MeterRead, YouTube, Dice
    Stocks, Koi Pond, Shakespeare, Fieldrunners
    Lux Touch, Sim City, BlueSkies, Inotia

    Page 6
    MyDelicious, iShoot, Model Train, BIA
    BetaTest game #3,
     
  9. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    Dock: Music, Video, Mail, App store

    Page 1: Default apps.

    Page 2: Interwebs/social networking apps.

    Amazon
    google
    facebook
    myspace
    beejive

    Page 3: Paid-for games.

    Crash bandicoot
    Monkey Ball
    Bejeweled2
    Tetris
    TapTarget (was free)
    Topple (got it as a promo)
    fingerboarding game (forget the name...forgot touch at home :()
    Simcity

    Page 4: Free Games

    alot!!

    Page 5: Free Games cont'd

    alot!!

    Page 6: WoW apps. :D

    Again...can't recall actual names.
    Characters (armory)
    Server Status (see if my server is up yet on tuesdays :) )
    ... (looking up items from instances/raid drops)
    ... (talent spec app...awesome murloc sound effect :) )
     
  10. Zincous macrumors 6502

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    I love this question. It's really neat to see how other people organize their apps. Since I have such a system for myself set in place.

    Here's how I do it:

    Dock- Phone, SMS, Mail, Safari
    1st page- Stock apps
    2nd page- My best/Favorite/Most used Utilities/productivity and social networking apps.
    3rd page- My secondary useful utilities and productivity apps.
    4th page- My best games
    5th page- Next best games
    6th page- Next best games
    7th page- Next best games
    8th page- Next best games
    9th page- Random crap/just testing out apps before I delete them.

    Each page is separately alphabetized. And the most I put on a page is 14. I use the two spaces in the bottom right corner as extra space and a place for me to place and swipe my finger to go through the pages (so I don't accidentally open up an app, and so I have room when moving all my apps around)
     
  11. Yasic macrumors member

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    I never know what's best for me but right now it's like this:

    Page 1: Most used
    SMS
    Calendar
    Photos
    Camera
    Weahter
    Youtube
    Calc
    Contacts
    Maps
    Facebook
    Fring
    Files
    Remote
    Clock
    App Store
    Settings

    Page 2: Web Tools
    Translator
    Geopedia
    Mobile News
    NYTimes
    Locly
    Wikipanion
    Air Shairing
    Several Links
    Google Earth
    teXXas
    Hotcity
    Television
    Accu Weather
    TV Movie

    Page 3: Games for short gaming sessions
    TanZen
    Hanoi
    Skippy Lite
    Sol Free
    Labyrinth
    Tris
    Brain Tuner Lite
    Fuzzle
    Bejeweled
    Trism
    Darts
    Done Drinking
    iShoot Lite

    Page 4: Games for longer gaming sessions
    DizzyBee
    Cro-Mag
    Monkey Ball
    TapTap
    Asphalt
    ToyBot
    Bugdom
    vegasPool
    RhinoBall
    MotoChaser
    iFishingLite
    Armado
    Touchgrind

    Page 5: Music
    Tuner
    midomi
    Guitar ToolKit
    Karajan...
    zxilophone
    Pianist
    Scratch
    Band
    Beatmaker
    Decibel
    Ocarina
    RjDj Single

    Page 6: Misc
    Scribble
    Notes
    iTunes
    Flashlight
    Clinometer
    Vringo
    Speedtest
    Stocks
    nature SDS
    Easy Relax
    Drinks Free
    Big Oven
    iFitness
    PhotoBuddy
     
  12. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    #12
    These are mine in order and my last page is all the left over stuff I do not use:
     

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  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Page 1: Most Used
    Page 2: Less Used
    Page 3: Least Used

    I find the idea of organizing by categories to be a bit strange. I want my most-used game next to my most-used productivity app. That way I'm not sliding back and forth constantly all day.

    I go down to the other pages when I need them, but going back and forth constantly wouldb be really annoying.
     
  14. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020

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  15. trentiles macrumors member

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    Mine is set up the same way. Out of the 4 screens of apps I have I probably only use a handful of those on a daily basis, so those are up front.
     
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I probably spend my time like this:

    Page 1: 45%
    Page 2: 50%
    Page 3: 5%

    I used to have a page 4, but as it was used even less than page 3 I decided I could live without those apps.
     
  17. KRAPPS macrumors 6502

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    I wish there was a way to organize these apps online/iTunes and then sync back to your iPhone ... freaking pain to drag those shaking icons through pages of apps in efforts to find its new home.
     
  18. OneMike macrumors 601

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    I use 5 icon doc then four icons at the top and everything else organized in four category folders "apps," "games," "tools" and "settings."

    Works best for me.

    Without using the category app I folded the same order .
     

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