How to Move Multiple Apps on iOS


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

For those of you who like to rearrange the Home screen on your iPhone and iPad to organize your apps, you might be interested to know that there's a handy little hidden feature for moving multiple apps at one time.

With this option, you can move multiple apps from your Home screen to another screen or into a folder, making organization a breeze.

Here's how to do it:
  1. Press and hold to make all of your apps wiggle, like you'd do to move or delete an app.
  2. With a finger, drag the first app that you want to move away from its initial position.
  3. With a second finger, tap the additional app icons that you want to add to your stack, while keeping the first finger on the first app.
That's all there is to it! Each app that you've tapped will be stacked up with the first app that you dragged. You can assign the entire stack to a folder, or drag it over to a new Home screen page.

If that list of instructions sounds a bit confusing, just check out our video above for a hands-on walkthrough of the steps.

Article Link: How to Move Multiple Apps on iOS


macrumors 6502a
Oct 1, 2012
Learned something new today....this is epic. Cleaned up my kid's iPad with his 3 pages of games.


macrumors 65816
Sep 16, 2014
OMG amazing.

Will save me SO MUCH TIME next time I set up a new iOS device.

Definitely tip of the year. Maybe two years.


macrumors 6502
Aug 5, 2013
Just tried this with my iPhone 7, iOS 12. Can’t get it to work at all.


macrumors regular
Oct 24, 2006
I think iOS 11 or later.

I’m running 12.1.1. Might be model specific.
Just tried this with my iPhone 7, iOS 12. Can’t get it to work at all.

I tried on iPhone 8 ...doesn’t work either. Must be holding it wrong.
Just tried this with my iPhone 7, iOS 12. Can’t get it to work at all.

I tried on iPhone 8. Doesn’t work either. Must be doing something wrong.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 14, 2008
dang did not know this, I would put everything in a folder and then move the folder and then move everything out of the folder
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macrumors 6502
Oct 12, 2009
How does everyone organise their Apps? I just like to have one screen so I have all my daily apps in alphabetical order and the one folder called “occasional apps” for all the other stuff


macrumors 68040
Apr 17, 2017
Cupertino, CA
I always though there was a better way to move multiple apps but this trick is way better. I wonder what is the limit of the amount of apps to move at one time.


macrumors newbie
Feb 13, 2009
I FINALLY got this to work, you can’t just touch the apps, you really have to TAP them
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