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iPhone Home-screen Etiquette

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Hey all!

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of X1Zero’s Corner.

Today’s post will be a quick tip on keeping your iPhone home-screen organized.

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Home-screen Etiquette

As many of you know, the iPhone Home-screen is where all your icons are on the phone. More specifically, anywhere you see your icons (SMS, Phone, Mail, etc) is your home-screen. Well, if you are like me, your initial (first) home-screen is getting a little cluttered and unorganized with stock iPhone Apps and likely the many new ones you have downloaded. In order to clean this up and make it more organized, the iPhone allows you to move your icons around and have up to nine home-screens in total.

In order to move your icons around, simply place your finger on any icon on your home-screen and hold your finger there until all of the icons begin to wiggle. At this point, you can remove your finger. Now, place your finger on the icon(s) that you want to move around and hold your finger in place on the icon. As you move your finger along the iPhone screen, the icon will move with you. If you drag your finger close to the edge of the iPhone screen, you will create a new home-screen. Finally, when you are happy with where the icon is, just let go of the icon by raising your finger and the icon will settle in its new position. Now push the home button to stop the wiggle and done! Furthermore, you can swipe left and right along the screen move between home screens.

What I find fantastic about this feature is you can make multiple home-screens and have specific icons on the different home-screens. For example, I have four home-screens. One has all of the stock iPhone Apps, the second screen is website icons, the third screen is games, and the last screen are additional applications downloaded from the AppStore. Using the method detailed above, you to can make themed and organized home-screens.

The advantage to grouping icons together like this is being able to quickly access a particular icon faster, instead of searching for it among all the unrelated icons, plus, it just looks better. For example, on iPhoneFan’s home-screen, it takes him about an hour (exaggerated) to find an App when I ask him to find one for me, however for me, I just head to my Applications home-screen and DONE!

So, I hope you all give this a try. This feature is pretty well known, but I still bump into people that get terrified when all the icons on their phone begin to wiggle! So, if you bump into someone like this, enlighten them with your knowledge of Home-screen�Etiquette!!!

If you have any questions/comments, please post them below!

Enjoy!

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  • iPhone Fan: jailbroken iPhone 3G
    X1Zero: too scared to jailbreak

    iPhone Fan: Winz

  • iPhone Fan: jailbroken iPhone 3G
    X1Zero: too scared to jailbreak

    iPhone Fan: Winz

  • iPhone Fan: jailbroken iPhone 3G
    X1Zero: too scared to jailbreak

    iPhone Fan: Winz

  • X1Zero

    🙂

  • X1Zero

    🙂

  • X1Zero

    🙂

  • Bud Colby

    And when an update for an App. downloaded and synced, it sure would be nice if it was left where you had it placed, and on the home screen that you had it on.

    THAT WOULD BE HOME SCREEN EDIQUITTE!!!

  • Bud Colby

    And when an update for an App. downloaded and synced, it sure would be nice if it was left where you had it placed, and on the home screen that you had it on.

    THAT WOULD BE HOME SCREEN EDIQUITTE!!!

  • Bud Colby

    And when an update for an App. downloaded and synced, it sure would be nice if it was left where you had it placed, and on the home screen that you had it on.

    THAT WOULD BE HOME SCREEN EDIQUITTE!!!

  • Bud Colby

    O.K., No more yelling. 🙂

  • Bud Colby

    O.K., No more yelling. 🙂

  • Bud Colby

    O.K., No more yelling. 🙂

  • Jan

    Yours doesn’t? Hummm… I guess that’s too bad. Is your’s Jailbroken? Cuz mine is, and my apps stay right where I put them.

  • Jan

    Yours doesn’t? Hummm… I guess that’s too bad. Is your’s Jailbroken? Cuz mine is, and my apps stay right where I put them.

  • Jan

    Yours doesn’t? Hummm… I guess that’s too bad. Is your’s Jailbroken? Cuz mine is, and my apps stay right where I put them.

  • Same here… but thats after i upgraded to 2.1 so i guess its a new feature?

  • Same here… but thats after i upgraded to 2.1 so i guess its a new feature?

  • Same here… but thats after i upgraded to 2.1 so i guess its a new feature?

  • Harry

    My Icons alway returns to the same place where I left em when i update via mobile app store + my iphone is jailbroken too. I know that if u touch the app while its downloading (which will pause the download) then after you resume it, it will not return the icon to its origional location

  • Harry

    My Icons alway returns to the same place where I left em when i update via mobile app store + my iphone is jailbroken too. I know that if u touch the app while its downloading (which will pause the download) then after you resume it, it will not return the icon to its origional location

  • Harry

    My Icons alway returns to the same place where I left em when i update via mobile app store + my iphone is jailbroken too. I know that if u touch the app while its downloading (which will pause the download) then after you resume it, it will not return the icon to its origional location

  • Ben

    You have to update to 2.1 to have the app icons stay where they are after updates.

  • Ben

    You have to update to 2.1 to have the app icons stay where they are after updates.

  • Ben

    You have to update to 2.1 to have the app icons stay where they are after updates.

  • Bud Colby

    No, still jailed.

  • Bud Colby

    No, still jailed.

  • Bud Colby

    No, still jailed.

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, 2.1, and I don’t touch anything during download or install. Dammit, it looks like it’s just me then!

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, 2.1, and I don’t touch anything during download or install. Dammit, it looks like it’s just me then!

  • Bud Colby

    Yup, 2.1, and I don’t touch anything during download or install. Dammit, it looks like it’s just me then!

  • SK13

    lol did you run out of things to talk about on here?

  • SK13

    lol did you run out of things to talk about on here?

  • SK13

    lol did you run out of things to talk about on here?

  • generalinq

    what happens if you install an additional app but no more room on the home screen? How do you access the app?

  • generalinq

    what happens if you install an additional app but no more room on the home screen? How do you access the app?

  • Another tip thanks to Leo LaPorte from the Mac Break Weekly podcast.

    Leave a space on the “Quick App Bar” (for want of a better phrase) at the bottom of you iPhone. Now if you want to move an icon from page 1 to page 4 for example, load it onto the bar, scroll to page 4 then unload it! Saves that annoying drag and drop, drag and drop, drag and drop method.

  • Another tip thanks to Leo LaPorte from the Mac Break Weekly podcast.

    Leave a space on the “Quick App Bar” (for want of a better phrase) at the bottom of you iPhone. Now if you want to move an icon from page 1 to page 4 for example, load it onto the bar, scroll to page 4 then unload it! Saves that annoying drag and drop, drag and drop, drag and drop method.

  • Bud Colby

    Well I, for one, don’t know for sure, but I would imagine the OS would simply just open another home page.

  • Bud Colby

    Well I, for one, don’t know for sure, but I would imagine the OS would simply just open another home page.

  • Bud Colby

    Well I, for one, don’t know for sure, but I would imagine the OS would simply just open another home page.

  • generalinq

    No I meant after all 9 pages are full.

  • generalinq

    No I meant after all 9 pages are full.

  • generalinq

    No I meant after all 9 pages are full.

  • Matt

    Nope, my app icons also moved after I updated to 2.1

  • Matt

    Nope, my app icons also moved after I updated to 2.1

  • Matt

    Nope, my app icons also moved after I updated to 2.1

  • Adam

    their is a 10th page that you cannot see that is used for apps as they install

  • Adam

    their is a 10th page that you cannot see that is used for apps as they install

  • Bud Colby

    Great plan!! I like it!!

  • Bud Colby

    Great plan!! I like it!!

  • Bud Colby

    ooooohh!! I would imagine you would just have to decide which apps you could live without??

  • Bud Colby

    ooooohh!! I would imagine you would just have to decide which apps you could live without??

  • Bud Colby

    ooooohh!! I would imagine you would just have to decide which apps you could live without??

  • Anonymous

    etiquette – definition: the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in society in general or in a specific social or professional group or situation

    I don’t believe this ‘tip’ would be considered etiquette.

  • Anonymous

    etiquette – definition: the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in society in general or in a specific social or professional group or situation

    I don’t believe this ‘tip’ would be considered etiquette.

  • Anonymous

    etiquette – definition: the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in society in general or in a specific social or professional group or situation

    I don’t believe this ‘tip’ would be considered etiquette.

  • X1Zero

    Hey Anonymous,

    I am flattered you took the time out of your busy schedule to find that definition for me. Thank you. I will be changing the title of this story POST-HASTE!
    *walks out of the room laughing*

  • X1Zero

    Hey Anonymous,

    I am flattered you took the time out of your busy schedule to find that definition for me. Thank you. I will be changing the title of this story POST-HASTE!
    *walks out of the room laughing*

  • X1Zero

    Hey Anonymous,

    I am flattered you took the time out of your busy schedule to find that definition for me. Thank you. I will be changing the title of this story POST-HASTE!
    *walks out of the room laughing*

  • Teebs

    What is this, AMATURE HOUR!?

  • Teebs

    What is this, AMATURE HOUR!?

  • Teebs

    What is this, AMATURE HOUR!?

  • I was asking myself the same thing! Let’s get back on topic!!

  • I was asking myself the same thing! Let’s get back on topic!!

  • I was asking myself the same thing! Let’s get back on topic!!

  • X1Zero

    Teebs,

    Your post just made iPhoneFan and I laugh. You just won yourself a free case from Griffin.
    Send me an email with your contact address!

  • X1Zero

    Teebs,

    Your post just made iPhoneFan and I laugh. You just won yourself a free case from Griffin.
    Send me an email with your contact address!

  • Jeff

    Not exactly on topic but i have a broken iPhone running 1.1.4 and can’t seem to transfer applications from my macbook to my iPhone. I downloaded the apps from the Apple website to the mac. Do I need a newer OS (2.0 or 2.1) and if I do won’t that make the phone unbroken?

  • Jeff

    Not exactly on topic but i have a broken iPhone running 1.1.4 and can’t seem to transfer applications from my macbook to my iPhone. I downloaded the apps from the Apple website to the mac. Do I need a newer OS (2.0 or 2.1) and if I do won’t that make the phone unbroken?

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