How Do I Organize iPhone Apps In Alphabetical Order? The Quick Fix!

The Home screen on your iPhone is messy and disorganized and you’re ready to clean it up. However, you don’t want to spend all day tediously dragging apps around the Home screen. In this article, I’ll show you how to organize iPhone apps in alphabetical order quickly using Reset Home Screen Layout!

What Is Reset Home Screen Layout On iPhone?

Reset Home Screen Layout resets your iPhone’s Home screen to its factory default layout. The built-in iPhone apps will be organized exactly how they were when you first turned on your iPhone and any apps you’ve downloaded from the App Store will be placed in alphabetical order.

A Quick Disclaimer About This Method

Before I walk you through how to organize your iPhone apps in alphabetical order, it’s important for you to know that you’ll lose all of your app folders by following the method below. So, if you don’t want to lose the unique folders you’ve created for your apps, you’ll have to manually organize your iPhone apps alphabetically.

Secondly, the built-in iPhone apps such as Safari, Notes, and Calculator won’t be organized alphabetically. This method will only alphabetize apps that you’ve downloaded from the App Store.

How To Organize iPhone Apps In Alphabetical Order

First, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap General. Then tap Reset -> Reset Home Screen Layout.

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When you close out of the Settings app, you’ll see that your apps are organized alphabetically!

As Easy As ABC

Your apps are now organized alphabetically on your iPhone and you’ll have an easier time finding the ones you want to use. Share this article on social media to teach your family and friends how to organize iPhone apps in alphabetical order too!

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Maybe that worked in 1810 but it doesn’t work now.
8 months ago

Maybe that worked in 1810 but it doesn’t work now.

Deborah
11 months ago

David, I followed your instructions to put icons in alphabetical order and nothing happened.

Deborah
11 months ago
Reply to  Deborah

David thank you I figured out on my own.

Pattie
1 year ago

I followed the instructions and my apps still are not in alphabetical order.

KRL
1 year ago
Reply to  Pattie

It didn’t work for me either!

Judith
1 year ago

Extra useful… thank you

Jennifer Dunn
1 year ago

I did everything you told me to do go to General reset reset home screen layout and it’s not working I want it in alphabetical order

Liam Shotwell
1 year ago
Reply to  Jennifer Dunn

If you’re on iOS 14, try going to your home screen and then swiping left until you get to the App Library. At the top, tap the search bar where it says App Library. This will let you browse through your apps alphabetically. I’m currently looking for other solutions for the home screen itself to update this article but this should hopefully be able to help you out until then ?

chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Liam Shotwell

This worked for me

Liam Shotwell
1 year ago
Reply to  chris

I’m glad this was helpful for you! ?

Jim
2 years ago

Did not work \ caused all kinds of problems because it takes them out of folders… not good.

Marina
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

That happened to me! My icons are not organized, just rearranged. Now, I can’t find anything!

Liam Shotwell
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

Yeah, that’s why we added the disclaimer about the folders before we published this article. I’m sorry that happened to you! ? You might be able to arrange some apps into folders at the beginning of the list to help you find them. Since they are now alphabetized, they should be easy to arrange again by long pressing and dragging across the screen.

Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

I took screenshots of all the apps in each folder and saved them. That way I knew what folders I had and what apps were in them.

PamelaT
5 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Great idea! Next time, tho, I am reverting to an Android. I can never find files and folders on this, my 1st iPhone. I am 75, tech savvy, and smart. I hate this iPhone!!!

Andy S
2 months ago
Reply to  PamelaT

i agree… Android is much better

CPalmer
2 years ago

Mines didn’t reset, I’ve done it 3times

Kristi's Cell
2 years ago
Reply to  CPalmer

Mine either

Anne
2 years ago

Reset didn’t put apps in alpha order

Kristi's Cell
2 years ago
Reply to  Anne

Did you ever get advice on alphabetically organizing your aoos

Thelma
2 years ago

Need to set app in alphabetical order

Anonymous
3 years ago

You just made my life so much easier! Thx a million!

Elaine
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I have not been able to get my apps on iPhone in alphabetical order, If you were
I would appreciate your telling me how you did it.

Elaine
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I have not been able to get my apps on iPhone in alphabetical order, If you were
I would appreciate your telling me how you did it. Doesn’t work under reseti nstructions.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Cant alphabetize under reset instructions below. Help Same as Jeani below.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This “fix”removes folders and…. is not ordering as suggested. All my folders are gone so, I will need to “spend all day tediously dragging apps around the Home screen”. Tnx for that.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Thank you

Anonymous
4 years ago

so nano tech. my prompt from reset home screen layout bought up factory settings no other options but thanks for the advise for others.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Works