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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs iOS devices
One of the more annoying things about the iPhone is the process of rearranging application icons. When all you could add to your phone's screen were a few web shortcuts, things weren't so bad. But now that you may have 50 or more third-party programs on your iPhone, it can be a real pain to drag newly-installed programs to the proper position on the proper screen. (How about a Mac program to ease the process, Apple?)

This is especially true if each of your screens are completely filled with the maximum of 16 icons, as something will have to shuffle off to another page while you're dragging -- and if you drop the new program onto a full screen, you'll then need to go find the application that got shuffled away, and move that one to its desired location, too.

To avoid this, just leave an empty spot on each screen, placing only 15 icons per screen. This solves the drag-arrange issue noted above. As you drag from screen to screen, no icons will jump off the page, as there's room to fit the one you're dragging around. The other advantage to leaving an empty spot is that -- assuming you only install one program at a time -- newly installed programs will always appear in the final position on the iPhone's main screen. This insures that none of my carefully-arranged pages are messed up by a new app install. I can also easily find the newest addition to my iPhone, and then drag it to the desired screen.

This is a simple tip, but I've found it makes the (still not pleasant) task of placing newly-installed app icons much easier. Of course, it also means you'll need more screens to manage your applications, as you're giving up one icon spot per page. For me, though (at least until I get closer to the 148 program limit), that's a minor inconvenience.
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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: HobbesDoo on Jul 30, '08 08:27:57AM

I like the idea of Apple providing a way to do this on the Mac as well. It's particularly painful when you want to rearrange multiple applications and have to drag them one by one.

The tip is very simple, but nonetheless useful as it can get very messy if your applications just shuffle around without your control.



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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: rhowell on Jul 30, '08 08:46:31AM

OK, so I filled that one open spot with a new app. Now what's the best way to get back that open spot to install another new app?



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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: fracai on Jul 30, '08 09:02:50AM

Drag one of the apps on that screen to a new screen.

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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: Unsoluble on Jul 30, '08 09:06:48AM
The worst part isn't what happens to new apps (installing into the first available spot), it's what happens to existing apps when they're updated: They, too, get moved from where they were to the first empty spot. This is silly, and really ought to be addressed. Drop off a bug report at the support site to make it happen sooner! :)

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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: jbdequardo on Jul 30, '08 07:37:41PM

Agreed. I attempted the same line of thinking as this hint a few days ago and then last night when I added some apps, they were all effed up again and the first page was all full.

Next, I need to google about deleting apps I don't want...

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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: ashevin on Aug 01, '08 05:13:32AM

Delete them in iTunes and sync. That will delete them from your iPod/iPhone.



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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: dangreenberg on Jul 30, '08 02:01:48PM

I heard a hint on macbreak that works well. Leave a space on the bottom dock (that's the downside), drag the new icon down there, change screens and drag it back up. You basically end up using it as a shelf.



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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: vdubya on Jul 30, '08 10:05:45PM

I agree about the "app" to move apps around. I picture a "Spaces" type view where you could drag apps from one screen to the next with ease, and then the next sync would cement them in place.

Until then, I believe if you update the apps in iTunes rather than the phone, they will remain in the same place on your phone so you don't have to do the annoying app shuffle afterwards.



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Ease the task of arranging new App Store installs
Authored by: asmeurer on Jul 30, '08 10:24:08PM

The problem is that the bloody updates always fill in that empty space, instead of just replacing the old app where it was.



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Of little help
Authored by: dan55304 on Jul 31, '08 12:37:29PM

This hint doesn't really help if:
1. You add several at a time
2. You update more than one at a time

I do both of these and have all my apps moved constantly. What a pain.



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or leave whole bottom row empty
Authored by: Krioni on Aug 21, '08 02:38:33PM

On each screen (except the first and second), I leave the whole bottom row empty. The first screen is full and the second screen only has a few icons on it (mostly empty).

Result: All new icons get added to the second screen. The empty rows on the other screens are a convenient place to flick to other screens while in "moving" mode without inadvertently moving an icon.

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