We received a lot of questions, like the new one iOS 14 App Library works and whether it will mess up the carefully crafted experience in iOS. Here's the short answer: No, the App Library won't rearrange your familiar home screen in any way. You still have complete control over where apps go.
What is the iOS 14 App Library?
The App Library is a feature in iOS 14 that acts as a central repository for all of your apps. Although it wasn't entirely clear to me when Apple announced the App Library, it's a radical rethinking of how App Storage works in iOS.
From the first version of the iPhone via iOS 13, every app you installed on your iPhone was somewhere on one of your home screens. On the Mac, most of your apps are likely to be in the Applications folder, and you can put aliases for your most-used apps in the Dock or on the desktop. Android, the closest competitor to iOS, has always used a paradigm similar to that of the Mac. Each app is displayed in the app drawer, but not necessarily on the start screen. However, you can already add app shortcuts to a home screen on Android.
Until iOS 14, iOS had no concept for shortcuts. An app was either on the home screen or not on your iPhone. The App Library changes that. All apps are in the App Library. They can or no longer have to be displayed on your home screen. That means no longer cluttering your home screen with apps that you want to install but rarely use. You can hide them and only keep the apps that you regularly use on your home screens.
How does the iOS 14 App Library work?
You can find the app library by swiping all the way to the right on your iPhone. However, it does not replace your existing last home screen. It's an extra screen to the right of your last home screen.
The app library shows all of your apps on one screen and automatically organizes them in pre-made folders. The App Library divides your app icons into folders like Social, Utilities, Entertainment, etc. that correspond to the App Store categories. Unfortunately, you cannot rename or rearrange the folders.
Open an App Library folder
The app library presents your apps in ready-made folders. If you'd rather see a full list of all your apps than figuring out which folder might contain a particular app, tap the search box at the top of the screen or swipe down on the app library screen. Here the app library presents your apps in alphabetical order.
Where are new apps going?
All newly downloaded apps are only moved to the iOS 14 App Library and are not displayed on the home screen. If you want to see all new apps on your home screen by default, go to Settings> Home screen and enable "Add to Home Screen".
Can I remove an iPhone app from my home screen without deleting it?
Absolutely. When you remove an app from the home screen, you have the choice of whether to delete it completely from the device or just move it to your app library.
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Is the app library available in iPadOS 14?
No, unfortunately iPadOS 14 does not contain an app library. It's not clear why Apple has so far put this feature on iOS 14 for iPhone and iPod touch. So far, the company has also given no indication of whether the feature will ever migrate to the iPad.
Apple may feel that the iPad's larger screen, which shows more icons at once, eliminates the spatial confusion that users experience on small-screen iOS devices. Another option is for Apple to test the app library in iOS before moving it to iPadOS as well. Although this would be an atypical approach for Apple.