How to Move Multiple Apps at Once on iPhone Home Screen in iOS 11

iOS 11 added system wide drag and drop functionality for the iPad. Which means you can use more than one finger to interact with the screen. Drag an element with one finger, tap with another, “hold” an element (more on that later) with a third finger. You can do all of this at once. Some of these features are also available on the iPhone.

iPhone’s had a multi touch screen since the first iPhone. But we never used the “multi” part that much. iOS 11 unleashes those shackles. Because of which, moving multiple apps on the Home screen is now much easier.

How to Move Multiple Apps at the Same Time

Let’s face it, up until this moment, the Home screen organization experience has been a bit arcane. You tap and hold on an icon, swipe around and drop it. And when you have to move an app to another page, you just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

In iOS 11, you can hold the app icon(s) with one finger and use another finger to navigate – swipe over to another screen, open a folder and more.

Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Tap and hold on an app icon till it jiggles.

Step 2: Now swipe a bit to move it from its original place. It will follow your finger. This icon has now officially moved from the place and is “docked” under your finger.

Step 3: Tap on other icons and they’ll join the “docked” apps pile under your finger. As long as your finger is on the screen, all these icons will be held together. Swipe your fingers and they’ll move around.


Step 4: Now, use your other finger to swipe to another screen, or to open a folder. Once you’ve found the place where you want to put the icons, simply release your finger.

Home screen reorganization just got a whole lot easier!

What Do You You Think of iOS 11 Multitasking?

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