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How to organise the iPhone home screen

Discover how to navigate and customise your iPhone screen

The iPhone Home screen

When you first turn on your iPhone 5, you're brought to the Home screen. Here, you'll see an assortment of icons grouped into rows, and several more icons grouped in the silver Dock along the bottom of the screen. The Home screen is where your apps live, and where you can launch them.

The Dock The silver translucent bar along the bottom of your Home screen is called the Dock. If you've tried swiping between app pages, you'll notice the icons in the Dock don't change; the Dock is for the four apps used most frequently.

Tap and app to open it, and press the Home button to return to the Home screen.

Using and organising apps on the iPhone

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Open and close an app To open an app, all you have to do is tap its icon. Once it's open, you can return to the Home screen at any time by pressing the Home button.

Rearrange and delete apps To rearrange the order of your icons, tap and hold any icon on the Home screen. After a few seconds, all your app icons, including the one you're holding, will start to wiggle, and a small black X will pop up in each icon's top-left corner. Once they do this, you can rearrange any apps on the Home screen, or even drag them into or out of the Dock. If you've installed a third-party app you don't want anymore, you can tap the X to delete it (you cannot delete the apps that came preinstalled on your device). When you're finished, press the Home button, and your icons will stop wiggling and stay in their new location

Use folders A folder is a group of apps, represented by a single icon, on your Home screen. To create a folder, start by pressing and holding your finger on any app icon to enter edit mode; after the icons begin to wiggle, drag an app on top of another app. When you release the app, you'll create a folder, which will open and display both apps. The iPhone will guess at a name for the folder based on the types of apps, but you can change the name of the folder by tapping on its name and editing the text with the keyboard.

The multitasking bar Quickly double-press the Home button and the Multitasking bar will appear below the Dock. This displays the apps most recently run and you can slide left and right. To switch to a different app, tap its icon.

Multitasking shortcuts Swipe right on the multitasking bar for further controls. On the iPhone or iPod touch, you can lock your device's orientation in portrait mode and control the music currently playing on your device.

Search in Spotlight on the iPhone

Swipe right on your Home screen until you reach Spotlight. (If you're on the first Home screen page, pressing your Home button also summons the Spotlight screen.) To search, just type your query in the text box at the top.

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