Manipulating apps on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
After reading my Tips & Tricks # 1 and Tips & Tricks # 2, you should be quite proficient at using your iPad, iPhone and/or iPod Touch. Now it’s time for some helpful housekeeping information so you can clean up, rearrange and manipulate the apps and folders that have accumulated on your device(s).
1. Rearrange Your Application Icons
Tap and hold an app’s icon until it starts jiggling. Keep your finger on the icon while it’s jiggling and drag it to a new location on the screen. To send it to a different page drag it to the left or right edge of the page that it’s on and it will move to the page to the left or right, depending on which side of the screen you’ve moved it. If you put it on top of another app’s icon, it will create a folder (see #2 below). To make the apps stop jiggling, click the HOME button once.
2. Create folders for applications
Having similar apps in folders is a convenient way to find categories of apps; i.e., News, Music, Photography, etc. To create a folder, tap and hold an app’s icon and drag it until it sits on top of another app’s icon. There! A folder just got created!
|Renaming your apps folders is easy!|
3. Rename Folders on your iPad
Now that you’ve created a folder, you might want to change its name to something other than what automatically appeared when the folder was created. Tap and hold the folder until it starts jiggling. Tap any icon in the folder and the folder’s title appears in a white bar. To the right of the title is an “X.” Tap on that X and the name that’s there disappears and the keyboard shows up. Now start typing the new name that you want for the folder, then tap “DONE” on the keyboard and then click the HOME button. You’re done!
|Deleting an app is easy too!|
4. Delete apps from your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad
After a while you may discover that not all the apps you’ve installed suit your needs, and in the spirit of keeping your device neat and tidy, and not use up valuable space in its memory, you might want to delete those unused apps. Easy. Tap and hold the app’s icon until it starts jiggling. An “X” also appears on the icon. Touch the X and confirm that you want to delete it by tapping “delete.” If you don’t want to delete it after all, tap “cancel.” It’s deleted. Or not. Then click the HOME button.
You can also delete that app from your iTunes folder next time you synch your device. Or not. It might be useful to leave it there in case you change your mind.
5. How to Force Reboot and Quit Apps
Sometimes your system will slow down or applications will freeze. You can easily recover from that incident by force quitting applications.
· Hold down the Sleep/Wake Button on the top.
· Wait for a red slider to appear. Don’t slide it.
· Let go of the Sleep/Wake Button.
· Hold down the home button and the app will force quit.
Once you’re back on the home screen the application should be closed, and you can re-open it normally again.
This should keep you busy for a while, but stay tuned for another "Tips and Tricks" to come.
The information contained herein is for guideline purposes only, is not intended as an endorsement of any product, and is no guarantee of the results.
Images courtesy of Apple
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