Apple iPhone comes bundled with a slew of user-friendly features, though the device lack some basic functionalities that its Android counterparts have been offering for years. For instance, users still cannot force-shut all apps at once with a dedicated button. Similarly, the home screen seemingly lacks a few basic features that are also slowly coming to the device (example widgets) with new iOS versions. However, there seems to be one trick in the bag, existing for more than three years that many iPhone users (including me) had no clue at all.
To give some context, Apple iPhone users can move app icons horizontally/vertically around or from one screen page to another, but the company does not clearly provide a ‘select button’ option to move around multiple apps, simultaneously. It essentially means that if a user wanted to move multiple app icons from one page to another, they had to follow the process one by one. However, there seems to be a simple solution to this problem that has been existing with iOS 11. The solution was showcased in a viral video on TikTok (via BGR) that lets users move multiple app icons at once.
To get started, Apple iPhone users will need to long-press the home screen till all the apps start wriggling. Then hold onto any app icon and drag it down a little. Following this, with another finger, select all the app icons you want to move. It will let users move multiple app icons from one page to another. As expected, the feature works with iPhones running on iOS 11 and above. Notably, users with iOS 14 cannot move multiple widgets with this feature. You can also check out the demonstration of the feature in the tweet below from 2017.
#iOS 11 TIP!- Tap and hold on an app to move- While still holding on the app, tap additional apps to move more at once!#apple #ios11 #tip pic.twitter.com/rxPGttsl0h— Michael Groff 🏋️♂️ (@bmichaelgroff) September 19, 2017
Our take is that this simple feature could’ve been made simpler with a visible button somewhere so that more users were aware of its existence. However, some may even prefer the pro tip this way as it keeps the screen clutter-free of extra toggles.