How to Move Apps on the iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Moving apps on your iPad is a breeze once you know how. In a nutshell, you’ll enter ‘jiggle mode’, drag the app to your desired location, and hit ‘done’ to save the changes. Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Move Apps on the iPad

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, know that what we’re about to do will help you organize your iPad’s home screen to your liking. Whether you’re a neat freak or just want to keep your most-used apps within thumb’s reach, these steps will get you there.

Step 1: Press and hold the app icon

Touch and hold the app you want to move until it starts jiggling.

This is often called entering ‘jiggle mode’, and it’s your iPad’s way of saying “I’m ready to move some apps around!” You might feel a little vibration, too – that’s normal.

Step 2: Drag the app to a new location

While the app is jiggling, drag it to its new spot.

You can slide it between other apps or pull it over to another screen. As you move it around, other apps will politely shuffle out of the way. It’s like they’re saying, “After you, sir.”

Step 3: Press the ‘Done’ button

Once you’re happy with the new location, tap ‘Done’ in the top right corner.

This is basically you telling your iPad, “Okay, that’s perfect, thanks!” The apps will stop jiggling, and everything will lock into place.

After you’ve moved the apps, your home screen will look just the way you want it. You might feel a sense of accomplishment, and that’s okay. Pat yourself on the back, because you’ve just customized your iPad like a pro!

Tips: Mastering the Move on the iPad

  • If you’re moving multiple apps, you don’t need to hit ‘Done’ after each one. Keep moving them around until you’re satisfied, then hit ‘Done’.
  • You can also create folders by dragging one app onto another. It’s like they’re becoming roommates.
  • Feeling indecisive? You can move an app as many times as you want until you find the perfect spot for it.
  • If you press too hard, you might activate the ‘Quick Actions’ menu instead of ‘jiggle mode’. Just lighten your touch a bit.
  • Organize your apps by color, category, or how often you use them. It’s your home screen, your rules!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I move apps to the Dock?

Yes, you can move your favorite apps to the Dock for easy access.

The Dock is that handy shelf at the bottom of your screen. Think of it as VIP seating for your most-used apps. Just drag an app down there, and voilà!

What if I change my mind after arranging my apps?

No problem, you can always rearrange them again.

Your iPad won’t judge you for changing your mind. In fact, it’s pretty accommodating. Just enter ‘jiggle mode’ again and shuffle things around to your heart’s content.

How do I create a folder?

Drag one app onto another app and hold it there until a folder is created.

This is like when two bubbles join to make a bigger bubble. Except it’s your apps, and they’re joining forces to make your home screen tidier.

Is there a limit to how many apps I can put in a folder?

There’s a limit, but it’s pretty high – you can have multiple pages within a folder.

Think of each folder as a mini library. You can have tons of ‘books’ (apps) in there, and you can flip through ‘pages’ of apps. Pretty neat, huh?

Can I move apps with Siri?

No, voice commands with Siri won’t move your apps.

Siri is many things – a DJ, a weatherperson, a trivia master – but when it comes to moving apps, your fingers are the best tool for the job.


  1. Enter ‘jiggle mode’ by pressing and holding an app.
  2. Drag the app to the desired location.
  3. Press ‘Done’ to save the new arrangement.


And there you have it – you’re now an expert on how to move apps on the iPad. With a little practice, you’ll be organizing like a pro, making your iPad experience even more seamless and personalized. Remember, your iPad is an extension of your digital self, so don’t be afraid to arrange and rearrange until it feels just right. Keep exploring, keep organizing, and who knows – you might just find yourself enjoying the process as much as the result. Happy swiping!

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