BetterFolders iOS 7

Just when the ability to create nested folders appeared to be removed from iOS 7.1, iPhone enthusiast Jose Rodriguez has revealed a simple new trick that allows you to once again place folders within folders on the latest software version. iDownloadBlog and multiple users confirm that this quick hack works as advertised on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 7.1. Instructions are outlined ahead… 

Rodriquez has provided a few simple steps to place folders within folders:

Drag one app onto other app and, as soon as the animation for creating a folder starts, tap and drag any folder you want into the new opened folder. If you’re quick enough, the chosen folder will go into the new folder.

The best thing about this workaround is that it works on stock iOS devices, meaning that no jailbreak is required. Nested folders allow for you to better organize your Home screen with a basic filesystem of sorts. Just like Apple decided to finally allow Newsstand to be placed in a folder, hopefully the company will eventually allow for users to place folders within folders by default. For now, this trick will suffice.

Do you use nested folders?

  • Framboogle

    This trick has been there since 7.0 beta 1.

    • No. This is different.

      • rockdude094

        I just did it on 7.0.4

      • al7oot

        I couldn’t do it on my iPad mini 7.0.4

      • Jonathan

        We’re talking 7.1 here.

  • John Kerby

    It’s not working for me

  • Bob

    yo dawg i heard you like folders, so i put your folders in your folder so you can fold while you folder

    • Marcus


    • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

      LMAO i remember theses

  • David Gitman

    I still dont understand why people need it if the folders are infinit

    • Batman

      Better organization? Get it?

    • Dan

      I like to organize my apps, especially on my iPhone since you can only see 9 apps at a time.

    • Eddie Leonard

      I have a main folder with 8 apps in it, my top used apps, then I have the rest in a folder in the middle, this way, I can keep my screen tidy… 3 icons and 1 folder a long the top row, and 4 in the dock, I see my wallpaper well and its clean

    • Pixilicious

      The point is not whether YOU “understand” it or not. The point is that it is a useful organizational structure which has been used on the desktop since the beginning of time. MORE to the point, whythehell NOT give users this feature?

  • QuarterSwede

    I won’t put folders in folders until iCloud backup supports it. Try restoring with all those folders in folders. What a nightmare.

  • Matthew

    On the device that was shown off there was a badge on the settings app. Why? It says that it’s on 7.1.

  • CashDolla83

    Anyone know where I can get this wallpaper from?

    • Framboogle

      Here you go

  • irshad k

    But But….How did you jailbreak that ios 7.1 ????????!!

    • Ninja Banana

      Read the article.

    • Liam Mulcahy


  • Dani Hayes

    Damn. Someone beat me to it.

    • CashDolla83

      Found it

  • M Bowman

    Apple software is such a joke. So much effort to try to achieve what should be a basic functionality.

  • Worked on 7.0.6

  • Kenneth Lin

    Will it crash if you were to remove the folder out of the folder?

  • Dan

    been using nested folders for a while, installed ‘betterfolders’ tweak.

    • Eddie Leonard

      Don’t you have hiddensettings7 or springtomize? both do it

      • Dan

        Hah yeah. Just realized folder enhancer does it too. Just got my iPhone so was going crazy with tweaks.

  • Scott

    This trick appears to only allow a single folder to be nested. Anyone figure out how to nest additional folders?

    • Eddie Leonard

      make a nested folder, then nest that folder, then drag out the original nested folder?

      Just a guess though…

      • Scott

        Good suggestion, but that doesn’t work.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Pretty cool

  • sahar

    Just did it on iOS 7.0.6 w/ iPhone 5

  • Pixilicious

    For a company touting itself as the Uber-Friendly Alternative, this Mickey Mouse solution seems … absurd. It is like ios developers have never used their own damned product.

  • luke

    i did this on ,my ipad and and now nothing works i cant even restore it on a computer 🙁

    • sharp44MAG .

      Put the iPad in recovery mode and then restore it from there.