Reset iOS home screen layout

If you have ever wanted to reset the Home screen‘s app icon layout to factory settings, then you might be happy to hear that there’s an easier way than moving the app icons all back to where they were one by one.

Instead, in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can reset the Home screen app icon layout automatically in just a few seconds.

Resetting the Home screen app icon layout

Sometimes you get bored with the Home screen configurations you make and you decide to start all over. It’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with wanting a fresh slate to start all over again, and you may not want to completely restore your device through iTunes.

To easily reset your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad Home screen layout, simply follow these steps:

1) Launch the Settings app on the iOS device you want to reset the Home screen app layout on.

2) Navigate to General > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout and tap on it.

Reset Home Screen Layout iOS Steps

3) When prompted by a pop-up message, confirm the Home screen reset by tapping on the red Reset Home Screen button.

Red Home Screen Layout Reset Button

And boom. Just like that, without a restart or anything, your Home screen’s app icons will now be completely reset to factory configuration. Any third-party apps that you have installed will be placed on page 2 or after in alphabetical order.


It’s super easy to reset the Home screen app icon layout to the factory defaults. I see too many people struggling to move them all back themselves on a day-to-day basis, so I just hope more and more people can learn about this super simple button that makes magic happen with just a tap.

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  • ProllyWild

    Word of caution, there is a limit on the number of home screen pages. after resetting, the third party apps will be sorted in alphabetical order. the problem arises if a person exceeds the number of potential apps that can fit into the limited number of pages. for example if the max number of pages is 12 with 20 apps per page, anyone with over 240 apps (it happens) will be over the limit. Any of the apps that cannot fit into the pages will inaccessible on the home screen.

    This happened as recently as last year for me and required deleting a bunch of apps (justifiable…no one needs that many apps) and then resetting the home screen constantly until I could all of the apps back into the home screen.

  • Martynet

    I would love a tool, the would remember my settings, folders, etc… So I could set up my phone as a new device and the tweak would download all the apps I had before restore and placed them into right folders. That would be amazing. I know iCloud backup does that, but not only that… Something like custom restore would be amazing.

  • julian kaye

    it deletes folders!!!

  • Saurabh Bajaj

    Thanks for the useful information.

  • Peter Miller

    Thank you!!!

    this is a great tip since I like the standard iPhone home screen layout!

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  • Raphael Thomas

    You have given your tutorial to only IPad, iPhone, iTouch devices users. How can none users of these devices can benefit from the tutorial.