iOS’s famous jiggle mode, invoked by holding an app until the icons on the Home screen start shaking and wriggling like they’re doing a dance, lets you drag an app to a new position, move an app between pages, quickly create a folder by dragging an app onto another app and more.

On older iOS editions, you could only move a single app at a time. On iOS 11 and later, jiggle mode takes full advantage of drag and drop functionality, allowing you to move a bundle of apps at once, create a folder from multiple apps and more.

For example, you could easily gather all those games scattered across multiple pages on your Home screen in an app bundle to move them to a new position in one fell swoop, quickly create a folder from your app bundle and more—without needing to manage the arrangement of your Home screens in iTunes or move the apps individually like an animal.

Watch Andrew’s video tutorial embedded below to see this feature in action.

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This feature requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later. Jailbroken users can download one of the many jailbreak tweaks that enable moving multiple apps at once.

How to move multiple apps on iPhone and iPad

Here’s how you can move multiple apps on your iPhone and iPad’s Home screen.

1) Press the Home button to get to your Home screen.

2) Tap and hold any app to enter iOS’s standard icon jiggle mode. In my example, I tapped and held the Facebook tap. Now move your finger slightly in any direction until the “x” in the app’s top-left corner vanishes, as evidenced on the screenshot below.

3) Without releasing the finger, tap each app you’d like to move together with the selected app.

You’ll notice that apps are instantly added to your bundle as you tap them, with the live-updated badge denoting the number of apps in the bundle.

You can drag the bundle around like you would any other app and even move it between different pages to add additional apps as you go through.

For the tutorial’s purposes, I’m going to add Airmail, Chrome, Facebook Messenger and Slack to my bundle, in addition to the Facebook app that I chose at the start of the process.

TIP: To abort the operation without moving any apps, let go of the finger and your selected apps shall return to their original position.

4) Drag the bundle to a new position, then let go.

I’ll move my bundle to the left side of the iBooks app because that’s where I’d like to move my apps to. Upon releasing the finger, all of the apps in the bundle move to the desired position.

5) Press the Home button again to exit the icon jiggle mode.

How to create folders from multiple apps on iPhone and iPad

You can just as easily create a folder from a bundle of apps, here’s how.

1) Press the Home button to get to your Home screen.

2) Tap and hold any app to enter the jiggle mode, then move the finger slightly so that the “x” in the app icon’s top-left corner vanishes.

3) Without releasing the finger, tap other apps to add them to your bundle.

4) Drag the bundle onto another app, then let go.

Voilà! Just like that, you’ve created a new folder from all of the apps in your bundle.

5) Press the Home button again to exit the jiggle mode.

As you’d expect, you can quite easily move your app bundle between pages by dragging it to either side of the screen, move multiple apps at once out of a folder and more.

You cannot, however, add a folder to your bundle of apps.

How to put multiple apps in folders on iPhone and iPad

1) Press the Home button to get to the Home screen.

2) Tap and hold any app to enter the jiggle mode, then move the finger slightly so that the “x” in the app icon’s top-left corner vanishes.

3) Without releasing the finger, tap a folder you’d like to put your selected apps in.

4) The tapped folder opens. Move the bundle inside the folder overlay, then let go of the finger to drop all the selected apps in the folder at once.

To cancel the action, move the bundle outside the folder overlay, then let go of the finger.

TIP: Or, you can simply move the bundle onto a folder and let go.

In my example, I added the stock Watch and Health apps to my bundle before dropping it onto the “Apple Crap” folder, where I keep Apple’s stock apps I rarely use.

5) Press the Home button again to exit the jiggle mode.

TIP: To quickly delete a folder, tap it and add all of its apps to a bundle, then move the bundle outside the folder overlay. This will move the selected apps to the Home screen and automatically delete the folder, all in one go.

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  • malhal

    Since the selected app icons move into the bunch, does that mean it isn’t possible to deselect one? E.g. tapped by mistake.

    • Not at this time

      • mickey

        A bit confused, so are you tapping the subsequent apps with another finger (while holding the original one)?

      • That’s correct

  • This feature is disabled in Beta 2.

    • Nope. Running beta 2 here and working fine.

  • Honestly, I’m more happy that I can finally swipe through pages without having to hold the icon at the sides of the pages until it feels like moving

  • Tariro Mhere

    Why do you have so many icons

  • Christopher

    Extremely useful. One of my favorite parts of iOS 11.

    Man, why didn’t Apple add this a long time ago?

  • I’ve never seen so many pages on an iPhone before.