Browse iPhone apps alphabetically - teaser

The new App Library on the last Home screen of your iPhone in iOS 14 organizes your apps automatically, including handy list view that displays all of the installed apps alphabetically. Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial detailing how to browse iPhone apps alphabetically.

App Library on the Home screen

The App Library is an iPhone-only feature in iOS 14 bringing, among other things, an Android-style overview of all the apps installed on the phone, sorted alphabetically for quick and effortless browsing, which wasn’t possible before. Eagle-eyed readers could point out the App Library is one of those features that Apple apparently “borrowed” from the jailbreak community.

Apple’s description:

The App Library is a new space at the end of your Home Screen pages that automatically organizes all of your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view.

The App Library is unavailable on the iPad.

The Cupertino company officially previewed the App Library feature during its virtual WWDC 2020 keynote held on June 22. The App Library, currently available on the iOS 14 beta, will arrive publicly when the iOS 14 software update launches commercially in the fall.

Follow along with us to learn how to see and browse all your installed iPhone apps alphabetically with the App Library on your iPhone with iOS 14.

How to browse iPhone apps alphabetically

Here’s how to browse iPhone apps alphabetically:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge or press the Home button to go to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left until. you get to the end of your Home screen pages and reach the App Library.
  3. Tap the search bar at the top of the App Library.
  4. Scroll until you get to the app you want, then tap to open it.
Browse iPhone apps alphabetically - the App Library with the search field highlighted

Tap here to enter list view for apps

When you use the search field, the App Library automatically lists all your installed iPhone apps alphabetically — great for those times when you want to scroll through them like a boss!

Feel free to use the letters lined up along the right edge for faster navigation.

Browse iPhone apps alphabetically - swiping through apps in the App Library

Browsing apps alphabetically

Of course, you can narrow down the list by entering something in the search field. For instance, typing “Adobe” would only list any installed iPhone apps from Adobe.

Browse iPhone apps alphabetically - using search in the App Library

Use search to narrow down the list

Aside from launching apps, you can drag any listed app in order to add it to the Home screen. Unfortunately, tapping and holding an app in list view won’t produce any contextual menus and you also cannot delete apps from this view, which would have been a great time-saver.

How do you like the ability to browse iPhone apps alphabetically? Is this something you have been clamoring for for years now? While we’re at it, what’s your favorite new feature in iOS 14?

50 major new features in iOS 14

For a quick overview of the 50 headline new iPhone and iPod touch features in iOS 14, be sure to watch our hands-on video walkthrough embedded below.

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