Welcome to App Library splash screen

With the App Library feature in iOS 14, your most-used apps are always just one tap away in a central place at the end of your Home screen pages. And thanks to Siri intelligence, you can quickly launch apps you’re likely to be looking for. Follow along with us as we show you how to get to your recently installed iPhone apps or Siri-suggested apps via the App Library.

What is App Library?

The App Library is a new screen at the end of your Home screen pages that automatically sorts all of the apps on your iPhone into categories like Social, Productivity and so forth. You can browse your apps alphabetically and see any recently downloaded apps at the top of the view.

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In addition, the App Library automatically and intelligently surfaces iPhone apps that may be helpful in the moment based on usage such as time, location or activity.

iOS 14 App Library hero image

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Apple first publicly demonstrated the App Library feature during the June 22 WWDC 2020 keynote ahead of its commercial launch in the fall as part of the iOS 14 software update.

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In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to access your recently installed iPhone apps in the App Library as well as Siri-suggested apps.

How to see recently installed iPhone apps

Follow along as we show you how to see your recently installed iPhone apps in the App Library:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge or press the Home button to get to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left until you get to the App Library
  3. Tap a recently-installed iPhone app in the Recently Added folder near the top-right.

Tapping any of the three bigger app icons immediately launches the corresponding app.

Recently installed iPhone apps - App Library with the Recently Added folder highlighted

Your recently installed iPhone apps and App Clips

You’ll notice that the Recently Added folder includes a 2×2 app grid in its bottom-right corner. While you cannot launch these apps directly by tapping them because the icons are too small, tapping anywhere in that section expands the folder so you can access additional apps.

Recently installed iPhone apps - App Library showing the expanded Recently Added folder

Hit the smaller 2×2 grid in Recently Added for an expanded view of your recently installed apps

How to see Siri-suggested iPhone apps

Follow these steps to access app suggestion in the App Library:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge or press the Home button to get to the Home screen.
  2. Swipe left until you get to the App Library
  3. Tap a suggested app from the Suggestions folder near the top-left.

Hitting one of the four icons immediately launches that app. As mentioned earlier, on-device Siri intelligence refreshes these app suggestions automatically based on usage.

Siri-suggested apps - App Library with the Suggestions folder highlighted

Suggested apps are based on your usage patterns

For example, if you tend to do your banking in the morning, browse your Instagram feed on your way to work and then check your email when you get there, you’re most likely going to see app suggestions for those precise tasks surfaced at the right time as you go about your day.

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The Suggestions folder cannot be expanded and is limited to four app suggestions. But you don’t need to use the App Library at all to get to thee suggestions — the Siri Suggestions widget brings app launch suggestions based on your usage patterns to the Home screen.

App suggestions in Search

Hit “>” to see an additional row of app suggestions

And if you pull down on any Home screen to access system-wide search, you’ll see the very same app launch suggestions right below the search field along with suggested shortcuts.

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