App Library was introduced in iPhone with iOS 14 and iPad with iPadOS 15. Since then, it has stayed on future versions, including iOS 15. If you aren’t a big fan of App Library, you might want to disable it temporarily or turn it off entirely.
The bad news is you can’t disable or toggle off App Library on iPhone. But there are some things you can do to make sure you do not have to use it ever. So you can’t get rid of App Library, but we show you how to ignore it.
What’s App Library?
Since you’re looking to disable App Library, I’m confident you already know what it is. Here’s a recap.
App Library is a single screen that has all the apps currently installed on your iPhone. It also displays the apps you have offloaded and the website shortcuts you have added to your Home Screen.
You can access App Library by swiping left on the last Home Screen. Once you’re in App Library:
- Tap the regular-sized app icon to open that app.
- Tap the smaller app icons to open that folder/category to see more apps.
- Swipe down on the App Library screen or tap the top search bar to see all apps in alphabetical order.
Now you that have a better idea of what App Library is, here are some recommendations to ensure you never have to use it if you want to disable it.
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1. Make all Home Screen pages visible
Starting with iOS 14, you can hide Home Screen pages to have less distraction and reach App Library quickly. But since you do not want to use App Library, make sure all your Home Screen pages and apps on these are visible. To do that:
- Press an empty area on the Home Screen until all apps start jiggling.
- Tap the tiny dots above the Dock.
- Ensure all Home Screen pages are checked and tap Done.
2. Use Spotlight Search
Even if you don’t want to unhide all Home Screen pages, you can search for and open any app. To be straightforward, in many cases, this is quicker than going to App Library and locating the app there.
You can access Search by pulling down the Home Screen. Starting with iOS 15, you can also access it from your Lock Screen by the same swipe-down gesture. As soon as Search launches, your iPhone keyboard is already on screen, making it quicker to type the app’s initial letters and open it.
3. Ensure apps do not download only to App Library
To declutter your Home Screen, you can have newly downloaded apps show up only in the App Library and not the Home Screen. But as you want to use App Library as little as possible, make sure you do the opposite. That is, ensure the new apps show on the Home Screen (like before) and not only in the App Library.
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Home Screen.
- Under Newly Downloaded Apps, tap Add to Home Screen.
4. Move apps out of the App Library to the Home Screen
To ensure you never have to go inside the App Library, make sure all your apps are on the Home Screen. So, if you believe any app is hidden and not showing on the Home Screen, go to the App Library, find the app there, and press its icon until you see it on the Home Screen.
5. Remove App Library from iPad Dock
If you have an iPad running iPadOS 15 or later, you will notice the App Library shortcut on the Dock.
If you don’t like it, here’s how to disable the App Library shortcut on your iPad:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Home Screen & Dock.
- Under Dock, turn off the switch for Show App Library in Dock.
6. Ignore App Library
I don’t detest App Library, but I’m not fond of it either. Sure, I have heard people liking it. But I’m not one of those.
I wish Apple added an option in the Settings to disable it. But unless that happens (if ever), your only choice is to ignore it.
7. Jailbreak the iPhone to remove App Library
Finally, what Apple doesn’t let you do, the jailbreaking community often does. So, if you’re into jailbreaking your iPhone, there is a jailbreak tweak to disable App Library entirely.
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