Using Spotlight to launch apps on iOS
Since 2012 I’ve been searching for the best way to organize my apps on iPhones. I have constantly about 150 of them on my device and it becomes a hassle to sort things out on multiple screens. Like most of you I’ve tried the most popular ways: by importance, by theme, alphabetically and even by color (or mixed variations). Most of these methods worked out pretty well but in time they prove to be inefficient. The reason for this is the endless swiping between screens – rarely used apps are deeply buried in some ‘Travel’ or ‘Media’ folder on screen 2 or 3.
Last year I bought my first Mac and found out that on macOS launching apps is easy: everyone is using Spotlight. Launchpad is totally forgotten and nobody cares how apps are sorted on your Mac.
It seems that using Spotlight on iPhone is handy in the exact same way as well. There is no faster way to launch any app but using Spotlight: just swipe down from your home screen, tap the first two letter of the app and you are good to go. It takes a second most.
So I’ve build a single home screen only: most used apps on the first 5 rows and on the last one – 4 folders named A-F, G-M, N-T and U-Z where the hundreds of apps are stored, sorted alphabetically. I never open these folders and just use Spotlight instead.
Perhaps many of you have already come to this conclusion, I don’t feel like an inventor here. But maybe you should give this method a try, it works for me great. It will save you tons of time and swipes.