My Solution for “Jiggle Mode” Woes
I may be alone in this, but I have become increasingly frustrated in the use of “Jiggle Mode” to arrange my home screen. The advent of home screen widgets, while very cool in itself, has just exacerbated the negatives of the “Jiggle Mode” experience. I can’t add an app to a folder without disturbing the entire layout of potentially all of my screens, and I need to go and move a bunch of things back, even though no new space on the screen was actually needed. The action of trying to move something across screens to a new location has become quite anxious, as I try to avoid hovering in any place for too long as I hunt for the right location (lest I create some unwanted folder or other pitfall). These are first world problems, I’m well aware, but I think this has become a real thorn in what Apple wants to be a positive user experience.
It occurred to me that the pushing of apps on to subsequent pages is a big part of what is so frustrating with this experience. As soon as I try to move something to a full page, at least one app or folder gets pushed to the next page, and will have to be moved back. The new widgets, as they are bigger, push even more apps out of place, making things more frustrating. It occurred to me that I could use another new iOS 14 feature, the ability to hide home screen pages, to my advantage.
So, I created pages, moved apps and created “placeholder” widgets to give me a buffer page after each home screen page that I want to use. Thus, when I want to add something to a page or rearrange it, I can unhide the page after it to allow for some overflow and repositioning. When I have things back in place, I can hide the buffer page again. It was a painful 15 minutes or so getting this set up, but I think it will save a lot of frustration down the road.
I’m sure others have thought of this, and still more just don’t think “Jiggle Mode” is that big of a frustration, but I thought I’d share the thought.