You’ve probably heard me mention a few times on Mac Power Users that I’ve re-worked my iPhone homescreen. I made the change about a month ago and so far I’ve been very happy. My new homescreen features only one page of icons with a row of folders along the top. The new design was inspired after listening to CGP Grey discuss his homescreen setup on an episode of Cortex.
Previously, I had a screen of icons with a second screen of primarily folders. I realized that to access anything on the second screen I was doing a lot of swiping and tended to use spotlight quite a bit as an App launcher to search for things that were within folders anyway.
With this new design I still have easy access to my most used apps, as well as easy access to 9 icons in each of my folders. Therefore I put my most frequently used Apps in each category in my first page of folders. To access one of these apps I’m only two taps away, tap the folder, then the app. For anything that’s not on my home screen or on the first screen of one of my folders I’ll generally use spotlight to launch the App.
Perhaps the most difficult part of this design was coming up with names for the four folders across the top. I had to pick four categories for all my other iOS apps. I finally settled on Utilities, Leisure, Productivity and Information. The categories aren’t perfect, but they serve most of my needs. I also have a fifth folder that has always been on my home screen called Automation, where I’ve always kept home automation items.
A couple of people have asked if I'm doing more hunting or swiping looking for items. In a word, no. Anything that's not quickly accessible in a tap or two I find in spotlight. I tend to keep my iPhone fairly lean but I still have more than 100 apps installed. Still, it hasn't been a problem and with iOS 9 spotlight search is only getting better.