As part of my job, I spend a lot of time with smart phones, and I occasionally look at phones that belong to other humans, mainly to see if the applications my company makes are functioning correctly. Many of these people are on iPhones, but more and more of them use Androids. One of the things I’ve noticed about the Android users is that there are very few folders on these Android devices. Now, maybe it’s just me and my desire to keep stuff organized, but I despise having a phone cluttered with icons, particularly if they’re not, well, you know, put in categories and aligned, and if it looks like no thought at all was given to their placement on a page, then I get all angry inside and stuff. I slam my fist on my desk (when no one’s around to see) and I might even swear out loud (not that this matters since I’m swearing at everyone mentally all the time anyway). What a mess!
Androids have a lot of pages compared to other phone operating systems, and if you download a custom launcher (of which there are many) you can have pretty much as many pages as you like. This is the advantage of Droid. In that realm, customization is king – or at least prince… okay, maybe a duke. At least an Earl! Yeah… an Earl. BlackBerry is more like a Squire. And iPhones, well, you’re a peon. Is there anything less than a peon? Maybe a corpse. Don’t bother customizing iPhones. Apple has your balls.
I’m using the paid version of the Nova launcher right now, and I like it a lot. If you’re interested, here’s a video of Nova:
Pretty cool, right? This works great on my Nexus 7 and my Galaxy SII. You can get a copy from Google Play here. But I’m getting off topic. I want to tell you how to make a folder. Why make a folder? Because you have a lot of icons sitting around, or you don’t want to put them on your screens because then your screens will be full of icons. So, instead of that, how about a folder for Games, Utilities, Mail, Drawing, Music, Voice, Comics, News, Photos, Education, Ebooks, whatever you have floating around on your system.
To make a folder on Android
- Press and hold an icon.
- Move the icon over another icon until the icon beneath is highlighted.
- Release the icon.
That’s it. You now have a folder containing both icons. If you press that icon, it will open and show you its contents.
If you press the bottom label, you can name the folder. Give it a name that makes sense. Both of the applications still reside in your Apps folder. Icons are simply shortcuts to open an app, and you can have folders that include the same icon in multiple locations if you wish. Organizing your apps in you folders gives you more screen real estate and ensures you can find what you’re looking for without having to browse your apps folder or perform a search. The trick is simply placing one app icon on top of the other.