How to Alphabetize Apps on iPhone 12: A Step-By-Step Guide

Organizing your iPhone 12 apps alphabetically can make finding your apps a breeze. It’s a simple process that involves resetting your home screen layout. After you’ve done this, your apps will be sorted alphabetically, with Apple’s default apps at the front and the rest following in order.

Step by Step Tutorial: Alphabetizing Apps on iPhone 12

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to note that alphabetizing your apps will reset your home screen layout to its default setting. This means any folders you’ve created will be removed, and all of your apps will be out in the open. Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Open Settings

Open the ‘Settings’ app on your iPhone 12. It’s the one with the gear icon.

Opening the settings is your gateway to customizing your iPhone just the way you like it. Whether you want to change your wallpaper, adjust your notifications, or, in our case, organize your apps, it all starts in Settings.

Step 2: Tap ‘General’

Scroll down and tap on the ‘General’ option in your settings. It’s where you’ll find a lot of the nuts and bolts of your iPhone’s system settings.

The ‘General’ section is like the control center for your iPhone. Here you can update your software, manage your device storage, and reset various aspects of your iPhone to their default settings, including the home screen layout.

Step 3: Tap ‘Reset’

Once you’re in ‘General’, scroll all the way down and tap on ‘Reset’. It’s where you’ll find options to reset various parts of your iPhone.

Don’t worry, tapping ‘Reset’ won’t instantly wipe your phone. It’ll take you to a new menu where you can choose exactly what you want to reset. This is also where you’d go if you ever needed to factory reset your phone (but let’s hope it never comes to that!).

Step 4: Tap ‘Reset Home Screen Layout’

In the ‘Reset’ menu, you’ll see an option called ‘Reset Home Screen Layout’. Give that a tap.

When you tap ‘Reset Home Screen Layout’, a pop-up will appear to confirm your choice. Remember, once you confirm, all the folders you’ve created will be gone and your apps will go back to their default layout – which, luckily for us, is alphabetical.

After completing these steps, your iPhone will take a moment to reset the home screen layout. Once it’s done, you’ll see all your apps neatly sorted alphabetically, starting with the default Apple apps. It’s like giving your iPhone a fresh start!

Tips for Alphabetizing Apps on iPhone 12

  • Before resetting your home screen layout, consider taking screenshots of your current layout if you want to remember where apps were placed.
  • Alphabetizing can be particularly helpful if you have a lot of apps and struggle to find them quickly.
  • Remember that when apps are alphabetized, they are sorted after the default Apple apps, which are always first.
  • If you have apps that you use frequently, consider placing them in the dock at the bottom of the screen for easy access after alphabetizing.
  • Keep in mind that any new apps downloaded after the reset will not automatically be alphabetized and will need to be manually moved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will alphabetizing my apps delete any of my data?

No, alphabetizing your apps will not delete any of your data. It only affects the layout of your home screen.

Can I undo the alphabetizing if I don’t like it?

Yes, you can manually move your apps around after alphabetizing them if you want to change the order or create folders.

What happens to app folders when I alphabetize my apps?

Any folders you’ve created will be removed, and the apps within them will be alphabetized individually.

Will my apps stay alphabetized if I download new ones?

New apps will not automatically be alphabetized. They will appear at the end of your apps list and will need to be manually moved if you want them in alphabetical order.

Can I alphabetize apps within folders?

No, this reset will remove folders. To alphabetize apps within folders, you’ll need to manually sort them after creating the folders.


  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Reset
  4. Tap Reset Home Screen Layout


Alphabetizing apps on your iPhone 12 is a straightforward process that can save you time and frustration when searching for apps. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can have a neatly organized home screen in no time. Remember, this process will reset any folders and customization you’ve previously set up, so it’s worth considering whether the trade-off between organization and customization works for you. If you find yourself constantly scrolling through pages of apps or using the search function to find what you need, give alphabetizing a try. It might just be the refresh your iPhone needs to feel new again.

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