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How to create Android folders. Creating a folder on the Android home screen is really child’s play. Just select an app, hold your finger on its icon and drag it to another icon: the system creates a folder containing both icons and to which you can add other apps as well.

The procedure works with all the most popular launchers, including the default one of the latest versions of the operating system, but some friends have asked me for something different; they asked me if they could create android folders in the application drawer, which is located in the menu where the icons of all applications installed on the mobile phone (or tablet) are located. Well, even in this case the answer is yes.

Thanks to some custom launchers, which are easily downloadable from the Google Play Store and don’t require root permissions to work, you can group drawer apps and organize them into folders that are easy to find and refer to.

How to create Android folders step by step

Google Launcher (Now/Pixel)

Let’s start with the official Google launchers, which are pre-installed on the devices belonging to the series. nexus and pixel and can be downloaded to other devices via the Play Store: Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher.

Google stock launchers allow you to create app folders only in starting screennot in the drawerso not in the menu where the icons of all the applications installed on the device are located (for that you must resort to alternative launchers such as the ones we will examine later).

To create a folder on the Now Launcher or Pixel Launcher home screen, hold your finger on the icon of one of the apps you want to include in the folder, and drag your finger to the icon of another app you want to include in the same folder.

Next, select the folder that is generated and rename it as you prefer by selecting your name which is below.

After creating a fileyou can add other icons simply by selecting them, holding your finger on them, and dragging them to the folder in question.

He further notes that by opening a folder and holding your finger down on the icons within it, you can rearrange and arrange them in any sequence you prefer.

New Launcher

Nova Launcher is considered by many, including myself, to be the best launcher for Android: it’s lightweight, packed with advanced features, and can be customized down to the smallest detail. Could I ever miss a feature like that to group drawer apps into folders? Of course not, but unfortunately it is one of the “features” reserved for users of the Prime version of the application, which costs 4.50 euros.

If you agree to make this small investment, know that before you buy the “Nova Prime” package from the Play Store, you must download the launcher in the basic version, which is free.

The app will automatically detect your “license” and unlock all the features meant for Prime users (including, to note, creating folders in the drawer).

To download both apps, go to the menu settings Android (the gear icon found in the drawer), “tap” the icon Home page > New Launcher as the default launcher for your mobile phone/tablet by putting the check mark next to your name.

Now comes the fun! To create a folder in the app drawer, go back to the Android home screen (which should now be managed by Nova), hold your finger on an “empty” spot on the screen, and select the icon settings that appears at the bottom right.

On the next screen, select the item application menuscroll to the bottom of the menu that opens and “tap” the item Groups in the application menu.

At this point, select the tab folders located in the upper right, press the button + (also located at the top right) To start creating a new folder, type the qualification that you want to assign to the latter in the appropriate text field and press the button add to complete the operation.

Then press the icon pencil placed next to the name of the folder you just created, click the button select application and choose which apps to include in the folder. Repeat the procedure for all the folders you want to create and you’re done.

Mission accomplished!

Now go back to the home screen, go to the app drawer and you will find your folders among the available apps in the menu.

To add new applications to a folder or rename it, select its icon and press the corresponding buttons in the box that opens.

If you want the folders inside the drawer to be displayed in alphabetical order and not before the other apps, go back to the Nova Launcher settings, select the item application menu and puts in OFF the toggle relative to the option Folders first.

To delete a previously created folder, you must go to the menu Settings > App Menu > App Menu Groups of Nova Launcher, select the tab folderslong press the name of the folder you want to delete and press the button Eliminate present in the box that opens.

Finally, I point out that to create folders on the home screen, you either have to follow the “classic” procedure already seen for Google launchers, or you have to grab an app icon and drag it onto another app’s (or about that from an existing folder, if you want to insert the application into the latter).

smart launcher

Are you looking for a launcher that can automatically organize apps into folders? Then I suggest you try Smart Launcher.

It is a free launcher (in its basic version, there is also a Pro that costs 2.99 euros and includes some additional features), extremely readable and elegant that does just what you need: browse the list of applications installed on the phone and organize them automatically based on their categories (eg. communication, Internet, games and so on).

To take advantage of Smart Launcher, download the app from Google Play Store, launch it and touch arrow located in the center of the screen.

Then you agree that the launcher can transmit to its servers the list of applications installed on the mobile phone (to sort them instantly thanks to a remote database), choose whether to use a stylish icon design flower either grill and set your default apps to listen music, he surfing online

Finally, press the button and you will find yourself in front of your new home screen: a menu with circular icons (related to your favorite applications for listening to music, browsing online, sending messages, taking photos, making phone calls and viewing images), the current time and an investigate .

To access the drawer with all apps automatically divided into categories, “tap” the icon with 6 square which is located at the bottom left and navigate through the menu that opens with the left sidebar.

To set Smart Launcher as the default Android launcher, go to the menu Settings > Home Page from your mobile phone / tablet and put the check mark next to your name.


If you use a Samsung mobile phone and your default launcher is not the “pure” Android, but the TouchWiz developed by the Korean giant, you can create android folders without resorting to third-party applications.

All you need to do is open the app drawer, press the button edit (located at the top right) to activate “Edit Mode” and merge apps just like you would on the home screen, i.e. hold your finger on one icon and drag your finger over another icon. At the end of the modifications, press the button final and ready.

Some launchers that reflect the look and functionality of Samsung’s TouchWiz, such as S Launcher, are also available on the Play Store.

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