FAQ: Taming your Android App Drawer


There are more than a million apps available on Google Play and probably more than half that many apps available via Amazon’s App Store. That’s a lot of apps, so it’s no wonder that the average Android app drawer can get out of hand pretty quickly. If you find yourself scrolling until kingdom come every time you want to find that one really cool app, then I have a few tips for making it a little easier!

Disable Bloatware

Bloatware is the bane of my existence, and unfortunately just about every phone I’ve ever had has some form of it. But, despite how it might seem, most of those apps can actually be disabled. They’ll still be on the device, but they will take up less space. I’ve written several articles about why and how to disable bloatware that you can check out for step-by-step instructions. Your phone also probably came with a ton of Google apps which you’ve likely never used. Check out which ones you can disable safely here.

Uninstall apps

This seems pretty basic, but if you have a million apps installed then it might be time to purge your device. Go through and uninstall that one game app that you played twice and became bored with or the app your friend told you was cool but you never got around to trying. You can always reinstall it later if you decide you really wanted it after all.

Organize and Hide Apps

If your phone is running at least KitKat or higher, then you probably have the option to not only sort apps various ways but also to hide apps. I personally always sort my apps alphabetically for easier searching, but you should be able to drag and drop the ones you want at the front if that’s more convenient for you. To sort your apps (or hide them) start by opening the App drawer and then tapping the three dots in the upper right hand corner. You should see a variety of options including “Hide” and something like “View apps by” or “Sort apps by.” If you want to manually arrange apps, select “Custom” and then arrange to your heart’s content!

Download an App Drawer Manager

There are tons of app drawer managers available which can give you further control over how your app drawer looks. AppDrawer is a good one to start with, but you’ll likely have to try a couple until you find one that you like and that works with your device. If you have a great app drawer manager or other method that you use to wrangle those apps under control, let me know in the comments below!]]>

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