Open Your iPhone's App Library Faster from Your Home Screen or Anywhere Else

How to open your iPhone app library faster from your home screen or anywhere else « iOS and iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

App Library is an excellent tool for browsing all the apps on your iPhone, especially since it includes all the home screen bookmarks you’ve made for websites and shortcuts. But it skipped the last page on the home screen. If you have a lot of visible home screen pages, that’s a lot of swiping to open the App Library. Fortunately, there is a trick to get to it faster.

Options we need to open the App Library but we don’t have

Ideally, Apple would include an option to unhide the app icon for the app library itself, and we could put it in the dock for easy access from any home screen page. Apple already gives the iPad a “Show App Library in Dock” toggle to do so, so why doesn’t the iPhone have it?

There is not even a file well-known URL scheme Dedicated to the app library which allows us to create a bookmark icon – just like the app icon – for the home screen. The Apple TV Remote was only accessible from Control Center before iOS 16.0, but now it can work like a real app with its new URL scheme. So why can’t we do the same for the app library on iPhones?

It can’t be easy for users with accessibility settings to interact with their devices to find and open the app library. If you’re having a hard time swiping the screen, you’re out of luck. There’s no App Library option for Back Tap, AssistiveTouch, or an accessibility shortcut, and asking Siri to open the App Library will frustrate you. When do we get those, Apple?

Your Only Options to Open App Library Faster on iPhone

From what I know, there are only four options to get access to the app library faster on your iPhone. It’s no better than some of the non-existent methods I mentioned above, but it will do for now. Options 1 and 2 aren’t very cool as they involve reconfiguring your home screen, so options 3 and 4 might be the best approach.

Option 1: Define your home pages

You can limit how many home screen pages you have, so swiping to the app library doesn’t take long. This is not ideal if you like having all of your apps on your home screen pages. But if you only have two active pages on the Home screen, that’s two small swipes to the left on the screen to open the App Library.

Option 2: Hide your home pages

You can also Hide home screen pages until you need them, giving the same effect as option 1 above. This is also not ideal if you frequently access apps on hidden home screen pages. But if you like the app library, you can make it one swipe left, and then show home screen pages whenever you want or want.

Option 3: Use the double swipe gesture

on me iOS 16.0 and above, just touch the search button and drag it above the dock to the right without letting go until you reach the last home screen page. Then, release and swipe left to open App Library.

If you’ve been hiding the search button in iOS 16.0 and later or haven’t updated to the iOS 16 firmware yet, you’ll see dots above the dock instead, pointing to all home screen pages. Touch and drag the highlighted dot to the right until it stops, then swipe left on the last Home screen page to open the App Library. This is actually a bit faster than hitting the search button.

Option 4: Use voice control without any passes

Siri may not be able to open the App Library for you, but a file The feature can access voice control. It might not be faster than the scrolling options above, but it’s useful if you don’t want to scroll fast.

You have more than a few options to open and close the voice control.

  1. Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Voice Control, then toggle Voice Control on or off. That’s just more beating, though.
  2. Add it to the Accessibility Shortcut (Settings -> Accessibility -> Accessibility Shortcut), so it’s just a triple-click of the home button or side button. If you have more than one option dedicated to the shortcut, click Voice Control from the selection menu.
  3. Set it to Back Tap gesture (Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> Back Tap). Next, double click or triple tap the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone.
  1. Set it to the AssistiveTouch gesture (Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> AssistiveTouch). Turn on the feature, then double-tap, triple-tap or long-press the AssistiveTouch icon on your screen.
  2. Ask Siri. This is probably the fastest option. Use phrases like “voice control on/off,” “voice control on/off,” or “voice control start/stop,” to name a few.
  3. When voice control is enabled, it is really quicker to turn it off automatically by saying “turn off voice control” or “turn off voice control”. Obviously, voice control can’t operate itself.

Now that you know how to enable and disable Voice Control, let’s use it to open the App Library. Turn it on, then say one of the following phrases. If that doesn’t work, go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Voice Control -> Customize Commands -> Basic Navigation -> Open App Library, and toggle the toggle on “Enabled”.

  • Open the application library
  • “Open the Application Library”
  • Show Application Library
  • Show Application Library

Can we see better options? Can…

This is as good as it is now (unless you want to Jailbreak your iPhone). Faster swiping isn’t great because you can keep the screen on for too long inadvertently, which opens the home screen editor. Perhaps one day Apple will add at least one of the previously mentioned suggestions, but who knows when.

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