How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

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These are instructions on how to organize the iPhone applications on your Springboard into folders using Categories.

To follow this tutorial you must be on the iPhone firmware 2.0 or higher. You also need to have a jailbroken iPhone. Instructions can be found to jailbreak your iPhone here: 2G Windows, 3G Windows, 2G Mac, 3G Mac.

Step One
Press to launch Cydia from your Springboard.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Two
Press to select the Sections tab at the bottom of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Three
Press to select the System section.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Four
Press to select Categories from the list of Packages that appear.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Five
Press to select theInstall button at the top right of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Six
Press to select the Confirm button at the top right of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Seven
Once Cydia has installed the Categories application press the Return to Cydia button at the bottom of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Eight
Press the Home button to return to your Springboard. Notice the new Categories application. Press to launch it!
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Nine
Read the warning that appears then press the large OK button.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Ten
You will be taken to blank list of Categories. It is here where we will create folders for our Springboard. Press the Add button at the top right of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Eleven
Enter the name for the Category/Folder you would like to create and press the Add button. I created a folder called Games.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Twelve
You will be asked to select an icon for the folder/category you just created.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Thirteen
Notice your newly created folder appears in the list now! Press to select it.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Fourteen
You now are taken to the Edit menu where you can edit the applications that appear in the Category. Since we have not added any applications to the folder it is blank. Press the Add button at the top right of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Fifteen
You will be shown a list of the applications on your iPhone. Press to select the ones you would like added to the Category then press the Edit button at the top left of the screen.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Sixteen
You will be returned to the Edit menu where you can now order and remove applications from the Category. Press the button at the top left to return to the Categories List.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Seventeen
Notice it now shows how many applications we have in our folder.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Eighteen
Press the Home button. Notice that we now have a new icon for our newly created Category. Also notice that applications we moved into this category are not visible on the Springboard. Press to select the icon for your newly created Category.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Nineteen
You will now be shown a list of your applications in the selected Category. Press to launch one!
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

Step Twenty
If you press the little i at the bottom of the Category you will see some basic options as described by BigBoss.

Folder Title: Displays folder title on main screen.

Save Image On Exit: Saves the current background image when an app is loaded. Leave this on unless there are unusually long delays loading each app.

Icon Labels: You can disable the text labels with this so you see only the icon pictures

Black Background: If you dislike seeing the desktop background from winterboard, you can force a black background with this.
How to Organize Your iPhone Applications Into Folders

You now can organize your Springboard in a much improved manner!

logan - April 7, 2012 at 5:30pm
cydia is not on iphone screen like others. It is in a folder called reference. How do i take it out of the folder and put it back where it was? I need response quickly. thnk you.
Perry - April 28, 2010 at 5:43pm
cant you buy this one on itunes ? Because my jailbreak is gone. and i hate it when my springbaord is full ! Wanna put them all in folders ! Searching for days for a apps like this one.. Somebody knows a app like this one for a not jailbreak iphone ? Thanks a lot !
Hsb - November 24, 2010 at 4:46pm
U can put folders with iOS 4.1
Cathy Jennings - February 2, 2010 at 2:53pm
So far so good for me. My only problem is that when I made the folder I was not given an icon selection for each folder. How can you get an icon on each folder if everything else is working right? I have folders but they are grey. :o/ Thanks in advance. CJ
Rj - July 3, 2009 at 3:43am
Can someone please help.. I had the CATEGORIES applicatoin installed in the previous 2.2 version but after upgrading to the 3.0 version all applications that were inside a folder are all gone now.. I tried to redownload the programs that was inside the folder but it says its already installed. Itried to delete the program and reinstalling but same thing. All applications are hidden and its icon is not showing on the screen. I installed cydia in version 3.0 and installed the categories program but its now showing all the programs that were initially in there as well. Is there any way to somehow show the programs that were initially stored inside one of the folders created in CATEGORIES. Can someone please help or provide some advice! Thanks!!
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