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Quick Tip: How to Reset Your Home Screen Layout in iOS 9

WhereIsItIt happens to all of us at some point; you’ve added so many apps and folders to your iOS home screens that you can’t figure out where anything is anymore. Sure, you could use a Spotlight search to find that game app that you bought a while back, but maybe enough is enough and you just need to start organizing everything. That’s where it helps to reset your home screen layout.

Resetting the home screen layout takes all of the pre-loaded iOS apps — Settings, Calendar, Notes, etc… — and places them back in the positions they were in when your iPhone or iPad was fresh from the factory. As for the rest of the many apps that you have accumulated over the years, they are placed on your home screen(s) in alphabetical order. Any folders that you may have created to organize your flood of apps are removed, so resetting the home screen layout is not something to take lightly.

If you still feel that it’s just time to unclutter and reorganize your apps, resetting the home screen layout is a rather simple thing to accomplish. Launch Settings, then tap on General and scroll down to Reset. Tap on Reset, and you’ll see a list of things you can reset on your iOS device:

Settings > General > Reset
The button you wish to tap on is highlighted in red in the image above — Reset Home Screen Layout. When you tap that button, you’ll be warned that your home screen is going back to factory defaults. If this is truly what you want to do, tap the red “Reset” button (see below) and be amazed.

Reset Home Screen Layout

Please note that your helpful blogger did not reset his home screen layout for this article, as putting all of those 139 applications on the iPad Air 2 back in their customary folders and locations would not have been a fun task.

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Steve Sande
the authorSteve Sande
Contributing Author
Steve has been writing about Apple products since 1986, starting on a bulletin board system, creating the first of his many Apple-related websites in 1994, joining the staff of The Unofficial Apple Weblog in 2008, and founding Apple World Today in 2015. He’s semi-retired, loves to camp and take photos, and is an FAA-licensed drone pilot.
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