Resetting your Home Screen Layout

If you keep a lot of apps on your iPhone and are always moving icons around, you may sometimes find that you’ve hit a point where things are just too overwhelming and you can’t really find anything anymore. Sometimes it’s nice just to start with a clean layout. The good news is that iOS makes this pretty easy, with a one-tap setting that lets you easily reset your home screen icon layout back to its factory defaults – without affecting any other data or settings on your device.

Resetting your Home Screen Layout

To do this, simply go into the iOS Settings app, and choose General, Reset, Reset Home Screen Layout. You’ll be prompted to confirm you want to do this (and keep in mind, it’s irreversible if you proceed), after which your icons will all be nicely organized with the built-in apps in their original, out-of-the-box configuration, and everything else sorted alphabetically after that. Note that this will also remove all of your folders, placing your app icons at the home screen level, but if you feel inundated by apps, this can be a great way to do a spring cleaning and get rid of apps you no longer need that may have otherwise been hidden away in folders.

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