How to use the app library on iPad

For non-iPhone users who own an iPad, the app library introduced with iPadOS 15 may be brand new. So what is it and how do you use it? Everything you need to know about the App Library on iPad is here.

table of contents

What is the app library?
Access the app library on the iPad
View apps in the library
Search for apps in the library
Move apps to and from the library
Move apps to the app library
Move apps from the app library
New app downloads
App library notification badge

What is the app library?

Just like the app library that was introduced on iPhone with iOS 14, this is a central place for all of your apps. It provides easy access to apps that you use frequently and that you’ve recently downloaded. It also contains your apps in practical category folders and offers a search function.

In addition to effectively organizing your apps, a great benefit of the App Library is that it allows you to minimize the number of apps that you keep on your home screen. So you can remove an app from a screen and easily access it in the app library.

How does it all work? Continue reading!

Access the app library on the iPad

There are two easy ways to access the app library on your iPad.

The first way to visit the App Library is to swipe to your last home screen. Regardless of how many screens you use on your iPad, the App Library is always the last.


The second is by tapping the icon in your Dock. You will see the App Library icon on the far right of your Dock.

If you don’t like the app library icon in your Dock, you can remove it. Open Settings and tap on “Start Screen & Dock” on the left. Turn off the switch for Show app library in dock.

View apps in the library

Once you get to the app library you will see the folders mentioned above. Start with Suggestions (apps you use often) and Recently Added in the top left. The remaining folders are categorized with the appropriate app types, e.g. B. Entertainment, business and games. Just tap any app you see in a folder to open it.

App library on the iPad

You may also notice a small cluster of app icons in a folder. If you have more than four apps in this folder to fill the grid, the rest of them fall into this group.

App library folder with group

Tap the group to expand it and see the apps it contains. To open one, just tap on it.

Extended group in the app library

Search for apps in the library

You’ve probably already noticed the large search box at the top of the app library. Enter a keyword to find any app on your device.

Search by keyword


You can also search for apps alphabetically. Tap in the search field or slide your finger down the screen. You will see the letters on the right side of the app list. That way you can tap to jump to a specific letter to find your app.

Search alphabetically

Move apps to and from the library

As mentioned, since the App Library contains all of your iPad apps, there is no need to keep them on your home screens. This is a great way to tidy up your screens, especially if you have apps that you don’t use often. That being said, you should know how to move apps to and from the app library.

Move apps to the app library

When you have an app on your screen that you want to move to the library, press and hold the app icon. When you see the menu, choose Remove App.

Tap Remove App

Then select “Remove from Home Screen”. Instead of deleting the app from your device, it simply removes it from your home screen. You can then go to the app library whenever you want to open it.

Tap Remove from Home Screen

Move apps from the app library

If you want to place an app from the library on your home screen, it’s very easy. Press and hold the app icon. Select “Add to Home Screen” from the menu.

Tap Add to Home Screen

New app downloads

You can decide where to take new apps that you download onto your iPad. They’re always available in the app library, but you can also add them to your home screen.


Open Settings and tap on “Start Screen & Dock” on the left. On the right, under Newly downloaded apps, tap either “Add to Home Screen” or “App Library Only”.

Choose a location for new apps

With this simple tweak, you can move all of your new apps straight to the app library without going to your home screen as well.

App library notification badge

If you want to keep apps in the library instead of on your home screen, you may want to turn on notification badges so you don’t miss any visual warnings.

Open Settings and tap on “Start Screen & Dock” on the left. Under Notification Badges, turn on the switch for Show in app library.

Activate notification badges in the app library

Now that you know the ins and outs of the App Library on iPad, there is a built-in method to organize your apps.

How to show or hide notification badges in app library on iPhone

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