We use our smartphones for a lot of things than just calling. Think, what are the things that you ‘do’, using your phone? Let me help you think. Do you watch live T.V or YouTube videos? Listen to music? Read News or books on the e-reader? Play games? Order food or groceries? Shop for apparels and other products? Book tickets for travel, movies, plays etc? And we carry out all these functions worth the help of mobile apps testing tools.
So, we can sort the mobile apps testing tools into various folders and label them with verbs such as Play, Watch, Listen, Read, Order, Book etc. You would be surprised, how speedily you are able to find and open the app if your choice.
Look at this example: I have created a folder and named it ‘watch’. It contains all the apps that I use to watch such as YouTube, Hotstar etc. So, as soon as you want to watch something, you will have all the options in one place, in front of you.
You must have used this efficient method for sorting notes and emails etc. Colour coding is also used in schools and in sports to differentiate between various teams. Since we are visually stimulated by the color of an object and also easily remember and identify it, colors can be a great way to categorize various apps. You must have noticed that the icons of apps are designed in such a way that they convey a distinct character and we easily identify them. Sorting them by colors, therefore, appears to be a great method.
To do so, drag the icons of the apps starting with any one color, say yellow. All the apps that have a yellow icon, should be placed together. Next, start with another color, say red and drag all the red icons right next to each other. In this way, continue until all the apps are placed according to their color scheme.
With icons arranges color wise, your home screen appears vibrant and beautiful with this kind of app arrangement.
Well, this may be the most common method of placing the apps on the home screen. It is also the default android app placement technique. Alphabetical arrangement is the most convenient way of sorting things. In this method, the name of apps are taken into consideration and they are arranged from A to Z. You can also create alphabet folders such as A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and so on and group all the apps named with a particular alphabet into that folder.
If you are generally good at remembering names, then this method of sorting would be more ideal for you as compared to the other two methods, that is, color coding and action words. Given below are steps used in Android phones and iPhones to
|For Android smartphones and tablets.||
For I phones
· From the Home screen tap on the Menu button
· Now press the left softkey
· Tap on the Sort menu and from the list check “Alphabetical
· Launch the Settings app
· Tap “General.”
· Scroll down and tap “Reset.”
· Tap “Reset Home Screen Layout.”
The default apps will be placed in their default locations, and downloaded apps will be sorted alphabetically.
In this method, the most important thing to be considered is, what the position of your hand is when you use or hold your phone. We all position our hand differently while using the phone. If you operate with one hand, mostly using your thumb to tap on apps, you would barely reach the perimeter of your phone. In this case, it would be ideal to place the apps you use frequently around the phone’s edges.
For those who hold the phone with one hand and use the index finger of the other to use a touchscreen, it will be easier to decide, how the apps should be placed on the screen.
If you are a person, who likes to be really organized and would prefer to stack your apps neatly in folders then this may not be the most appropriate arrangement for you.
Think of the various themes or genres that you can divide your apps into. These could be: entrainment-which can include music player, video player, games etc; chatting & messaging- which will have twitter, SMS, WhatsApp, hangout etc; organizers- this can include calendar, notepad, alarm, organizer and so on.
In this method, we do not make folders but arrange these apps according to their theme in a row. We dedicate a row each to one of the themes. Thus, when we group similar apps, we can swiftly identify the row that contains the required app.
So, if you are not a big fan of folders this is your thing.
Another great way to arrange apps on the home screen is, in order of the frequency of their usage. So, if you start scrolling through apps to look for a particular app, you will not have to go through a mound of apps that you are not looking for.
The most often used apps are messaging, messenger, calling, contacts etc.. We use them every 30 minutes. All these could be placed on the first page of the home screen so that they can be spotted easily and accessed without any trouble. Also place here the camera, as it needs to be accessed quickly when the need arises. The next set of apps that are used once or twice in a day such as an internet browser, dictionary, music player, etc could be placed on the second page of the home screen. Then we could arrange games on the third page of the home screen, as they tend to distract us from our work. This order would definitely be different from the work of different people differs and so do their priorities. You should aim at having a maximum of three home screens.
If for you, ‘normal is boring’ try using Emoji labels for your folders. Use verb based categorization to choose ideal emoji. This will pep up your home screen and it will be truly customized to your tastes. Thus, only you would know what a particular folder contains. Look at these examples:
As discussed above, another important aspect of app management is properly managing all the apps present in your smartphone. This is basically a two-step procedure:
STEP 1: Review
STEP 2: Install, Update or uninstall
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