The first Home Screen of your iPhone or iPad is pretty important, when you think about it. It’s the easiest screen to reach with the Home button, so a lot of people want to keep their most important apps on it. But how do you decide which apps should be there?
One obvious approach is simply to think about the tasks you do on your device most frequently, then arrange apps and folders accordingly. Unless you roll with daytime and nighttime iPhones, your first Home Screen might be all work, all play, or a mix of both.
A handy trick that might help you pick the best apps for your first Home Screen is to check the app switcher every now and then. If you double-tap the Home button, you’ll see the apps, in order, that you used most recently. Swipe to the left and you’ll see more.
At least some of the apps you see regularly in the first 1-3 collections of the app switcher are probably prime candidates for your first Home Screen. You may find that apps you previously buried in a folder on the last page are the ones you use most frequently, and moving them to your first Home Screen can save you some daily time and effort digging to find them.