How To Add Folders And Tabs To Your Android App
With so many apps on our Android phones and tablets, many of us are trying to organize them by categories, importance, folders etc. Besides using folders on the home screens, there is also a way to organize your apps into custom folders in your own app drawer menu.
Install a custom launcher to organize your apps
Chances are that you are currently running the pre-installed launcher that came with your device. Most stock launchers, like the Google Experience Launcher (GEL), don’t support folders in the app drawer menu. That’s why you will first need to install a custom launcher.
If you like the stock Android experience, we can recommend you Nova Launcher Prime, which adds tons of useful features, without adding many complications.
Folders vs. Tabs in your app drawer menu
With Nova Launcher you now have two different options you can choose from when it comes to sorting and organizing your apps. Folders and tabs.
Folders within the app drawer menu look pretty much exactly the ones you have on your home screen. You simply add multiple apps, which are now grouped into the space an app icon would usually fit. With tabs, however, you can have separate category pages in your apps menu.
Define the app folders or tabs you want to create
Now that you have the option to organize your apps in the app drawer menu you should decide what folders you want to create. You can use categories like Games, Productivity, Office Apps, etc. FYI, all the apps that have no category assigned to them will appear in a separate folder, organized alphabetically.
Create your folders or tabs
After figuring out the way you want to sort your apps, go ahead and create the folders of your choice. To add a folder to your app drawer menu, open your Nova Setting app > Drawer > Drawer Groups.
Press on the plus sign in the top right corner of the screen to add a tab or folder. In the pup-up window you will be able to assign a name to the tab, change its color, select the apps you want to have in that folder or tab, and whether the apps you put inside groups be moved there or simply copied.
Populate folders and tabs with apps
Now that you have created all the tabs and folders you need, it’s time to put some apps inside! There are two ways you can do this: from the Nova Settings menu, or by long-pressing an app icon in the app drawer menu, and dragging it towards the “edit” section in the top-right corner of the screen.
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by techtalks @TechTalks January 25, 2016 5:17 AM UTC