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How to replicate the iOS 14 App Library on Android



Users using iOS 14 App Library to see how it works
Khamosh pathak

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4 introduced an “App Library” feature that acts as an applause. It is a place for your apps to be automatically organized into folders by category. That concept may sound good to you even if you have an Android. Let’s see if we can emulate it.

The app library can be compared to Android’s app box, the place where all apps on your device are stored. The big difference is that the App Library automatically organizes the apps into categories. This can make it easier to find what you are looking for.

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To mimic this feature on an Android device, there are a couple of different approaches we can take. You can download a launcher that supports applause categories or use an applause application with your existing launcher.

Complete your applause

The app library is Apple’s version of an applause, so it makes sense to replace the existing applause in the launcher. “Smart Drawer” is an app that organizes all your apps into categories. You can use it as an applause in any starter program.

First, download Smart Drawer from the Google Play Store to your Android device.

smart box

Open the app and you will be greeted by some introductory pictures. Press “Continue” until you reach “Enable online sorting.” This setting allows the app to automatically sort your apps into categories, so make sure it is enabled and press “Continue”.

enable online sorting

The next screen explains how to replace your existing applause with Smart Drawer. Press Start.

replace the applause

You will be taken to Smart Box with different app categories along the left side of the screen. Tap the category icons to see your apps. It may take a few minutes before all your apps are organized.

applause categories

You can tap the “Search” icon in the upper right corner to find a specific app.

search for an app

Long press on an app to view more options. From here you can drag it to another category.

move the app to a new category

You can add a category by tapping the three-dot icon in the upper right corner and selecting “Add Category”. The free version of Smart Drawer allows a maximum of six categories.

add new category

To delete a category, long press on the category icon and then select “Delete”.

delete category

The advantage of Smart Drawer is that you can place the app icon anywhere on your home screen and you have access to an organized box.

Try a new launcher

The startup program is the app that you see as your home screen. One of the coolest things about Android is that you can easily change the launcher. That’s what we’re going to do here.

First, download “Smart Launcher 5” from the Google Play Store on your Android device.

smart launcher 5

Open the launcher and press “Get started”. Accept the terms and conditions to continue.

press to get started

Then you will see a list of permissions. You do not have to allow all of these permissions to use the launcher. The only condition we need is “Storage;” the others are for widgets and other optional features. Press “Next” when done.

grant permissions and press next

Android will ask you to grant all the permissions you have activated. Press “Allow”.

allow permissions

You will now be asked to select a wallpaper. Make your selection and press “Next”.

select a background and press next

The app will ask if you want to unlock all features with a Premium subscription. This is not necessary for what we are going to do. Touch the “X” icon in the upper right corner.

skip premium

You will now see the default start screen for the start program. App library-like categories can be accessed by swiping up on the home screen.

app categories demo

The startup program can be used perfectly well just like this. But if you are interested in removing some of the extra stuff (news feed, widget panel, etc.), we have a file that you can download to import a more cleared home screen.

First, download this file to your Android device. You must extract the ZIP file before proceeding.

RELATED: How to open a ZIP file on an Android phone or tablet

Now that the backup has been downloaded, tap and hold on the Home screen to open the “Settings” panel, then select “Show All Settings.”

press show all settings

Select “Backup” from Settings.

select backup

Then tap the “Folder” icon in the lower left corner.

tap the folder icon

Select the file you downloaded earlier. A message explains that recovery from this backup deletes the current configuration. Press “OK”.

restore from backup

You will return to your home screen. Now all you have to do is swipe over to the home screen on the far right to see the faux app library.

home screen gif

The launcher automatically sorts your apps into the categories listed in the lower bar. To add a new category, tap the three-point menu icon and select “Add Category.” You can choose between one of the preset categories and your apps are sorted.

Add Category

To delete a category, long press on the icon and press “Trash” to delete it.

delete category


These solutions are not exactly like the App 14 library in iOS 14, but they let you automatically organize apps. It can be difficult to sort dozens of apps on your phone. Hopefully these solutions can help.




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