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This iOS 9 trick lets you create folders inside of other folders

Published Oct 13th, 2015 1:47PM EDT
iOS 9 Trick Nested Folder
Image: Screenshot / YouTube

Looking to create nested folders in iOS 9 – you know, placing an app folder into a different app folder so you can free up more screen space? It turns out it’s still possible to place a folder into a different folder thanks to an old glitch that’s still present in Apple’s most recent iOS release. Similar tricks existed in previous versions of iOS.

Weirdly enough, Apple has not fixed this issue, but it hasn’t made it an officially supported iOS 9 feature either.

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The procedure involves certain steps that have to be executed in a precise order – here they are, as listed by iPhone Hacks:

  • Place your primary folder — the one you wish to put your second folder into — in the top right-hand corner of the screen (the fourth column of the first row of icons)
  • Place your secondary folder
  • Tap and hold an icon or folder to begin moving them around
  • Tap and hold your second folder and slowly move it towards the edge of the display while you use another finger to tap your primary folder continually

Yes, it looks like the recipe from some kind of weird magic spell, and chances are you won’t be able to make it work the first time. But once you get used to it, you should be able to created folders inside folders in no time. And you will have to get used to it because as soon as the iPhone restarts, the folders will return to their previous placement.

A video showing the “magic” is embedded below.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.