Like dresser drawers full of unfolded clothing, smart devices can become cluttered with unorganized apps. And like a pair of socks, your apps will become easier to find—and your life will run a little more smoothly—with some strategic compartmentalization. Here are some tips for an organized smart device, using Samsung Galaxy devices as examples.
Look at Your App Storage Options
First, note what kind of organizational structure your smart device will support. On Samsung Galaxy devices, for example, there are two main areas where you can organize your apps—your Home Screen and your Apps Tray.
- Home Screen: Your “active” apps show on the Home Screen, which also houses folders for shortcuts to apps—ideally, the ones you use most—so you cut down on clutter. On smart devices, your active apps drain battery power, so it’s best to shut down as many apps as possible. With the Galaxy S III, you can feel free to shut down your apps, because the shortcuts will always be handy in the Home Screen folders.
- Apps Tray: Your Apps Tray is where all of your apps are stored. Even though you’ll be able to view a lot of them at once with the Galaxy S III’s 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display (720 x 1280 screen resolution), putting apps in folders will make them much easier to find. Here is where organizing can really make a difference.
Decide on Some General Groupings
Before you make the folders, look at the big picture and decide on some general categories that make sense to you. You may want to play around a bit to decide what will go where. Here are some examples:
- Communications: Social media apps, Skype, and anything else that keeps you in touch.
- Games: In addition to your own apps, if you occupy your children with your smart device, you might make a folder just for their games.
- Home: These can include anything from banking to shopping list apps.
- Media & Hobbies: Music- and video-related apps, bird-watching apps, wine and food pairing tools, and Samsung Hub Services such as Readers Hub, which gives you access to over 2000 newspapers and more than 3500 magazines, as well as books.
- Office: Store all work-related apps together—apps for files, note-taking, spreadsheets, presentations, calendar, task management, and so on.
- Photos & Creativity: Everything from Instagram to your photo editor can be stored here.
- Travel: GPS apps, travel deal apps, flight finders, airline apps, tourist guides, and restaurant finders for foreign cities.
You can get more specific or more general, with folders like “Food” or “Just for Fun.” What matters is that the category is relevant to you and that you can remember the kinds of apps you’ve stored there.
Make Folders to Correspond to Your Categories
Once you’ve determined the general categories, make your folders. If you’ve got a lot of apps, you’ll want more folders in your Apps Tray (if you’re working with the Galaxy Note), and fewer folders for shortcuts to your favourites on your Home Screen. You may want to consolidate subjects or name them differently in the two places. Once you’ve made your folders, go into edit mode, and you can drag and drop the apps (or app shortcuts) into them.
That’s it! Now you won’t have to scroll as much, looking for the app you’d like to use. You’ll save time and frustration and will be more inclined to enjoy all the functionality of your apps—and the features of your Galaxy smart device.