Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tip: Utilize folders in the launcher tray [Video]

Most of you already know that you can make and utilize folders pretty easily with Ice Cream Sandwich, Basically, from one of your home screens, you tap and hold on any app icon and move it over another app, release it, and walla, you have a new folder. To add apps to that folder or any other existing folder, you just tap and hold any other app icon and move it to the already created folder and release it.

What you may not know is that you can do this within the launcher tray as well. With Ice Cream Sandwich, you are given 4 spots for any apps you choose. Assuming you already have an app in one of the 4 spots, just tap and hold on any icon that is on your home screen and move it right over the existing app in that spot, release it,  and you will create a folder. Of course, you can add more apps just like any other folder. Why would you do this? It allows you to free up even more space for your gorgeous wall papers or if you want to have larger widgets on your home screens. It also gives you access to those folders on every home screen which is very convenient. I did up a short video showing you how it works.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Elytherial Luna

    thank you, i couldn’t figure out how to do the folders on the homescreen.  i rushed thru the demo thing when i got the phone, i was so excited about it.  Happy New Year!!

  • Anonymous

    A really nice feature. On of the few items from iOS that is nice to have.

  • Dan Finger

    what if you decide later that you don’t want that folder anymore? How do you break it up? thanks

    • Jordan Welbourne

      Just click the folder and drag the other items out of it.

  • Kanwar

    Can we not get folders in the app drawer…..

  • Nick

    Good article. So I did this with two icons below the line (in my case, the browser and the email) and nothing like a folder appeared. Instead, I got a sort of overlaid icon which I can move but not separate. There’s no UNDO that I can find so how do I get out of this?

    • Nick

      Aha. I figured it out. Despite its unimpressive appearance, the icon seems to function as a folder, so I was able to drag the components back to their original locations.

      Whew. Reinstall avoided again! ;-)

  • anon

    It’s voila you fool…not walla

  • BigRock

    Folders keep moving from main screen. How do I get a “folder” to move back to main screen. I’ve tried all sorts of drag concepts, but nothing seem to work. HeelllPPP?