In the old days of iTunes you used to be able to rearrange iOS apps right there in iTunes. But Apple removed that functionality. There’s another way you can do it though, and it’s called Apple Configurator 2. Mac Geek Gab listener Patrick tells us about it.

Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 lets you deploy iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, and Apple TVs in your school or business. You can configure devices in bulk, like updating software, installing apps and configuration profiles, rename and change wallpaper, export device information and documents, and more. Patrick made a video where he shows us how to rearrange apps on the iPhone.

Screenshot of Apple Configurator 2, which you can use to rearrange iOS apps.

Once you download and set up the app (it’s free), you can go to the menu bar and click on Actions > Modify > Home Screen Layout. You can drag and drop apps into folders and rearrange them to your heart’s content. Then, once you click Apply it will push the changes to your device.

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markbanjak

This is not working for a lot of people. Apple has known about this bug since last year. It uploads the current configuration when you hit apply, no changes are applied and you lose all your work. A few people said they rearranged everything and then hit apply and found out it no longer worked. I believe these are people with individual iPhones, not those managing many phones. I loved finding out I could do this, then finding out this did not work was depressing. The rearranging is great, right up until you find out you were waisting your time.… Read more »

Also hand tip! in apple configurator 2 you can use the same method in this article to move WHOLE SCREENS! such a time saver! (just click and hold the screen devide lines) on the modify layout window to ‘pop it out’ and move it to a different location with click hold ‘pop out’ drop.

I can’t make it to show me an accurate view of my iPhone SE (i.e. 4 columns, 5 rows). Hard to position icons in a meaningful way like that. Also LOTS of spinning beach balls, app occasionally totally unresponsive.

furbies

Apple Configurator 2 requires at least 10.12.5 💩