We got App Library feature months ago, almost a year ago actually with release of iOS 14. And now that I’ve been living with it for all this time, I realized it’s not all that great. Sure, it holds your apps that you removed from home screens, similarly like App Drawer does on Android, but what really doesn’t help are actually its categories. Every time I need to run an app that I don’t have on any of the home screens, I have to go to App Library and then dig through categories where you can’t really be sure where app will be placed within many categories.
Like for example, “Reddit” is in “Information & Reading” instead in “Social”. Why? Or how Apple’s own translation app is in “Information & Reading”, but Microsoft’s Translator app is in “Productivity & Finance”. Others are for the most part in correct categories, but still. That’s not helping.
Then there is the fact it displays categories with 3 apps with big icons and 4th opens up the rest that aren’t listed there which takes additional time of your attention to figure whether you have it there in big icon or you have to expand the category. Even more so because the big icons have no text labels so you have to entirely depend on recognizing them through icon.
Every time I need to got o App Library I notice I’m spending too much time looking for app that I want which I think it’s the opposite of what it should App Library be doing. Which is make faster access to apps.
What I prefer more is actually the alphabetically ordered app list with alphabet index on the side for quick jump that you can access by pulling the screen down when on App Library main screen.
This here is so much more convenient. I already know the first letter of an app because of what its name is which means I already roughly know where it should be. And instead of scrolling through entire list, you just drag finger over the alphabet index on the right side and it instantly jumps to that letter.
It’s by far the fastest method to find an app. I even hate Android’s grid ordered App Drawers because they are not easy to find apps in. Lists in alphabetical order with index are the shit.
Main issue here is that on iOS 14, there is just TOO MANY steps to reach the list view. I have 2 home screens and third is the App Library. So I have to swipe to the side twice to reach App Library. Then I need to swipe down and then I get the list view.
Why not be able to select default view for the App Library? So that when you reach the App Library it would already be in the list view by default. I’d very much prefer that.
Instead, I often just drag the screen down on my home screens to see Siri suggestions and app that I want is probably already there. Or I just use search there to look up for the app by searching for it. Which kinda defeats the purpose of the fancy App Library. It’s really just a holding bin for all the apps you don’t use and nothing else. It could be better and more useful than that…