Nested folders or (folders within folders) was first discovered during the beta testing of iOS 7. It’s the ability to put a folder into another folder on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How come I can’t simply drag one folder and place it in another folder?

  • The reason you can’t simply do this is because this is a glitch that can be activated by using a few quick movements on your device.
  • iOS 7 folders weren’t intended to be used in this way.

Now in iOS 7, when you create a new folder you can add as many apps into that folder as you want. It may sound kind of pointless to be adding a folder into another folder, but it’s a great way to hide some apps you may not like and tuck them away in a nested folder.

How do I make a nested folder?

Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have two folders on your home screen.
  2. Hold your finger on one of the folders then immediately double press the home button.
  3. You will now see that your device is in wiggle mode and the folder that you held down is now greyed out.
  4. Tap on a folder that you would like to put the greyed out folder into.
  5. Press the home button once.

Now you will see your folder nested into another folder.


How do I remove the nested folder?

Follow these steps.

  1. Press and hold on the nested folder until you enter wiggle mode.
  2. Drag out the nested folder to remove it.

Above, I have prepared a short video to demonstrate how to do this.

It may take a few tries to be successful at nesting a folder because this trick requires fast movement on your device.

Thanks for reading my first article on AppDucate and good luck with nested folders in iOS 7.