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Here’s how to create folders on Samsung devices, whether it’s the App’s Folder or a folder in the file manager:

Sick of endlessly swiping through a disorganized mess of apps on your Samsung Galaxy phone? Custom home screen folders are the simple solution you need to finally find order in the chaos.

It only takes seconds to group related apps into tidy categorized folders right on your home screen. Just tap and drag one app icon onto another to bundle them, then name the folder whatever matches – “Social”, “Music”, “Work”, etc. Arrange these folders and the apps within them however you prefer. Instant organization!

Apply similar folder techniques to wrangle expanding document collections within File Manager as well. Craft smart folders to sort photos, downloads, work files, music, and more.

Creating App Folders on the Home Screen

There are two main ways to create folders for your apps on the Samsung phone’s home screen:

Method 1: Drag and Drop

  • Tap and hold any app icon on your home screen.
  • Drag it onto another app icon that you want to group with it.
  • A folder preview will appear. Release your finger when you see it.
  • You’ll be prompted to name the folder. (Optional: Choose a color for the folder as well.)
  • Your new folder is created, containing the two apps you selected.

Method 2: Using the Apps Menu

Tip: You can add more apps to your folder anytime by dragging them onto it. To remove an app, simply tap and hold it, then drag it out of the folder.

screenshot of apps folder being created on samsung

In my experience of using Samsung devices, I found that creating custom home screen app folders really helped organize things. When I wanted to make an app folder, this is what worked well for me:

I would start by opening up my Samsung’s home screen Apps menu. From there, I located the particular app icon I wanted to folder and pressed & held down on it.

Then, I dragged that app right on top of another app that made sense to group together. Dropping the icon directly onto the other instantly created a new folder containing both apps for me.

Once my new app folder was automatically generated, I tapped to open it up. Right at the top I saw the default name showing, which was just “Folder.” Tapping on that name field allowed me to relabel it to whatever custom name fit my needs.

In my experience, I found a few handy things about using Samsung home screen folders:

  • I could keep piling more apps in by dragging their icons onto my existing folders. This kept all my tools for work, games, creative apps, etc neatly in one spot.
  • If I wanted to reorder the apps within a folder, tapping and prolong holding let me freely drag the icons around.
  • Tapping the 3-dot menu while the folder was open offered me different color options. I loved assigning colors to categorize the folders at a quick glance.
  • Removing an app out of a folder again was as easy as tapping and holding the icon to drag it back to the Apps menu or another home screen location.

Creating File Folders in My Files App

For organizing your documents, photos, videos, and other files, Samsung provides the My Files app.

  1. Open the My Files app.
  2. Navigate to the location where you want to create the folder (e.g., Downloads, Documents).
  3. Tap the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select “Folder”.
  5. Name your folder and tap “Create”.

Now you can move existing files into your new folder by selecting them, tapping the “More” menu (three dots), and choosing “Move” or “Copy”.

screenshot of three dots from the file manager samsung
screenshot of create folder highlighted from the menu in file manager samsung
screenshot of naming a folder in file manager
screenshot of named filemanager
screenshot of folder created on samsung filemanager

Additional Tips and Tricks

  • In my experience, there are a few handy tricks to better organize and customize your phone’s home screen and folders:
  • I found that long pressing a folder in the Apps menu and dragging it to an empty spot on my home screen is a quick way to add folders right where I want them.
  • When I needed to edit an existing home screen folder, tapping and holding it brought up options to rename, move, or delete that folder. This helped me keep things tidy.
  • I was pleased to discover some widgets can go directly within folders too. Adding a notes widget inside a Work folder, for instance, gave me fast access to that information from my home screen. Check which widgets have this capability.
  • If the standard options still left me wanting more customization, downloading one of the many third-party launcher apps opened up even more possibilities to tailor my home screen and folders to my liking.
  • Overall, taking some time to explore my home screen settings empowered me to optimize my most-used phone space to best suit my needs and preferences. I encourage you to try out some of these tips too!

This blog is applicable for all the: 

  • Galaxy S series (S22, S21, S20, S10, etc)
  • Galaxy Note series (Note 20, Note 10, etc)
  • Galaxy Z Foldables (Z Fold 4/3, Z Flip 4/3)
  • Galaxy A series (A53 5G, A32, etc)
  • Galaxy M series
  • Galaxy F series
  • Galaxy Xcover rugged phones
  • Galaxy J series

In my experience, the process for making folders outlined here works across all the latest and older models of these main Samsung Galaxy smartphone series. So just about any Samsung device should allow you to better organize apps through folder creation.


That’s it for the blog post today. I hope you find the information helpful and useful. If you find anything difficult, let us know in the comments section below. I hope you enjoyed it.

Today, I showed you how to create an apps folder on Samsung devices and also how to create a folder in the file manager on Samsung devices. This information is applicable for all Samsung phones from 2017 to 2024 and upcoming Samsung smartphones too.

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I'm Maruti Kashyap, your Samsung tech expert with over 10 years of experience. Find troubleshooting guides, performance tips, and app recommendations at GuruSamsung.com. With access to global Samsung service centers, I'm always up-to-date on the latest. Join me for a seamless Samsung experience.

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