Last week I talked about an homescreen experiment I was going to do.  I’m pretty happy with the result, but before I start to show it to you I’d like to make a recap of what it actually is, quoting Minimalmac: See here is the deal, I have come to believe that the only icons […]
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A Homescreen Clean-up Experiment – Part Two [iPhone Tips and Tricks]

My homescreen before the challenge

Last week I talked about an homescreen experiment I was going to do.  I’m pretty happy with the result, but before I start to show it to you I’d like to make a recap of what it actually is, quoting Minimalmac:

See here is the deal, I have come to believe that the only icons that should be on the first screen are the ones you really use. And by use I mean at least once a week and ideally several times a day. And while I can say for certain that applies to many of the apps that you see in this screenshot, others I am less sure about.
Therefore, here is the plan. With the exception of those in the ‘dock ‘ area (Phone, Mail, Messages, and Safari) which I consider crucial to the entire point of even having an iPhone, I am going to clear everything from the home screen. Any apps that get accessed more than once in the course of the next week will be allowed to come back.

Unlike other iphone users, I tend to use many apps every day. Some of them are used in the morning when I’m at school, some of them before going to sleep, and others are used all day long.

So what about my homescreen? First of all, every app I take into consideration must follow MinimalMac’s rule of being used at least twice. Then I decided to go this way: if I only use an app in a particular period of the day it goes to the second page. If I use it all day day it stays in the first one.

At the top of the post you can see my previous homescreen, now take a look at what it is now.

My homescreen after the challenge

Although I followed the rules, I’ve broken them two times, first time for SimpleNote and the second for Foobi.
I don’t use SimpleNote on a daily basis but I need to be able to write in a note as quick as possible so keeping it in another homescreen wouldn’t be so productive and would annoy me. Foobi is a food tracker and I open it the first available moment after I’m done eating a meal. My memory sucks and I would forgot to track the food if I moved it away from the initial homescreen.

My homescreen didn’t change too much after the challenge, but it was a way to re-think about the apps I have installed on my iphone. I rarely use an app from the third or the fourth page, so what’s the point of keeping them? I don’t know. Months ago I said that you should delete every “just in case” and I did it, but now my iphone is filled again with these apps. Time to do a major cleaning?

What about you? Have you tried to do the challenge? What are your results?

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