How to quickly get a list of all the apps installed on your iPhone or iPad

Don't scroll screen by screen. A simple search lists all your iOS apps

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If yours is anything like my household, you've got an awful lot of apps installed on your iPhone or iPad. Here's a trick to list them all, including the folders where those apps are hiding.

It just takes a simple Spotlight search, the Technofriends blog points out. Swipe down from any screen in iOS7 to bring up the search box (but don't swipe down from the very top of the screen, because that'll bring up the notification center instead. Swipe from top to bottom in the middle of the screen instead.). In iOS 6, swipe all the way to the first screen (swiping left to right) to get to the Spotlight search.

Then, search for "." without the quotes. That's right; enter a period and hit enter and you'll get a list of your installed apps and the folder location for them.

This comes in useful if you want to audit the apps you have installed. (Don't judge me; the screenshot below is simply proof my daughter uses the iPad more than I do.)

iPad apps

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the order in which the apps are listed.

If you want an easier way to organize your many apps in iOS, you could also do a quick search for them on your computer in iTunes.

Read more of Melanie Pinola’s Tech IT Out blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @melaniepinola. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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