4 Smartphone/Tablet Tips & Tricks

August 27, 2013
Liz Weiman’s class, “iWorkshop: Tricks For Smartphones/Tablets & Apps”, shows us how to harness the power of our smartphones/tablets and also introduces us to 30+ of the most essential apps we be using daily on our devices. In advance of her class, she offers us a list of 4 Smartphone/Tablet tips and tricks.

Note: Select devices models may require different methods depending on the version of the operating system.

folder (1)How to Create Folders

Folders are essential to organizing your apps on your Home screen. Here’s how to create folders on both your iPhone/iPad or Android devices. 

 iPhone/iPad: (Note: You need 2 apps to make a folder)

1. Tap and hold one of the apps until the apps start shaking.

2. Drag one of the apps onto the other.

3. Release to create the folder.

Note: You can name the folder, and drag other apps into the folder as long as they are shaking.  

Android devices: (Note: You need 2 apps to make a folder)

1. Tap and hold an app.   

2. Drag one of the apps onto the other.

3. Release to create the folder.

Note: You can name the folder and add other apps to the folder.

How to rearrange the position of icons

It’s easy to swap locations of most of your icons, and even move them to another page. 


1. Tap and hold an app until the icons start shaking.

2. Move the app to a new location with your finger.

Note: To move the icon to a new page, just drag the icon off the screen to the right or left and let it go when the new page displays.

Android devices:

1. Tap and hold any icon on your screen.

2. Drag the icon to a different spot on the screen.

Note: The “All Apps” icon does not change location. You can also drag an icon to the left or right edge of the screen until it starts sliding, then drop the icon to another screen.

How to Capture the Screen


You may need to take a picture of what’s on your screen – maybe an error message, an app screen, or a series of text messages you want to email.


1. Press the Home and Sleep (top-right) buttons at the same time.

2. Go to Photos and open the Camera Roll to find your screenshot.

Android devices:

1. Press and hold the Power and the Volume-Down key at the same time. 
2. Open the Gallery app to see your screenshot saved in the Screenshots album.


How to switch between open apps

In the middle of playing “Words with Friends”, you may want to finish an email or write a quick text message. Most likely, your most-often used apps are already open.   


1. Double press the Home button

2. Tap the icon to reveal the open apps. Swipe to the left to reveal more open apps. 

Android devices:

1. Tap the Recent Apps icon to reveal the apps that you recently opened.
2. Slide down to see more recent apps, and select the displayed app to switch to the open app. 

Note: On select models, you can hold the Home button to reveal recent apps.

This 4-week class begins September 9th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, or to register for this class, click here.