I Cannot See All the Apps on My iPad


Any iPad running iOS 4.3 or later can have up to 11 home screens to house your apps, plus additional storage in folders. If you do not know which version of the iOS operating system your iPad has, plug it into iTunes as if you were going to sync it, and then check the main summary page in iTunes to see if you have an update notification. If not, your iOS is up to date.

Standard App Access

  • Each time you download a new app, the icon for that app will load onto your iPad's home screen. If your first home screen is full, new apps will download to the next open home screen. You can access the additional home screens by swiping your finger across the screen from right to left, and return to previous screens by swiping in the opposite direction. This will reveal all apps and folders you have available on the home screens.

App Folders

  • The iPad also lets you store apps in folders. You will not see the individual iPad apps stored in these folders until you open the folder. Create a folder by pressing and holding an app until all icons begin to shake, and then drag one icon onto another to place them into the folder. When you want to open the folder to see your apps later, tap the folder icon on your home screen and it will open, revealing your additional apps.

App Limits

  • There is no specific limit to the number of apps your iPad can hold, other than your device's storage capacity. However, each home screen can only hold 20 app icons plus the six apps in your dock. You can also replace any home screen app icon with a folder that can house up to 20 apps within that folder. This lets you have up to 400 apps per home screen plus the six dock apps, which can also be folders containing up to 20 apps each. This brings your total visible app limit to 4,520.

Accessing Additional Apps

  • If you have more than 4,520 apps or are not using folders to their full capacities, some of your apps will not be visible. In this case, you need to use the spotlight search function to find the app you want. From your first home screen, swipe your finger from left to right to reveal the search page. Type the first few letters of name of the app you want to open, and then tap it to select it from the list that appears. If you want this app to appear on your home screen, you will need to clear other apps from the screen to make room. Delete any apps you don't want to use, or place multiple apps in folders to free up additional space on your screens.

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