How to create a folder on the phone: You have decided to tidy up and manage files on your mobile just like you usually do on your computer. You would like, therefore, to be able to divide your apps, your documents, your photos and all the other files into neat folders, in order to find everything quickly, without wasting precious time in fruitless searches. There is only one small problem: you really have no idea how to go about creating folders on your phone. Are you in this unpleasant situation? Then I am happy to inform you that you have come to the right place at the right time!
Continuing reading this tutorial, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to create a folder on your phone , whether you are using an Android smartphone or an iPhone . You don’t have to worry because, as you can see with your own eyes, it is a very simple procedure that can be done in no time. To complete it, you can use the apps already present on your device or, alternatively, from apps developed by third parties, in the event that those present “standard” in the operating system are not to your taste. Also, if you’re interested, I’ll also show you how to create password-protected folders.
How do you say? Is that exactly what you wanted to know and now you can’t wait to start tidying up on your smartphone? So make yourself comfortable, pick up your phone and carefully follow what I’m about to tell you. In no time at all, your mobile will be sorted and all your files divided into organized and functional folders. At this point, I just have to wish you good reading and good work!
How to create a folder on Android mobile
If you are using an Android smartphone , there are many methods you can use to create folders. You can take advantage of the file manager pre-installed on your device or other solutions available on the Play Store or third-party stores. In the next lines I will describe how to do both in the first and in the second case, in the event that the integrated file manager is not for you.
If you want to create a folder with the apps installed on your device, all you have to do is access the Home screen or the drawer (the menu where all the apps are), perform a long tap on the icon of the first application you want to add to a folder and drag it to that of a second app that you want to include in the same folder: the folder will be created automatically and you can rename it as you see fit.
Afterward, you will simply have to drag and drop the icons of the other apps you want to add onto the folder icon. For more details, I invite you to consult my tutorials on how to create folders on Huawei) and Samsung.
Default file manager
Have you decided to try using the default file manager installed on your smartphone? Very good! It is, in fact, a rather convenient solution that allows you to create folders without having to download anything and, consequently, reduce the steps to reach the final result.
Ready to proceed? First, unlock the phone, go to the Home screen and look for the “standard” File manager icon installed on your device. If you can’t find it, it could be in the applications menu (the drawer ) where all the apps are present. Additionally, the file manager may have different names depending on the brand of phone you use; the most common are usually File Manager (on Huawei devices) and Storage (on Samsung devices).
Once found, tap on the relevant icon and, in the new screen that has opened, select the File or Local item (always based on the brand you use) and choose whether to manage the files in the internal memory or those on the SD card , by tapping on the relevant item in the list.
Now comes the most interesting part. To create a folder, all you have to do is press the button with the three dots and tap on the New folder item . Done? Excellent, now give a name to the folder you just created, typing it in the appropriate field, and press the OK button to confirm. In the list of folders already present in that specific section you will see the one you have just created appear, positioned in alphabetical order.
Now you just have to add the files you want inside it. Also in this case, it is a very easy operation: you just have to select them with a long tap in the File Manager , check all the ones you want to move and press the Copy button . If you prefer to remove them from the old folder so that they are only present in the new one, press the Transfer / Move button instead .
At this point, you just have to reach the folder you just created, tap on it and press the Paste button . After waiting for a couple of seconds, you will see all the files you have decided to transfer appear. Simple, isn’t it?
It may happen that the “stock” file manager does not meet the expectations of those who use it. If you too find yourself in this situation and you have noticed that the file manager of your smartphone is not for you, I want to recommend another application that you can use to create folders on your device.
It is Google’s Files , a free file manager developed by the giant search engine, useful to make order within the smartphone, catalog the content , monitor the memory space and exploiting the various backup functions offered by the service .
Did I intrigue you? So now I’ll explain how to download the app and start using it. First, unlock your device and tap the Play Store icon (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol). Once open, type in the search bar “Google files”, select the app from the results and tap the Install button . If you use an Android device without Play Store, for example a Huawei device with AppGallery, you can download the application from an alternative store.
From the home screen, then tap the Browse button in the center of the menu located at the bottom. Then scroll down the page until you find the item Storage devices : under it you can choose whether to manage the space in the internal memory or on the SD card . Tap on the option you want and, in the new screen that has opened, press the icon with the three vertical dots (top right). From the appeared menu then select the Add new folder item , give a name to the folder you just created and tap the Create Folder button .
To add the files to the folder you just created, go back to the Browse menu and search for the files to move (by going to Internal Memory or SD Card , depending on their location). In the new screen that has opened, then make a long tap on the file to be allocated to the new folder: to select more than one, put the check mark on all those you want to move.
At this point, press the icon with the three vertical dots (top right) and, from the menu that is proposed to you, select the Copy to item or the Move to item (choosing the second option the files will not be duplicated). Finally, indicate whether to allocate them to the internal memory or to the SD card , press the icon of the folder you just created and tap the Move here button . The files will be copied or transferred immediately.
How to create a folder on iPhone
Do you want to create and manage your folders on iPhone ? Then I am pleased to inform you that this is a simple operation that you can carry out using the tools included in your “iPhone by”.
If you want to create a folder with the apps on the iPhone , all you have to do is access the Home screen and perform a long tap on the icon of any app, until the context menu disappears and all the icons of the screen. Alternatively, on the most recent versions of iOS, you can also do a long tap on a point on the Home screen without icons.
At this point, drag the first application you want to add to your folder on the icon of the second app you want to put in the same folder and this will be created automatically. Therefore, assign a name to the folder you just created and drag the icons of the other applications you want to include into it.
I point out that you can also select multiple apps together, by holding down the icon of one of them and then making a single tap (with another finger) on the icons of the others. For all the details, read my tutorial on organizing apps on iPhone.
On iOS 14 and later there is also a screen, called App Library , after the Home screen, which automatically groups all the apps on the phone into folders. Grouping is automatic, so there is no need to manually create such folders.
File , the file manager installed on all iOS devices from version 11 onwards, allows you to easily manage files and folders, a bit like the Finder on macOS or File Explorer on Windows.
To start using it, unlock your iPhone and go to the Home screen. Now, select the Files app icon , which has a blue folder on a white background. If you don’t find it, you may have mistakenly deleted it, but you can safely download it again via the App Store .
Now, from the main screen, tap Browse in the bottom menu. In this way you will be able to access all the positions on which it is possible to go to trade. You can choose whether to create a new folder in iCloud Drive , Apple’s cloud storage space, or directly on the iPhone .
Once you have selected the space, all you have to do is perform a long tap anywhere on the screen. A small horizontal menu will open. At this point, you just have to press on the New folder item , give it a name by typing it in the space provided and, once done, press on the End item . The new folder will be added to those already present. You can repeat the procedure as many times as there are folders you want to create.
To move the files to the new folder, instead, proceed as follows: tap on Locations to go back, select the folder from which you want to take the files, press on the Select item (top right) and check all the items you want to move. At this point, tap the folder icon from the bottom menu and select the destination folder. Then tap on the Copy item and that’s it!
Do you want some more information to create folders on your iPhone? Then I suggest you also read my dedicated guide, in which I also told you about Readdle ‘s Documents , an excellent alternative file manager for iOS / iPadOS to which you can contact if Apple’s default file manager does not satisfy you.
How to create a secret folder on mobile
Do you want to create a secret folder to keep the files inside it away from prying eyes? There are several ways to accomplish this. Now I show you how to create a folder on your phone and password protect it quickly and easily with apps designed for this purpose.
If you use an Android terminal , you can create secret folders with the Folder Lock app , useful for protecting different types of files by using a PIN . It is an extremely intuitive and easy-to-use app, available in a free and PRO version (€ 4.49). The latter eliminates all advertising banners and allows access to advanced functions such as synchronizing files to the cloud and using the stealth mode.
To download it, go to the Play Store (the symbol ▶ ︎ colored) and, in the search bar at the top, type “Folder Lock” . Then select the app from the search results and press the Install button . At the end of the operation, however, tap the Open button or the application icon added to the Home screen / drawer to start it.
If you use an Android device without the Play Store, for example a Huawei device with AppGallery, you can get the application by contacting one of the many alternative stores available.
When the application is started, press the Allow button twice in a row, so that it can have access to the files. At this point, all you have to do is enter the PIN you want to use, press the OK button and confirm it by typing it again.
From the home screen of the app, then select the category of files you want to protect and transfer them to a folder already present by default (or alternatively create a new one, by pressing the (+) button , giving it a name and pressing the button Yes ). At this point, press the lock icon and the file or folder will be protected by the previously selected password.
Another solution that I want to tell you is called Norton App Lock , a free digital security app, created by the well-known cybersecurity brand Norton, useful for blocking access to the apps you want to protect via a lock sequence or code .
Its peculiarity is that it allows you to block access to entire applications, without having to encrypt each folder individually. In short, you can block access to the entire file manager to ensure that all its contents are protected from prying eyes.
Done? Well, now tap the Configuration button and, in the screen where you have been redirected, look for the Norton App Lock Service item : tap it, move the lever and finally press the OK button .
Now the initial setup is done and you have enabled the app. All you have to do is select your lock pattern (or alternatively a numeric code), confirm it, and select your Google account to recover your password in case you forget it. Once this is done, press the OK button and then click Continue .
On the main screen you will only have to tap on the app you want to block (whose name will turn green). Each time someone tries to open it, they will need to enter the pattern lock or code.
iPhone does not allow you to enter passwords directly to protect all types of folders. However, there is a solution that allows you to create folders with photos and videos protected by a password. This is Private Photo Vault , an app available in free and PRO version (7.99 euros). The latter allows you to create an unlimited amount of albums, eliminates advertising banners and allows the transfer of photos from PC to iPhone wirelessly.
To download it, go to the Home screen of your iPhone and tap on the App Store icon (the blue one with an “A” in the center). Then, select the Search tab (below), type the name of the app in the search space and, once found among the results, tap the Get / Install button . Then verify your identity via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password and open the application by pressing the appropriate button or its icon on the Home screen.
Once the application is open, proceed by tapping the Start button . Now set a passcode to use every time you decide to access the app and an email address to retrieve the code in case it is forgotten. At the end of this procedure, press the Next button twice and then on I agree . All you have to do is accept the terms by tapping on the relevant button and start using the app.
From the main screen, then tap on the (+) icon , to create a new album, enter the name and password you want to use to protect it, then fill in the Verify field by re-entering the password to confirm it.
The new folder is now protected. To insert photos or videos inside it, open it (by entering the relative password), press the (+) button , choose whether to import the photos from the Archive (then from the iOS Photos app) or from the Camera (i.e. a photo to be taken in real time) and that’s it.
Once selected or taken, the photos will be imported directly into the new folder and deleted from the Photos app and iCloud.
If, on the other hand, you want to block access to a specific app, you can use the iOS Screen Time feature to block access to apps by protecting it with a password. To use it, just go to the Settings menu > Screen time> App restrictions on your iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions: for all the details, read my tutorial on how to password protect apps on iPhone.