iPhone quick tip: Quickly find apps that want your attention
Folders are a great way to organize apps in iOS, but using them comes with a downside. And that downside is that it can be hard to know which app is trying to attract your attention using a badge.
If you’re an iOS user you know the situation well. An app wants your attention and in addition to regurgitating a notification it also embellishes the app’s icon with a badge.
But what if the icon is inside a folder?
Now, unless it’s on the front screen, you’re going to have to scroll about to find the app that needs your attention. Well, that is, unless you use this trick.
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The trick is a simple one. Just use the 3D Touch feature to Force Touch the folder (that is, press down on it hard) until a pop-up menu appears. And this popup will show you which apps need your attention and give you a shortcut to them.
I’m finding this to be a real timesaver, and I’m actually making more use of folders now that I discovered it.
Note: 3D Touch is available on the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, but not the iPhone XR.