How to View a List of Every Single App Installed on Your iOS Device

Posted in Apps, How To, iOS on 11/12/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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If you’re like a lot of iPhone or iPad power users, or have had an iOS device for a long time, changes are you have a whole mess of apps installed on your device. Even if you organize your apps into folders, it can be hard to keep track of what exactly you have installed – and which folder you abandoned carefully filed an app into.

iOS 7 App List

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get a list of each app installed on your device from right within iOS – and thanks to some snazzy new Spotlight features in iOS 7, you can even find out which folder they are in. To do this, simply drag down on your home screen to reveal a search field. Then, simply enter a single character, such as a backslash, into that field (any special character will do, like a period or a dash), and PRESTO! Every single app installed on your device!

iOS 7 App List iPad

While the list may be a but cumbersome to navigate, it will do a good job of reminding you about that app you need and happen to have forgot the name of. This works on all iOS devices, including the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, as long as they are running iOS 7.

Enjoy! For more helpful tips, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!


  • Brenda

    That doesn’t work on my iPhone 5s. I get my music. If I enter a number, I get my contacts. I am using IOS7.0.4. Any other ideas?

    • You’ve probably got Spotlight set to not show apps. Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search, and make sure there is a checkmark next to Applications.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.