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How to create a folder on Android

26 mayo, 2021

Some of us are obsessed with folders, as they allow us to keep everything neat and labeled. Android is no exception, and you can create folders of various types. Very different from each other, but with the same utility: grouping related elements so that you can find them more easily.

In this article we will see the three types of folders that you can create on Android: the folders on the mobile home screen, the folders in the application drawer and the old-fashioned folders, in the files of the mobile, either the internal memory or on a microSD card.

Folders on the home screen

The home screen it is territory of the launcher or launcher, and therefore the function of creating folders depends on it. Luckily, the vast majority of Android launchers support folder creation, and the good news is that in almost all cases it is done the same way.

What is a launcher or launcher and how to change my Android?

Generally, all you have to do is a long tap on an icon until you can move it on the screen. Then drop it on top of another icon that you want to be included in the same folder. If you need a more visual explanation, you have it in the following animation:

After creating the folder, tapping on it opens a preview where you can edit folder name. In some launchers you have other additional customization options, such as choosing your own color.

Although the above method will work for most Android phones, there are peculiar launchers that may not have support for folders. If that’s the case, then your only alternative is to install another launcher, such as Nova Launcher.

Folders in the app drawer

Generally the app drawer should only have apps, but some launchers also allow you to create folders in the. If you are not sure what the application drawer is, it is the list with all the apps installed on Android and it is available in most Android launchers.

In the launchers that support it, for example, that of Samsung mobiles, it is done in the same way as folders are created on the home screen. First you do a long tap on one icon and then drop it on top of another. This will create a folder that contains both applications.

On Nova Launcher It is also possible to create folders in the application drawer, although the process is different and a bit longer. In the application drawer you must make a long touch on an app that you want to include in the folder and then touch on the pencil icon. There you must choose + New group to create the folder.

In the next step you must choose Folder in the drop-down and give it a name. If you want, you can choose that the applications included in this folder show themselves in the application drawer or not.


The bad news is that you need to repeat this process for all the other apps you want to include in the folder, which is definitely going to take longer than dragging icons on top of icons like in other launchers.

Folders in mobile storage

Finally, we cannot forget the “real” folders, those used to save files neatly, instead of leaving them all scattered in the same place. It is possible to create file folders from any file manager worth its salt.

Google Files is the company’s simple file manager that has no ads or nasty surprises, and allows you to easily create folders. To do so, you must enter the Explore section and then enter the internal storage or the SD memory, depending on where you want to create your folder. Then, drop down the menu and choose Add folder.

Googlefiles folder

The only thing you lack is choose a name for your folder and press Create folder. The folder is created instantly and you can see that it appears in the list right after, with the name you chose. If this name does not convince you, by the way, you can change it by tapping on the arrow to its right and choosing Rename.

My folder

The folder is created, but it’s empty inside. If you want to copy files inside, such as photos or videos, you must do it manually, either by tapping on the arrow next to said file and choosing Copy to or by selecting several files at the same time and using the menu at the top of the window.