Last updated on May 5th, 2021 at 05:35 am
The App Library is a new iOS 14 feature that provides an one-page layout of all the apps available on your iPhone. The applications are automatically assigned to predefined categories that are displayed in small widgets! This is quite helpful and helps with Home Screen decluttering!
Unfortunately, an iOS 14 bug is causing some iPhones to display all third-party apps in the ‘Other’ category, thus ruining the App Library experience. Practically, the glitch bundles all non-native apps in the Other section. The only categories that seem unaffected are the two pinned at the top of the App Library page: Suggestions and Recently Added.
All other sections remain poorly populated with stock iOS apps. When the user taps on ‘Other’, all third-party apps are displayed, alphabetically, in this overcrowded section. This causes a long scroll-able layout that isn’t user-friendly.
Fact: Event some stock apps like Camera and Contacts are mixed up in this category!
How To Fix App Library Other Category Bug?
At the time, of writing we don’t have a permanent fix, but you can apply the following troubleshooting tips to partially fix this annoying issue:
1. Check for Software Update
According to reports from our readers the bug surfaced in iOS 14.0 and updating to iOS 14.1 doesn’t fix the issue! However, we informed Apple about this bug and whenever an official fix will become available, it will be most likely issued in a new software update. So, we definitely recommend you to keep your iPhone updated!
2. Reinstall Apps
A working fix requires you to delete the applications and reinstall them. This will bring the apps back to their original App Library category. However, repeating this process for tens if not hundreds of apps is a painstaking process and definitely not an optimal solution!
More, we don’t have enough reports to claim that this fix is permanent and apps won’t be randomly sent back to the ‘Other’ category, if the bug is triggered again.
Fact: Stock apps like Camera or Contacts can’t be deleted and reinstalled, meaning that this fix doesn’t work for them.
3. Use App Library Search
Another workaround that you can apply is to use the Search field available at the top of the App Library page. Tap it an start searching for the needed app. Real-time suggestions will fast-forward the process.
This option could be faster than tapping the Other section and scrolling for the app’s icon, in this overcrowded category.
Updated: May 5, 2021
4. Change iOS Language
Users report that changing the iOS language will fix this App Library bug and rearrange the app icons in the proper categories:
How To: Browse for Settings -> General -> Language & Region -> iPhone Language. Change the language, preferably to one that you also understand. Reboot device and return to the Settings menu. Change the language back to the original. Open the App Library and check if the icons are displayed in the proper categories. Does it work? Use the comments section available below and let us know.
App Library Settings
The only App Library related settings in iOS 14 are found in: Settings -> Home Screen. Here you can pick if you want to also add the newly downloaded apps to the Home Screen or only in the App Library.
You can also enable Notification Badges to show up in the App Library.
However, tweaking any of this settings hasn’t fixed the App Library Other category bug.
Unfortunately, these are the only troubleshooting options that we could came up to at this point in time. Force restarting iPhone doesn’t fix this iOS 14 App Library bug!
Are you experiencing the same problem? Did you find a better fix for the Other category App Library bug? Please share it with us, using the comments section available below, and we’ll update your solution in this article!
It also helps if you just confirm if you’re experiencing the same glitch. It will help us to better asses how common this is and potentially determine the triggering factor. Do mention your iPhone model and iOS version. The initial report comes from an owner of an iPhone SE 2nd generation running iOS 14.1!
Important: This glitch was reported to us via our dedicated iOS bug report page. If you experience any bug on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac don’t hesitate to ask for help.
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