1. dynot's Avatar
    Hi everyone. With the recent purchase of my S6 edge I'm new to android and have some quick questions.

    First, is there any way to sort the app drawer alphabetically? When I click on edit the only option I get is to disable or uninstall apps.

    Secondly, I recently read a tip somewhere that said to reboot into safe mode and then restart to normal. This would help improve battery life. Not sure if this is the cause but I did see an improvement after that. Anyway, I also noticed that apps in the app drawer are now scattered across 6 screens with some containing only 1 or 2 icons. I cannot move these to other screens. Is this normal behavior? Am I stuck with 3 screens with 1 or 2 icons on each? I don't recall if this was the case before I did the boot to safe mode.

    Thanks for any advice.
    04-19-2015 07:23 AM
  2. dancing-bass's Avatar
    Open your app drawer. Open the menu, tap "view as" and the tap "Alphabetical order". This is how it is on my S4 running Lollipop, I would imagine that the S6 would be very similar.

    As for battery life, this article may be useful. http://forums.androidcentral.com/sam...ml#post4349918
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    04-19-2015 08:22 AM
  3. dynot's Avatar
    That's the thing. The only option I have in the app drawer is edit. Unless there's a menu button that I'm not seeing.

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    04-19-2015 10:59 AM
  4. Rukbat's Avatar
    The menu is the 3 dots.

    As far as booting into recovery first to prolong battery life, that's like spinning 3 times widdershins under a full moon to get rich. IOW, nonsense. There's no connection between booting into recovery mode and battery life. (Actually it wastes battery - you're booting twice and not getting anything the first time, so battery used for that first boot is wasted.)
    04-19-2015 11:21 AM
  5. Mark_Henson's Avatar
    Just to the left of Edit you should see A-Z. That will sort them alphabetically, but if you add more apps, you have to do it again.
    04-19-2015 11:46 AM
  6. dynot's Avatar
    Guys, sorry about my ignorance. Here's a screenshot of what I'm seeing; no menu, no A-Z sorting option. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong so thanks for your patience!

    Is there any way to sort the app drawer alphabetically?-screenshot_2015-04-19-14-21-08.jpg
    04-19-2015 01:28 PM
  7. seadog3173's Avatar
    There's no a-z sorting on some versions
    04-22-2015 01:29 PM
  8. wezzyd's Avatar
    Yeah kinda wondered how to do this too but looks like you cant

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    04-22-2015 01:35 PM
  9. dynot's Avatar
    Yeah, read somewhere after posting that this is a bug on some carriers. I'm with Rogers.
    04-22-2015 01:40 PM
  10. papabutter21's Avatar
    Don't know if you figured out the second part of your post yet but if you boot into safe mode and restart again the app drawer should go back to normal and not have any gaps. Just happened to me yesterday too haha

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    04-22-2015 06:42 PM
  11. dynot's Avatar
    No, still whacky.

    I tried it again and all it did was to rearrange my home screen so I had to set up all my icons again. The app drawer is still the same with icons scattered around and no way to consolidate them on fewer screens. The screen shot i posted above is what I have. The screen before it has one app and the one after is half empty. Of course I did restart in normal mode.

    For what it's worth, my battery life has improved significantly in the two weeks I've had my phone. I couldn't get through the day at first but now I'm easily getting 20+ hours which is fine by me. Now I'm not saying the safe mode boot did that but it is an odd coincidence.

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    04-22-2015 07:15 PM
  12. Mac58's Avatar
    No, still whacky.

    I tried it again and all it did was to rearrange my home screen so I had to set up all my icons again. The app drawer is still the same with icons scattered around and no way to consolidate them on fewer screens. The screen shot i posted above is what I have. The screen before it has one app and the one after is half empty. Of course I did restart in normal mode.

    For what it's worth, my battery life has improved significantly in the two weeks I've had my phone. I couldn't get through the day at first but now I'm easily getting 20+ hours which is fine by me. Now I'm not saying the safe mode boot did that but it is an odd coincidence.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    It must be a carrier specific thing. My tmo s6 edge has A-z there as well as other major carriers I believe. Rogers doesnt for some reason. Might need to go into a Rogers store and see if S6 on display has same screen as you in the app drawer or if its only your device.
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    04-22-2015 11:13 PM
  13. dynot's Avatar
    Might need to go into a Rogers store and see if S6 on display has same screen as you in the app drawer or if its only your device.
    Good idea...I'll check it out and post an update.

    Thanks
    04-23-2015 06:20 AM
  14. Ben Bradley1's Avatar
    My s6 edge is on Vodafone UK it also doesn't have the option to change the settings into categories as well as the a - z button
    05-04-2015 06:29 AM
  15. Karin Fletcher's Avatar
    Hold your finger on the icons you want go move and then guide them over to the screen you want.
    05-04-2015 07:24 AM
  16. Richard Servello's Avatar
    Don't use TouchWiz? I'm using google now launcher and it automatically alphabetize is the app tray.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-06-2015 03:44 PM
  17. slacker20012's Avatar
    Yeah I had the same problem, using Nova Launcher instead...
    05-13-2015 07:05 AM
  18. art mooney's Avatar
    Forget touchwiz. Install another launcher. Crazy, but that's the only way.

    I've been using Go Launcher for many years, since 2.3.6, and no matter which android I have on my device, it always looks the same. But there are hundreds of other launchers.
    07-07-2015 06:35 AM
  19. RN50's Avatar
    This is most likely carrier specific, in the UK my A-Z was missing but now that 5.1 has come out it has appeared on my phone. Maybe you will get it when you get the new update.

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    07-07-2015 12:09 PM
  20. Craig Cockburn's Avatar
    Is there an app that actually sorts the app drawer, in the absence of Touchwiz removing this much wanted functionality?

    Is there a software update planning to reintroduce it or a local app search function (like HTC)

    thanks
    07-09-2015 08:19 AM
  21. mandy100276's Avatar
    Hi, I just received my edge yesterday nd had thr same issue. I Googled it and what I found worked though it's time consuming and you shouldn't have to do it this way. Go into the app drawer and click edit then hold each app and drag to where you want it. 😊
    07-18-2015 08:31 PM
  22. Samsung Silver Surfer's Avatar
    Good old fashioned elbow grease this one. Go into app drawer hit EDIT in the top right hand corner if the screen and manually drag and drop each app where it needs to be to achieve alphabetical perfection. Takes rkme but its quite fun as you get to know all your apps
    07-19-2015 02:40 AM
  23. modicumx's Avatar
    Same issue on my Galaxy s5 there's no app drawer menu that will let me sort the apps (including the wrench at the bottom) UNTIL i accidentally swiped up on the far right and it brought up the menu (same as 3-dot was)! I hope that works for you too!
    01-31-2016 09:59 PM
  24. Cathy9887's Avatar
    Open the app drawer, go to the last page where there's some open space and swipe up. Granted, I'm using Go! Launcher, so it may only be an option for that. Hope it helps!!
    02-11-2016 01:16 PM

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