Tips to customize iMessage App Drawer in iOS 11

Apple officially introduced iOS 11, the next version of iOS, at the company’s June 5 WWDC 2017 keynote. Like any iOS release, Apple is now offering the developer beta of iOS 11 for testing purposes. If you are now running iOS 11 beta on your iPhone, you may have noticed that there is a redesigned App Drawer in the Messages app.

With iOS 11, Apple has revamped the iMessage App Drawer, making it much easier to use. Basically, the new iMessage App Drawer is a horizontal slider that sits at the bottom of the screen and displays all apps you have already installed from the iMessage App Store. All you need to do is to swipe left or right to browse and select your favorite apps

The coolest part is that you now can customize iMessage App Drawer to your liking. For example, you can rearrange or remove app icons.

In this tutorial, we will run you through the steps to customize iMessage App Drawer in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad. Before proceeding, note that iOS 11 is now available as a developer beta, so it may include bugs and glitches. We recommend you install iOS 11 on a secondary device to avoid possible issues.

Steps to customize iMessage App Drawer in iOS 11 on your iPhone

  1. Steps to rearrange app icons in iOS 11 iMessage App Drawer on your iPhone

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Messages app from your home screen, then head to any conversation and navigate to the App Drawer

Step two: Next up, scroll App Drawer menu from right to left until you see the More button (It looks like the three dots button). Tap on it to proceed

Step three: On the next screen, hit the Edit button at the top right corner. From here, you will see a list of all apps installed from the iMessage App Store. You simply need to tap and hold on an app and then drag it to your desired location

Step four: Once you are done, hit Done to complete the task.

  1. Steps to remove app icons from iOS 11 iMessage App Drawer on your iPhone

Step one: Launch the Messages app from your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you need to select a conversation to proceed

Step two: Once you are in a messaging thread, hit the More button from the App Drawer and then tap on Edit

Step three: Here, you simply need to tap on the switch next to an app icon to remove it from iMessage App Drawer.

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