Is the Phone app in your dock?

David said in the podcast that he was curious as to how many listeners have the phone app in their dock, do you?

  • Yes, the phone app is in my dock
  • No

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I hear a lot of people say they never talk on the phone, but for work I’m on the phone all day long. There’s lots of time the phone is just better than a text, chat message, or email.


I can‘t make my mind up! It changes at least once a week.


Same here. I’m in sales so communication is my job. So after trying many different iterations of my dock…I’ve gone back to an “All Communication” dock on my phone. Phone/Email/Messages/Slack in the dock.

I’ve even hidden it in my “”-folder. If I need to make a call 50% of the time I tap the number in an email or on a website or I swipe to the Siri screen and search for “ph…”. 🤷‍♂


I use 4 folders in the Dock, each having its own “specialty”, and the apps in them are sorted according to use frequency.

First, there is the Communications folder which contains

  • Phone
  • FaceTime
  • Messages
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Spark
  • e-boks (an app for receiving letters and so on from all government institutions in DK)
  • Contacts

Then there is the Online folder

  • Safari
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • SnapChat
  • Tumblr
  • Files
  • Dropbox
  • OneDrive
  • Mega Drive

The 3rd folder is called Sound

  • iTunes Store
  • Apple Music
  • Overcast
  • YouTube
  • Shazam
  • Music Memos
  • Mood Listener
  • DR Radio
  • SoundCloud

The final folder is called Video/Books

  • Videos
  • DR TV
  • Bluefire Reader
  • Audible
  • Books
  • Saxo Reader
  • tv Remote

My dock is phone, Apple mail, Safari, and 1Password.

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Half the time I need to place a call, I have to hunt for the app because it’s stashed in a folder and I always forget where it is. I make a lot of calls direct from Contacts.

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Surprised to see nearly a 50-50 split here. I would have thought almost nobody put their phone in the dock, particularly in this crowd.

It’s not that I don’t make phone calls. I make a lot of phone calls. But if they are outgoing calls I am generally dialing from Favorites or from a number entered into my calendar. Either way: One tap, not tapping numbers manually.

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Funny, my honest reaction to reading the subject line to this thread was “what’s the phone app?” I thought maybe there was a settings type app.

I have Drafts, Due, Omnifocus, and Streaks in my doc. The phone app is close by but not critical. But honestly, I don’t think it matters what I have in my doc since I only have one screen on my phone.


One screen on your phone? Do you use folders?

Absolutely! My rule of thumb is, if the thread gets more than 3 conversations long, I pick up the phone or I go and personally speak to someone. That is much faster and more effective than constant back-and-forth emails.

Mine is in my dock.
Since I’ve started using spotlight more in the last month or so, I seldom make calls from the phone app anymore. Just drag down, type the first couple letter of the name, and tap what method of communication I want to use (text or call). Because of this, I’ll likely move the phone app out of the dock and put a more commonly used app in its place.

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I have two folders. One that houses almost everything and another that has a few health apps. Although I have a lot of apps, I hardly use them. As I look at it, there are 16 apps I use frequently. Everything else is sporadic so doing a search for them suffices.

I also make use of the widget screen and the Launcher app so I do get a few more apps on that screen.


It was until today. Finally moved it out.

I wish it was possible to attach an age of the respondent to the vote in the poll, because although David and I are about the same age and while he doesn’t put it in the Dock and I do, I think the breakdown between the two positions might have an age component.

I thought about moving it out of my dock but I can’t bring my self to do it…yet.

Since it’s so easy to search for an app regardless of it’s position on the screen or in a folder, I don’t really think of the dock as “prime real estate” the way I did in the past. Also, with the exception of the upper left corner, I can reach most all the apps on the home screen of my iPhone X with my thumb. Anyway, I probably use less than a screenful of apps on a regular basis.

Phone’s been moved from the dock to the upper left corner of the first screen for years now and these are what I have currently in my dock:

Pocket Casts

I’m not actually sure why I have Messages there as it’s only the third or fourth most common way for me to receive messages. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the main ones, then followed by Skype and iMessage/SMS. Pocket Casts also alternates with Overcast occasionally, but currently Pocket Casts is there as I have also an Android phone on a second line and Pocket Casts works and syncs also there, so it’s now there even though for iOS only use I’d most likely go with Overcast.

EDIT: I’m even less sure about why I’m not just putting a Messaging folder in my dock like I’ve done on my Android. This is especially after reading @Tonny_Bukdahl’s post.

Not even on my first homescreen. I never want to talk on the phone.