iOS 14 opened the world of home screen customization on iPhones. You can add widgets, remove apps and pages from the home screen, and do a variety of other things. Do you want a nice home screen for your iPhone too? Let’s take a look at some tips for customizing the iOS home screen.
Tips for customizing the iOS home screen
1. Change the wallpaper
The wallpaper you choose will determine how your final home screen will look. It should be consistent with the aesthetics of other items, such as app icons, widgets, and the like.
Go Settings> Wallpaper> Choose a new wallpaper to change your wallpaper. You can set a dynamic or live wallpaper, or you can use a still image provided by Apple. You can even set your own image as wallpaper by selecting it from the list of available albums. Learn to change your iPhone wallpaper automatically.
If you don’t like Apple’s o3f live wallpaper collection, check out the best live wallpaper apps for more variety. By the way, did you know that you can also set a video wallpaper on the lock screen?
2. Hide or reorder pages
Without removing apps, you can easily remove extra or unnecessary pages from your home screen. This is useful if you want to tidy up your home screen and keep only the pages you need.
To remove the home screen pages, touch and hold any empty space on the iPhone home screen until the icons start to shake. Touch the dots at the bottom to enter customization mode. Touch the check mark icon below a page to hide it. To exit personalization mode, tap anywhere else.
However, if you want to delete the page entirely, tap the delete icon (-) on the page. Doing so will remove the page from the page list. However, the applications on the page will not be uninstalled. You can still access them from the App Library.
If you want to change the order of the pages, touch and hold a page and move it to the desired position.
3. Change home screen pages with focus mode
Apple introduced Focus modes with iOS 15, which are a set of profiles that allow you to silence calls and alerts on your iPhone. The cool aspect of focus modes is that you can display different home screen pages depending on which focus mode is active. For example, in the reading focus mode, you can keep only the book apps on the home screen, and in the fitness profile, you can select a page that shows only the health-related apps and widgets. The rest of the pages will remain hidden.
To do so, go to Settings> Focus> [Desired profile] > Home screen. Enable the toggle next to Custom Pages and select the pages you want to display. The only thing you need to remember is to set up the respective pages in advance; otherwise, they will not appear in the list. Check out other cool tips related to focus mode on iPhone.
4. Keep the home screen clean
Previously, all installed apps would appear on the iPhone home screen. Removing any app would uninstall it. With iOS 14 onwards, removing apps from the home screen will not uninstall them. You can still see them in the App Library which can be accessed by swiping left from the last page of the home screen. With this feature, you can keep only the important apps or delete them all for a clean home screen.
To remove an application from the home screen, touch and hold the application icon. Please select Remove apps followed by Remove from home screen. Or choose Remove app to uninstall it completely.
Tip: To remove multiple apps, touch and hold any app icon. When the icons start to shake, go to the App Library and hit the X icon on the apps you want to uninstall.
5. Keep apps only in app library
The above tip will remove existing apps from the home screen. To prevent new apps from being added to the home screen, go to Settings> Home screen. Please select App library only under Just downloaded apps. By doing so, any newly installed apps will only appear in the App Library. You will need to manually add it to the home screen.
However, if you decide to keep your apps on the home screen, the following tips for organizing them will be helpful.
6. Color code applications
Keeping apps according to their color is one of the best ways to organize them on your home screen. For example, all blue apps will be on one home screen and all red apps will be on another, and so on. This concept can also be applied to folders. Long press the app icon to move it to a different page or to the same page.
7. Define the purpose of the folder
Instead of naming the folder according to categories like music, productivity, etc., define the purpose of the applications it contains or what they help you with. For example, instead of calling it the Music folder, call it the Listening folder. Similarly, use verbs like look, play, write, listen, browse, photograph, read, share, shop, speak, etc. to name folders.
To rename a folder, touch and hold the folder. Please select Rename from the menu. Touch the folder name and enter the new name.
8. Use emoji names
Similarly, if you like emojis, use them as folder names. Choose emojis that you can easily identify with.
iOS 14 gave birth to the concept of widgets on the iPhone home screen. Now you can quickly access important information from various applications without opening the application.
To add widgets, press any empty space on the home screen and tap on add (+) on top. Touch the widget to preview it. Swipe through the available list to select the correct widget size. Finally, touch Add widget.
Here are some more useful tips for widgets on iPhone.
- Touch and hold a widget and select Edit widget to customize widget properties.
- Hold the widget and drag it to a different position on the home screen.
- Use the smart stack widget available in the widget list. This widget learns your behavior over time to automatically display relevant information throughout the day.
- If you’re not satisfied with the list of native widgets, check out our comprehensive list of third-party widget apps.
- Do you like to keep track of the weather? Take a look at the best weather widgets.
- Finally, create your own widgets to match the aesthetic of the app icons and the wallpaper using apps like Widgetsmith, Widget wizard, Y Color widgets.
Tip: Find out how to use widgets in iPadOS 15.
10. Change application icons
Apple does not provide an easy method for changing application icons. However, this does not completely rule out the possibility. To change the icon of any app on your iPhone, you need to use the Apple Shortcuts app. Check out our detailed tutorial on how to change app icons on iPhone. It also includes more than ten icon packs. You can also use websites like iskin.tooliphone.net, Flaticon, Y icons8 to get free custom app icons. Similarly, apps like App icon changer it will also be helpful.
Advice: Badges do not appear on app icons created using this tip. If you want to see the badges, you need to add the original app icons on a separate screen.
11. Reset Home Screen
If you mess up your home screen layout and want to go back to the default view, you can easily do so by resetting your home screen. Go Settings> General> Reset> Reset Home Screen design to do it. You will have to start setting up the home screen from scratch.
It’s going to take a long time to customize the iPhone if you want to go completely aesthetic. Get inspired by home screen ideas on Pinterest or other websites to get the look you want. Please be patient to get the desired result. Check out more tips for customizing the iPhone home screen.