How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen with Widgets and App Icons

Xiaobai Software  2022-09-17 22: 51  read 28 views

Even though everyone else has an iPhone, you can still make your iPhone stand out from the crowd.We'll show you how to customize your iPhone home screen with widgets and unique app icons to truly reflect your style.


How to Add Widgets to Your iPhone Home Screen

For the first time ever, iOS 14 makes it possible to add widgets to the iPhone's home screen.A widget is a lightweight application that displays information and lets you interact with it directly on your home screen.With the release of iOS 16, you can even add widgets to your lock screen.

You can customize your iPhone home screen with widgets from almost all Apple apps and a growing number of third-party apps.Methods as below:

1. Tap and hold an empty spot on your iPhone's home screen to enter Jiggle mode.

2. In the top corner, click the add (+) icon to see your available widgets.Search or scroll to find the widget you want.

3. After selecting a widget, swipe left and right to view its different versions, then tap Add widget.

4. Drag and drop widgets around the home screen just like you would with any other app.You can even put it on another widget of the same size to create a widget heap.

5. Click "Done" or click the "Home" button to exit "Swing" mode.




Change the size of your widget

Most iPhone widgets come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.To change the size of an iPhone gadget, you need to remove it from the home screen and add it again in a different size.

Here's how to do it:

1. Tap and hold an empty spot on the Home screen to enter Shake Mode.

2. Tap the minus (-) icon on the widget to confirm that you want to remove it.Alternatively, tap and hold a widget, then tap Delete widget from the Quick Actions menu.

3. Finally, click the add (+) icon to add the widget again in a different size.


Custom widget settings

Many iPhone widgets let you customize some basic settings to change the way they work.This might mean changing the location displayed in the weather widget or changing the list displayed in the reminder widget.

If you create a widget stack, you can also enable smart rotation or edit the arrangement of widgets in the stack.Here's how to change them:

1. Tap and hold a widget until a quick action menu appears.

2. Select Edit Widget, or, if available, Edit Stack.

3. Change the relevant settings and return to the main screen.For a widget stack, tap a widget to view its settings, or drag and drop it to change the order.


How to Hide Apps from Your iPhone Home Screen

With the release of iOS 14, Apple also made it possible to hide apps on the home screen.This means you can personalize your home screen layout by including only the most important apps.Here's how:

1. Tap and hold an app until a quick action menu appears.

2. Select "Remove Application".

3. Then select Remove from Home Screen.




When you delete an app from the home screen, it goes into the app library.This means it's still installed on your iPhone despite disappearing from the home screen.If you choose to delete the app, it will completely disappear from your iPhone.

To view the app library, swipe right past your last home screen.You should find that every app on your iPhone is automatically categorized into Smart Folders.You can also tap the search bar to search for an app, or view them alphabetically.

Hide the entire home screen

Instead of sending each app to the App Library individually, you can also choose to hide the entire home screen on your iPhone.When you do this, your iPhone saves the home screen layout so that it can be easily restored if you change your mind.

Here's how you can hide or change the home screen layout:

1. Tap and hold an empty space on the home screen to enter jog mode.

2. Tap the Home screen dot at the bottom of the screen.You should see an enlarged view of all your iPhone's home screens.

3. Tap the check mark to select or deselect each home screen, and choose whether to hide it or not.




How to Create Custom Widgets and App Icons

Since the release of iOS 14, we've seen a lot of stylized iPhone home screens that use custom widgets and iOS app icon packs to create a creative new look.Creating a custom home screen like this can be a time-consuming endeavor, but it pays off in style.

Create custom widgets for iPhone

In the iOS app store, there is a collection of apps that serve no purpose other than to let you create custom gadgets.You can use them to choose color schemes, icons, and widget sizes.

Most of these apps are free to download at first, but offer in-app purchases or subscriptions to unlock more customization options.By far the most popular widget customization apps arewidgetsmith.

Here's how to use it to create custom widgets on your iPhone home screen:

1. Openwidgetsmith, click on a small, medium or large widget to start editing it.

2. Scroll in the Widgets tab and select the type of widget you want to create.Here are options covering everything from photos to astronomy.

3. After selecting the widget type, use the theme and other tabs that appear to customize other aspects of the widget.

4. When you are finished customizing the widget, click Save.

5. To bewidgetsmithTo add a widget to your home screen, enter Jiggle mode and hit the add (+) button, then search for Widgetsmith.Choose the size of the gadget you create.

6. After adding a generic Widgetsmith widget to your iPhone, tap and hold Edit Widget, then select your custom widget from the drop-down menu.




Create custom app icons

While you may have seen some custom-looking app icons on someone else's iPhone home screen, these are really just shortcuts to those apps, made with the Shortcuts app.When you do, you can choose your own icon and name for the shortcut before adding it to the home screen.

The end result is a custom shortcut that looks like an app.

You need to design or download the app icons you want to use first and save them to your iPhone.Of course, designing custom app icons can be very difficult, which is why we recommend you search for pre-made icon packs instead of downloading them.

When you use a shortcut to open an app in this way, it adds a noticeable delay to opening the app, since each app needs to be launched via the shortcut app first.

If you still want to customize your app icons on iPhone, here's how:

1. Download or create the app icon you want to use.

2. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

3. Click the Add (+) button to create a new shortcut.

4. Tap Add Action and search for the action to open the app, then tap Apps and select the app you want to open.

5. Use the i button to open the menu, then tap Add to Home Screen.

6. Tap the app icon and use the pop-up menu to select the custom icon you want to use from the Files or Photos app on your iPhone.

7. Name your shortcut with the app's name, then tap Add to add it to your home screen.You can move it around the home screen just like you would in other apps.

8. Repeat the process to create a new shortcut for each application you want to customize.




Find more ways to customize your iPhone

While customizing your home screen is just one part of personalizing your iPhone, it's enough to make your iPhone's home screen stand out.

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