If there’s one thing iPhone users aren’t used to, it’s over-customizing the look of their device’s home screen, as is possible on Android. But with iOS 14 and the arrival of widgets, new horizons are opening for customization.
New apps, like WidgetSmith, have sprung up on the App Store. They allow you to create fully personalized widgets from scratch, giving your home screen a more personal touch. And to take the interface customization a little further, you can use Apple’s Shortcuts application to create custom icon shortcuts, able to escape your applications by opening them without pressing the original icon. All you have to do is hide them within the library so that you end up with a single iOS interface.
But before you throw yourself headlong into this long and tedious customization process, first download to your device all the graphic elements (logo, icons, wallpapers, etc.), which you will need to create your homepage. Do not hesitate to launch a query in a search engine to find any icon packs.
1. Download WidgetSmith
Start by downloading the WidgetSmith app from the App Store. Offered for free, it allows you to create personalized widgets for your iPhone. In its free version, it offers clock and calendar widgets, but also offers to create photo widgets, photo albums, text, or just empty widgets.
2. Create your custom widgets
Open the WidgetSmith application. By default, three widgets of three different sizes are suggested. You can choose to enter these widgets to customize them, or press Add small / medium / large widget to create a new one and customize it.
You can then choose the format and type of information displayed, as well as their color, background color, transparency, font, etc. Once you have changed these preferences, go back to the previous screen and save your widget by pressing Save.
3. Add your custom widgets to the home screen
To add your custom widget to the home screen, tap and hold it to activate edit mode. Then press the button +, select your WidgetSmith widget and press Add Widget to integrate it on your home screen.
If you have configured multiple widgets in multiple sizes within WidgetSmith, tap and hold the widget and choose to Edit Widget. You can then select the version of the widget to use.
4. Download Shortcuts
For the rest of the screen customization, that is, to change the icons of your applications, you will need the Apple Shortcuts application. Download it to your device. It is thanks to it that you will be able to create shortcuts using a personalized icon, which, once activated, will open the correct application.
5. Create an application with a personalized icon
Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and press the button + at the top right to create a new shortcut. Then press Add action, select Script and press Open the app.
Press on To choose, select the application to open and press following. Enter the name of the shortcut and confirm by touching the button okay.
From the Shortcuts homepage, where all the already existing shortcuts are displayed, press the options button represented by three small dots, of the shortcut you have just created. Press the options button again, and choose to add it On the home screen.
In the Name & Icon section of the Home screen, tap the icon and then tap Choose Photo or Choose File, depending on where you saved your icons. Then confirm your choice by pressing To choose, then on Add. At this point, you should have your first custom icon displayed on the iPhone home screen.
Repeat this step as many times as necessary for each application whose icon you want to replace. When you tap on the custom icon, it will briefly open the Shortcuts application which will run the script and launch the associated application.
6. Remove the original apps from the home screen
Now that you’ve created shortcuts to your favorite apps with custom icons, all that’s left is to hide the original apps by removing them from the Home screen. To do this, keep your finger pressed on an application to remove and choose to Delete the app.
You can then choose to Move to app library. This will prevent the application from being deleted from the device and will remain accessible from the iOS 14 library.
7. Personalize the iPhone wallpaper
The last essential step in giving your iPhone the perfect look is the wallpaper, the centerpiece of a successful interface. Open them Settings from iOS, enter the menu Wallpaper and press Choose a new wallpaper.
Then navigate through your photos to select the image you want to add as the wallpaper, adjust and move the image if necessary and press To define. Then choose to apply it On the home screen to use it on the iPhone main screen.
Your iPhone’s home screen is now completely personalized. If you’re running out of inspiration, feel free to take to Twitter and search for the hashtag # ios14homecreen to visualize the sometimes extremely well-licked creations of users around the world.