Why You Should Customize the Apps and Widgets on Your iPhone Home Screen

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The background wallpaper is not the only way to customize your iPhone home screen.

Thanks to a built-in application, as well as a third-party one that you can download for free from the App Store, you can easily create themes for your home screen, allowing you to create your own unique app icons and widgets.

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If you really want to make your iPhone your own, you’ll want to read on to learn how to customize your home screen.

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How to change app icons on your iPhone

The applications that live on the home screen have their own logos, but you can use a native iOS feature to change the look of each app icon:

  1. Open the Abbreviations app on your iPhone (it’s already pre-installed).
  2. Tap the plus icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Add action.
  4. In the search bar, type Open App and choose the Open App Action.
  5. Next, tap App and select the app you want to customize.
  6. Then tap the down arrow next to Open App at the top.
  7. From the menu, tap Add to Home Screen.
  8. Where it says Home Screen Name and Icon, rename the shortcut to whatever you want.
  9. Next, go to your web browser of choice and find a new icon image. You can search for something like “Facebook Icon Aesthetic”. When you find an image you like, save it to your photos.
  10. Go back to the Shortcuts app and tap the icon under Home screen name and icon. Select Select photo and tap the image you just saved. You can zoom in or out on the image. Tap Select.
  11. Finally, hit Add.
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Now you have a custom app on your phone (it’s actually a bookmarklet). You can delete the original app from your home screen, but you can easily find it in your app library.

Customize the widgets on your iPhone home screen

Apps are not the only one that you can customize. With the help of this third-party app, you can also add some flavor to your widgets:

  1. Download the Widgetsmith app on your iPhone.
  2. In the app, select the size of the widget you want to customize – your options are small, medium and large.
  3. Tap the widget to customize it. You can change the font and colors. Go back when you’re done and type savings.
  4. Go to your home screen and hold and press down anywhere on the screen.
  5. Once you’re in edit mode, tap the plus icon in the top left corner and search for Widgetsmith. Tap the icon.
  6. Select the widget size you want to add to your home screen and tap Add widget.
  7. You can change the widget by pressing and selecting the app Edit widget. That’s all! Now your home screen has icons of different sizes for a personalized look.
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You can create widgets for various functions and applications, including photos, time, date, weather (paid), health, battery, calendar, reminders, tides (paid), and astronomy.


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