How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen with Custom Icons and Widgets – The option to generate custom icons in iOS 14 is a big hit with iPhone owners. Here’s how to add long-awaited widgets to your smartphone’s home screen.
With iOS 14, you can finally use your iPhone’s home screen to express yourself.
Apple’s iOS home screen has displayed rows of rounded square app icons for the past 13 years, but with last week’s mobile OS update, Apple follows Android’s lead and allows apps of varied shapes and sizes to be placed anywhere you want them. Check out the #ios14homescreen hashtag on Twitter to see how crazy people are with unique looks for their apps and widgets.
For instance, one user created amusingly amateur-looking icons using MS Paint. The Shortcuts app holds the key here. Learn how to improve your iOS home screen by reading on.
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Personalized iPhone Icons
Tap the plus sign (+) in the upper-right corner of the screen to get to the New Shortcut page in the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. Add an action to the list.
The Scripting symbol can be found by tapping it. (If you click on Apps, you’ll only see activities created by the app maker, such as initiating a tweet, rather than the app itself.) Select the three-dot menu symbol in the top right corner to see Details, then tap on Open App. Add to Home Screen is the option you’ll want to go with. Next to the name of your new shortcut, select the lower, smaller icon (New Shortcut is the default name; tap the circled X to rename it).
The tiny Edit Icon menu allows you to change the icon with a file, a photo from your camera roll, or a photograph taken with the iPhone’s camera. Under Home Screen Name and Icon, press Add to Home Screen, then tap the icon next to your shortcut. Select File, Photo, or Take Photo in the pop-up window that displays. Cropping an image allows you to choose what appears, but it doesn’t have to be square or a certain size.
Add > Done is the procedure to follow. The screenshot shows my new icons for Acrobat and AccuWeather, which are the last two on the home page. (For the Acrobat icon, I used Windows 10’s Paint 3D.)
While using Shortcuts with custom icon images is a fun, personality-infusing pastime, there are some disadvantages. As opposed to the app’s default app, you don’t go straight to it. Rather, the action launches the Shortcuts app, which then directs you to the desired app.
You also lose the official icon’s long-press menu options. With a long tap on the WhatsApp icon, for example, you can start a chat or take a photo. The custom icon’s only options are to delete it (in this menu, it’s referred to as a Bookmark rather than an App) or to change the home page.
iOS 14’s widgets
While creating unique icons is entertaining, I’m more interested in the home screen widgets. Widgets have been available on iOS for some time, and they can be accessed by sliding left to right on the home page, but the home page could only hold icons. With iOS 14, that changes: large widgets for a clock, weather, maps, and stock prices can now be placed directly on home pages.
It’s really easy to add a widget to a home page. Long-touch the home page, then hit the addition symbol (+) button in the upper left corner. Choose the widget you’d want to use. Swiping to the right will allow you to cycle through the many size and design options provided by the app developer.
Hit the big blue Add Widget bar at the bottom of the screen to make a selection. It’s possible that you’ll need to give the app widget permission to access your personal information. That concludes the procedure. Take pleasure in your newly acquired widget.
The majority of the alternatives are now Apple services, however, you should see a lot more in the coming days as developers update their apps. DuckDuckGo and Night Sky, as well as Google, have updated their widgets to the new look.
However, scrolling down to the area with old-style third-party widgets, where the page will stay in the same location the next time you swipe to it, is a nice approach to get around this. The pre-iOS 14 widget-only page is still accessible through a left swipe, but the widgets have been altered to have round corners—at least until third-party developers recode their apps.
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