With the help of the Widgetsmith and Shortcuts apps, you can finally customize the look and size of your iPhone apps.
The iPhone’s home screen has looked just about the same since the, with app icons perfectly lined up in rows, all the same size. That’s finally changed with the , which lets you customize the way your apps look, give them completely different names and change their size and color.
Customizing your iPhone screen is becoming a sudden trend, as it’s a huge change for iPhone users who are just now able to experiment with their home screens in new ways — without rooting the device or running skins and launchers. Read on for two ways to customize your iPhone’s screen, with help from a widget app.
How to change the way your apps look on iPhone
The new iOS 14 update finally lets you customize apps to your liking. Here’s how.
1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone (it’s already preinstalled).
2. Tap the plus icon in the top right corner.
3. Select Add Action.
4. In the search bar, type Open app and select the Open App app.
5. Tap Choose and select the app you want to customize. For example, Facebook, Spotify or the Messages app.
6. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner. From here, give the shortcut a name and tap Add to Home Screen.
7. Where it says Home Screen Name and Icon, rename the shortcut to anything you’d like.
8. Next, go to the Safari app to find a new icon image. You can search for something like the Facebook icon aesthetic. When you find an image you like, save it to your photos.
9. Go back to the Shortcuts app and tap the current icon. Select Choose Photo and tap on the image you just saved. You can zoom in or out on the image. Tap Choose.
10. Tap Add.
Now you have customized apps on your phone. The original apps will remain on the phone, but you can store them in a folder.