With the new iOS 14 update for iPhones, customized homescreens are going VIRAL. I have seen them allllll over TikTok, and they’re incredibly creative.
I’ve been beta-testing the new iOS for about a month, however, I’ve been completely clueless to the vast amount of customization that’s available via apps like Widgetsmith, Color Widgets, and Shortcuts.
In pure Delana fashion, I made mine a sparkly, neutral Parisian theme and have received quite a few questions on how I made my home screens, so I thought I would share!
THE APPS YOU WILL NEED:
Widgetsmith: Used to make the custom date at the top, photo widgets, the clock widget, as well as the to-do list widget.
Motivation: Adds a motivational quote widget to the homepage.
Shortcuts: Used to add the custom app icons for photos, notes, iMessage, etc.
Pinterest: Find and save the images that you want to use for your new, custom app icons.
TO ADD WIDGETS:
- Press + hold down on an app on your home screen. You will be prompted with the option of “Edit Homescreen” at the top of that app. Click this option, and the icons will start to wiggle.
- Click the “+” button at the upper left-hand corner and add a Widgetsmith widget.
- Choose between a small, medium, or large widget.
- Next, open the Widgetsmith app and customize your small, medium, or large widget.
- To make a photo widget, I recommend adding the 1 photo that you want the widget to show to a new album. The album should ONLY have the photo that you want the photo widget to show. In Widgetsmith, you can choose the option of “Photo in Album.” Thus, this makes it easier to navigate to that photo that you want to display since it will be in an album by itself.
- You can also choose a Date widget, Time widget, Calendar widget, Reminder widget, etc. and customize the font and color all within the Widgetsmith app.
- Go back to the home screen and click “Edit Homescreen” again. Click once on your new widget that’s now on the homescreen and make sure the correct widget that you made is selected.
TO ADD CUSTOM APP ICONS:
- Save some photos from Pinterest to your camera roll.
- Open the Shortcuts app.
- Click the “+” button in the upper right-hand corner of the Shortcuts app.
- Click “Add Action.”
- In the Search bar, type “Open App.”
- The screen will then say “Open Choose.” Click on the word “Choose,” and enter the name of the app that you want.
- Click the button with the 3 dots (…) at the upper-right hand corner BENEATH the word “Next.” DO NOT CLICK NEXT.
- Name your shortcut — i.e.” Messages.”
- Click “Add to Home Screen” directly underneath the name you just entered.
- Rename the shortcut again.
- Click the icon directly to the left of the name that you just gave the shortcut. This will open a drop-down list. Click “Choose Photo.”
- Select the photo that you want for your custom app icon.
- Click “Add” in the upper-right hand corner.
- This shortcut is now on your home page. Fair warning — it WILL open the shortcuts app and then re-direct you to the application you want to use. It takes a split second, but please note that this does not ACTUALLY replace the app’s real icon. It’s just a shortcut function, so it will always open up the shortcuts app for a brief second. I haven’t found this to be too annoying, hence why I’ve done this to my home screen.
Repeat this process as many times as you’d like, depending on the amount of widgets and shortcut apps you want on your home pages.