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How to customise your iPhone home screen with Widgetsmith and Shortcuts

(Pocket-lint) - Apple finally lets iPhone and iPad users customise their home screen, with the release of the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 software updates that arrived in September 2020. The updates introduced the ability to add personalised widgets and even change the look of app icons.

There are examples of users' home screens all over Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and other social platforms. Just search “#ios14homescreen” to get a taste of what you can do now. But there are a few caveats you should know.

For instance, the process of customising your home screen is anything but quick and seamless. You have to rely on third-party apps and even implement a hacky workaround using Siri Shortcuts. Confused? No worries. We guide you step by step, below. 

How to customise your iPhone home screen

Step one: Update your iPhone to iOS 14

  • Make sure your iPhone is up to date

Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS - which is currently iOS 14.4. Here is Apple's support page on how to do that.

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Step two: Choose a colour palette or theme

  • Find a wallpaper and save it to your camera roll
  • Find a coordinating icon pack and save it to your camera roll

Figure out your desired home screen aesthetic. Do you like nude colours? Do you want something more retro? Check out some examples below for inspiration.

As part of this process, you'll want to pick a colour palette or theme, find a wallpaper, and download an icon pack or graphics to replace your apps' existing icon art. We recommend combing through Pinterest, Google images, Etsy, and other resources.

You can go quite simple with this, with a minimalist-yet-lux background image and glittery app icons to pair with it, or you can get complicated and try to do something time-intensive like replicate the PlayStation 2's memory card screen.

Step three: Download Widgetsmith and Shortcuts

You need two apps to help you actually customise your home screen's widgets and apps: Widgetsmith and Shortcuts.

Widgets add quick-access functionality to your home screen, like weather or the calendar at a glance. You'll need Widgetsmith to create a widget with whatever background colour, photo, and font you want. There are alternatives in the App Store, such as Color Widget, but we've used Widgetsmith and can verify it works.

As for Shortcuts, it lets you get automate tasks via apps or by asking Siri. You can also use Shortcuts to create custom app icons. It's been around for a long time, but with the release of iOS 14 and the ability to add widgets to the home screen, many people are now pairing the two functionalities to create a unique home screen.

Step four: Clean your home screen

  • Remove all your old apps from the home screen

Once you've got all your materials handy, start cleaning your home screen. Hold down on each app to access a pop-up menu that will let you remove it from your home screen (select Remove app > Move to App Library or Delete app). Do this until your screen is clear. Apple's support page offers more help if you need it.

Step five: Set your new wallpaper

  • Go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper

Now we can begin the process of actually creating your new home screen. Let's start by setting that new wallpaper you picked out in step two. Go to Settings > Tap Wallpaper > Tap Choose a New Wallpaper. Apple also has a support page here with more details if you need it.

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Step six: Change your app icons

Open the Shortcuts app and follow these steps for every app you want to add to your home screen with a custom icon:

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  1. In the Shortcuts app, hit the + button to create a new shortcut.
  2. Select Add Action on the next page.
  3. Search for the "Open App" option and then select it.
    • Tap the "i" and then favourite this action for quick access later.
  4. On the New Shortcut page, tap Choose (next to Open).
  5. Search and select an app. (Example: Messenger.)
  6. Tap the three-dot menu in the corner.
  7. On the Details page, give your shortcut a name or wakephrase for Siri to recognise.
  8. Tap Add to Home Screen.
  9. Name your shortcut and then tap the icon thumbnail next to the name you entered.
  10. You can then take or choose a photo to replace the app's existing icon.
    • Select Choose Photo
    • From your Camera Roll, select the app icons or graphics you saved earlier.
    • You will be asked to frame the shot.
  11. Preview your changes and tap Add to add the app to your home screen.
    • It will be added to your home screen as a bookmark, but it works like an app.
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Step seven: Create custom widgets

Open the Widgetsmith app and follow these steps for every custom widget you want to create:

  1. Pick a small, medium, or large widget to add by hitting the Add button.
    • Widgetsmith might show examples. You can swipe to delete or tap to customise. 
  2. Select the widget you just added.
  3. Tap the Default Widget square below the name to start customising the widget.
    • You will see the option to pick a new style, font, tint, and background color.
  4. Tap the Back button when done sorting through the personalisation options.
  5. Tap the widget's name at the top to rename it.
  6. Hit Save to save your changes.
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Step eight: Add custom widgets to your home screen

Follow these steps for every custom Widgetsmith widget you want to add to your home screen:

  1. Go to the left of your home screen, to the Widgets page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.
  3. Tap the "+" button in the corner.
  4. Search for "Widgetsmith" and select it.
  5. Tap the size widget you want to add and then select Add Widget.
  6. While the widget wiggles (if not, hit Edit), hold down and slide it to the home screen.
    • If you made more than one widget, hold down on a widget on your screen and Edit it.
    • Choose which Widgetsmith widget you want.
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Step nine: Arrange your home screen layout

  • Put everything where you want it and voila!

So, now you should have a bunch of custom widgets and apps on your home screen. Hold down on one of the widgets, then select Edit Home Screen from the pop-up menu, and while each of your apps and widgets wiggle, slide them around or to your dock until you get the layout you want. Easy peasy! 

Are there any caveats you should know?

Thankfully, with the most recent version of iOS 14, Apple removed the biggest 'gothca'. Any shortcut icons used to load the Siri Shortcut interface first, before taking to the app. With iOS 14.4 it doesn't do that, so if you're updated you're good on that front. If you see the Siri Shortcut screen first you're probably still running an older version of software.  

Oh, and because you can't see the names of the custom apps you've placed in the dock at the bottom of your phone, you'll have to memorise what you put there, so we suggest using easily recognisable icons for those particular apps. 

We should also note Widgetsmith has a $2 monthly subscription fee if you use its premium widgets, like Weather. You also see the "Widgetsmith" name below a widget, even if you pay up. Color Widget is the same, unfortunately. The only other downside to using Widgetsmith and Shortcuts to customise your iPhone home screen? It honestly takes a good couple hours to do. You'd be surprised how time consuming it is, but it's also very fun and creative.

What are the best Widgetsmith alternatives?

If you're looking for more apps like Widgetsmith, you're in luck, as there are quite a few. Here are some popular ones:

Color Widgets

Color Widgets lets you add custom widgets directly onto your home screen. Choose from premade widget designs, or make your own with the built-in editor. 

Widgeridoo

Create your own custom widgets with just a few taps. You can combine different "blocks" into widgets, including calendar events, text and images, and more.

Widget Wizard

For $2, you can create single or combination widgets. There are ones for agendas, health, clock, stat bar, and more. All are customisable to match your theme.

Widgetly

Widgetly lets you create photo widgets, solid background widgets, time display, and step count widgets. You can also create custom app icons for your home screen. Yes, it costs $1, but there are no subscriptions, no hidden costs, and everything is included in the app. 

Photo Widget: Simple

Photo Widget lets you make widgets out of images. It supports three sizes, two ratios (1:1 / 2:1), and any number of widgets. You can decorate them, too.

Need some #ios14homescreen inspiration?

Check out these amazing - and sometimes awful - examples of custom-made iPhone home screens:

Want to know more?

We have these other handy guides with more information about the App Library and Widgets:

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It's happened to us all -- you glance down at your iPhone and realize your home screens are a jumble of apps. Or maybe you're trying to quickly set up a new iPhone and you need a simple way to keep your screens tidy. Unfortunately, the process for moving individual apps around is tedious. But rearranging your home screen doesn't have to take forever, especially if you're messing around with iOS 14's new custom app icons,

In fact, Apple added the ability to select and move multiple app icons at the same time with the release of iOS 11 a few years ago. The problem is that Apple didn't really advertise the capability, and there's no obvious indicator that moving more than one app at a time is even possible. 

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I'm here today to tell you it is possible. Oh, as a bonus, this trick even works on the iPad. 

Read more:iOS 15: Release date, new features and every rumor we've seen

Quickly reorder your iPhone, iPad home screen

Long-press on an app icon to activate jiggle mode (that's the official term, I promise). Start to drag one of the app icons to an empty spot on your screen. With your finger still on the app icon, start tapping on the rest of the apps you want to relocate. 

As you tap on the icons, your iPhone or iPad will create a stack of apps that you're moving. 

When you're done selecting all of the apps you want to move, drag the stack to a new screen, folder or wherever it is you want to place them and lift your finger. Confused? The animated image to the right does a good job demonstrating the steps you need to take. 

If you want to get really particular, you should know that the apps are placed in reverse order of how you selected them. That means the first app you select and start to move will be the last app in the grid of the apps you move, and the last app you add to the stack will be the first app in the grid. 

Cool, right?

If you're looking for other ways to keep your iPhone feeling fresh, check out these tips. After you're done with that, make sure to change these settings. And, finally, learn more about all of the features in iOS 14 and beyond. 

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Learn & Customize the Home Screen

In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Change wallpaper
• Add widgets to the home screen
• Use Smart Stack
• Access App Library

Change wallpaper

1. From the home screen, select the settings appSettings app.

2. Scroll to and select Wallpaper, then select Choose a New Wallpaper.


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3. Select the desired wallpaper type, then select the desired wallpaper.

Note: For this demonstration, Stills was selected. To save battery life, turn off Live and Dynamic wallpapers.

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4. Select Set.

Note: Perspective wallpapers will move as you tilt the iPhone. 

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Add widgets to the home screen

1. From the home screen, select and hold an empty space on the screen until the apps start to shake, then select the Add icon. Select the desired widget

Note: Alternately, select and hold an app then select Edit Home Screen.


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2.  Swipe leftor rightto the desired widget layoutand size, then select Add Widget.

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3. Select and drag the desired widgetto the desired location, then select Donewhen finished. 

Note: To remove a widget from the home screen, select and hold an empty space on the screen until the apps start to shake > select the remove iconremove icon > Remove > Done.

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Use Smart Stack

1. A Smart Stack of widgets is intelligently curated based on the apps you use most. When using Smart Stack, the right widget will show up automatically at the right time in your day based on your app usage. To add Smart Stack to your home screen, select and hold an empty spaceon the home screen until the apps start to shake > select the Add icon > scroll to and select Smart Stack

Note: You can also create your own Smart Stack of widgets by dragging widgets of the same size (up to 10) on top of each other.

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2. Swipe leftor rightto the desired layoutand size, then select Add Widget.

Note: Select and drag the desired widget to the desired location, then select Done when finished. To remove Smart Stack from the home screen, select and hold an empty space on the screen until the apps start to shake > select the remove iconremove icon > Remove StackRemove > Done.

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3. Swipe upor downon the Smart Stack widgetto scroll through widgets. 

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Access App Library

The App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into one simple, easy‑to‑navigate view. Apps are sorted by category and your most used apps are always just one tap away. To access the App Library, swipe left from the right most home screen, then select the desired app.

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Be in the moment

Use your iPhone to help you stay focused on the task at hand. Select a Focus to help you concentrate at specific times, set up app limits in Screen Time, and schedule a notifications summary to minimize disruptions throughout your day.

The Focus setup screen with the following Focus options from top to bottom: Custom, Driving, Fitness, Gaming, Mindfulness, and Reading.

Choose a Focus

Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away from your iPhone. Pick from a list of provided Focus options such as Driving or Reading, or create your own. When you set up a Focus, your status is displayed in the Messages app to let others know your notifications are silenced. To get started, go to Settings > Focus.

The Choose Apps screen in Settings > ScreenTime. The screen is filled with most used apps, categories, and websites that can be selected. The Cancel button is in the top-left corner, and the Next button is in the top-right corner.

Manage screen time

With Screen Time, you can view daily and weekly activity reports that detail how you use your iPhone. See how much time you spend using different apps, and if you want to reduce your screen time, set daily time limits for specific apps or app categories. To set up app limits, go to Settings > Screen Time > App Limits.

The iPhone Lock Screen with a notification summary.

Schedule your notifications

Reduce the number of notifications you receive by scheduling a daily notifications summary—you choose which notifications to include in the summary and what time you’d like to receive it. Direct messages and time-sensitive notifications are still delivered immediately. Go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary.

Want to learn more? Check out Set up Focus, Set up Screen Time for yourself, and Schedule a notifications summary.

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Move apps and widgets on the Home Screen on iPhone

You can change the layout of your Home Screen—move apps and widgets around or drag them to other Home Screen pages, temporarily hide Home Screen pages, change where new apps get downloaded, and more.

Tip: You can move all your apps and widgets related to a particular Focus (your Work Focus, for example) onto one Home Screen page, and make that page accessible during that Focus.

Move apps and widgets around on your iPhone

  1. Touch and hold any app or widget on the Home Screen, then tap Edit Home Screen.

    The apps begin to jiggle.

  2. Drag an app to one of the following locations:

    • Another location on the same page

    • Another Home Screen page

      Drag the app or widget to the right edge of the screen. You might need to wait a second for the new page to appear. The dots above the Dock show how many pages you have and which one you’re viewing.

      Jiggling apps on the Home Screen with an arrow showing one app being dragged to the next page.
  3. When you’re finished, press the Home button (on an iPhone with a Home button) or tap Done (on other iPhone models).

Reset the Home Screen and apps to their original layout

  1. Go to Settings  > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone.

  2. Tap Reset, tap Reset Home Screen Layout, then tap Reset Home Screen.

    Any folders you’ve created are removed, and apps you’ve downloaded are arranged alphabetically after apps that came with your iPhone.

See alsoFind your apps in App LibraryOrganize your apps in folders

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HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR IPHONE WITH iOS 14 *aesthetic iOS 14 TUTORIAL*

What’s new

One of the biggest differences between iOS and Android has always been customization. Google’s mobile OS allows more control over how the software looks and feels, while Apple limits these changes in the name of consistency and usability. But with the launch of iOS 14 last week, iPhone and iPad owners are suddenly discovering how to make their phones and tablets look and feel truly different.

Search “#ios14” or “#ios14homescreen” on Twitter, for example, and you’ll see hundreds of examples of themed layouts that combine custom app icons, wallpaper, and widgets. (Be careful, though, as a couple of results for those searches are very much NSFW.) All over TikTok and YouTube, too, people are showing off custom home screens and layouts.

Many are themed around pop culture phenomena like Animal Crossing, Steven Universe, Harry Potter, Minecraft, and BTS, while others focus on a single aesthetic, like line drawings or neon icons. Some even recreate older user interfaces, riffing off the PlayStation 2’s memory card screen, for example, or making iOS 14 look like iOS 6. All in all, it’s the sort of beautiful, visual chaos you usually associate with custom PC themes or Winamp skins.

Why is this happening now? In part it’s because of the release of iOS 14, which gave the option to add widgets to their home screen. Usually, widgets are used to add quick-access functionality to your home screen, letting you see information about reminders, the weather, or calendar appointments at a glance. But you can also use them to display any image of your choice, which has led to users turning them into picture frames for their digital front rooms. You can also, with the right app, customize the appearance of the default widgets.

The other customization options users are taking advantage of are much older. Choosing your own wallpaper is obviously an option that’s been around for decades, but creating custom app icons was only made possible by Apple’s Shortcuts app. This was first introduced in 2018 in iOS 12 and allows you to automate certain actions in iOS. People have been using Shortcuts to create custom app icons for years, but it seems with the release of iOS 14 and the arrival of widgets, many people are discovering this functionality all over again.

Making your own custom home screen is easy but time-consuming. The main thing you’ll need is the actual visuals: a custom wallpaper and accompanying icon pack. Some designers are already sharing these in easy to download packages (as with the Animal Crossing example above) but a bit of Googling will usually get you what you need.

For the Windows 98 layout I made for the top image of this article (inspired by this tweet) I found all the background images and app icons I needed through some quick searches. Though it must be said that getting all these assets into shape, including coloring in the backgrounds of the transparent PNG icons by hand, was a complete pain and took at least an hour. Definitely go for pre-made packs if you can.

To add custom widgets to your home screen you’ll need to download an app called Widgetsmith. Once you’ve downloaded that just open the app and click to create the widget size of your choice. You can then customize the default iOS widgets like the clock and calendar with different fonts and colors, or create a widget that shows a static image. Once you’ve created your widget, just head to your homescreen, long-press on the screen to bring up the customization options, then click the + sign in the top left of your screen to add a widget. Scroll down to find your Widgetsmith creations.

Lastly, to add custom app icons you’ll need to download Apple’s Shortcuts app. Once you’ve got that, open it up and click the + sign in the top right to create a new app. Then go > Add Action > Scripting > Open App > Choose, and select the app you want to customize. Once you’ve done that, click “Next” in the top right, name the app, and click Done.

Then, to customize the icon and add it to your home screen, click the three-dot menu next to the shortcut action you just created, then click the three-dot menu again, and then select “Add to Home Screen.” Then click on the icon under the “Home Screen Name and Icon” pane and select the image you want to use from your camera roll. Phew! All done.

You’ll now have an app with a custom icon, though there is one very annoying caveat: each time you click an app it will jump first to the Shortcuts app and then to your app of choice. This means there’s a slight delay every time you open an app, but who said getting the #aesthetic of your choice was easy? However, if you know a way around this please let us know in the comments — and share any creations you’ve been inspired to make yourself!

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Your iPhone is capable, reliable, and sturdy—as long as you don’t drop it again on that one corner that keeps cracking. But over decades of refinement, it’s also gotten a little boring. Your apps line up in tidy rows, you swipe until you remember which screen you put Disney+ on, repeat 80 times a day or so. The addition of mighty widgets in iOS 14, though, lets you break out of that rut for the first time, well, ever.

If you’ve ever had an Android phone, you’ve likely tinkered with widgets before. On iOS, not so much, outside of a modest implementation in the iPhone and iPad’s “Today View,” the neglected territory you get to by swiping right from your home or lock screen. In iOS 14 though, the dam has burst. Widgets are welcome anywhere, across a wide range of apps in a variety of sizes. You can edit them, move them, and stack them to your heart’s content. You can download third-party apps that open the door to TikTok virality. Combine them with the iOS Shortcuts feature, and you can even go full Infinity Wars.

No matter how you choose to widget, it’s a way to make your iPhone a little more useful at a glance, and a lot more customized to your specific needs. Here’s a guide to whether widgets are right for you (probably) and how to get started with them (easily). Caution: The following contains prolific use of the word jiggle.

So What’s a Widget?

You know how your iPhone display shows little rounded-square icons for all of your apps, sometimes with notifications popping out of the upper-right corner, and that’s about all the information it gives you? Widgets are designed to fill in all the other details you might want at a glance.

Apple’s iOS widgets are available in three sizes, which we’ll call small, medium, and venti. Kidding! We’ll call the last one large. They take up the space of four apps (square), eight apps (horizontal rectangle), and 16 apps (big square, basically half of your screen), respectively. They use all that extra space to surface handy information.

Take the Weather app, probably the most straightforward example of what a widget can do for you. The small iOS Weather widget shows you the current temperature, that day’s forecasted high and low, and a tiny graphic to convey if it’s sunny, cloudy, rainy, and so on. Step up to medium and you get all that plus a snapshot forecast of the next five hours. Going gigante adds a five-day outlook.

Some apps offer multiple variations of widget. Wikipedia can just as easily show you a “picture of the day,” a glimpse at “this day in history,” and a rundown of the online encyclopedia’s most-read stories today. You can plop all three on your home screen at once if you’re so inclined. (We’re not really reviewing individual widgets here, but heads up that if you go with the daily photo, choose the big widget to minimize funky cropping.) Note that not every widget offers every size. Google, for one, keeps it modest with small and medium only; the former is a quick search function, the latter adds ready access to Google Lens, Incognito Mode, and voice search.

As for which apps you can widget with, that remains a moving target as developers hustle to add the feature. As you might have guessed, weather, calendar, and financial apps are leading the way; Fantastical alone has 11 to widgets to chose from. Apple’s native apps—as well as some iOS settings, like Battery and Screen Time—all offer them as well. And there are also dedicated widget apps, like Widgetsmith, for those who want to more fully micromanage their home screen experience. We’ll talk about that more in a minute, since that’s how you can really dive into changing up your iPhone’s whole aesthetic.

Even if you have no interest in going that far, there’s almost certainly at least some level of widgeting your iPhone could benefit from. Fortunately, it’s a cinch to get them on your phone and try them out for yourself.

How to Add and Stack Your Widgets

It’s simple! To get started, just press and hold a blank space on your home screen until the apps start to jiggle. In the upper left corner, you’ll see a plus sign. Tap it and you can scroll through a list of available widgets for the apps on your phone. Tap again on the widget you’re thinking about adding, and you can swipe through what its small, medium, and large versions look like. Once you’ve made your choice, just tap Add Widget.

You’ll find yourself back on whatever screen you started from, icons still jiggling merrily. iOS will have displaced your apps to make room for the widget, but just hold down on it and move it around like you would any normal-sized app. Tap Done when everything is right where you want it, or wait for the jiggling to stop on its own eventually.

You can edit some widgets as well, by long-pressing them and tapping Edit Widget. It’s a mixed bag in terms of how many offer that option, and the ones that do have pretty limited utility. You can change the location that the Weather and Clock apps pull from, for instance, but otherwise there’s not much worth mentioning yet.

As you start to accumulate widgets, and displaced apps continue to domino to further screens, things may start to feel untidy again. For that, the fix is to use a stack, which layers like-sized widgets on top of each other so you can swipe through them instead of each taking up its own space. To let Apple handle the selection process for you, go ahead and make your apps jiggle, hit the plus sign in the upper left corner, and tap Smart Stack. You can chose among three sizes again, and iOS 14 will plug in whatever widgets make the most sense for that time of day. (My Smart Stack included a pretty comprehensive, even redundant smörgåsbord of Weather, Calendar, Photos, Apple TV+, Google, and DuckDuckGo.)

Making your own custom stack is probably the better way to go until Smart Stacks get a little smarter. Fortunately, that’s also simple! Once you’ve got some widgets on your home screen, you can drag them on top of each other when your apps are in jiggle mode. To edit the order, hold down on the stack and tap Edit Stack. You can drag them into whatever order you like, or turn on Smart Rotate to let iOS surface what it thinks is most useful in that moment, or swipe left to delete a widget. Tap the X when you’re done fiddling.

How to Trick Out Your iPhone Home Screen

OK, that’s it for the basics. But if you’ve spent much time on TikTok lately you’re interested in more than just basic. You’re interested in a total widget takeover, and for that you’re going to need Widgetsmith.

The advent of iOS 14 has spurred many, many dedicated widget apps, and they should all mostly get you where you want to go. But it’s Widgetsmith that has won the hearts and minds of influencers, propelling it to the top of the App Store charts for several weeks. The main reason for its success? The absurd amount of choice it offers.

If you install Widgetsmith, it’ll generate widgets across eight categories for you: Weather, Calendar, World Time, Reminders, Health, Astronomy, Tides, and Photos. (Know ahead of time that Weather and Tides require a subscription of $2 per month or $20 per year, and that features like Health and Photos require handing over potentially sensitive permissions to the app.) So far, so simple. But it’s the manifold ways you can customize each of those widgets that will send you spiraling down the rabbit hole.

Take Widgetsmith’s time and date options alone. You can obviously choose between small, medium, and large. But if you tap on the medium version, say, then tap Default Widget, you can choose among 11 presentational styles of varying information density, 13 fonts, 14 tint colors (applied to the numbers and letters inside the widget), 30 background colors, and 15 border colors. And again, that’s just for the time and date! You can spend hours tapping to perfect how that one widget looks, and then do it all over again to apply the same fastidiousness to all the other Widgetsmith categories. You can even set restrictions so that specific widgets only appear at certain times.

Once you’re satisfied with how a widget has come together, tap Save in the upper-right corner. To keep better track of which widget is which, you can hit Tap to Rename in the top-center of your display. And then to get your new widget(s) actually on your home screen, close out of the Widgetsmith app and head to your widget options by doing the app-jiggle-plus-sign dance. Select Widgetsmith, then the size of the widget you want to place. Then long-press on the Widgetsmith widget, tap Edit Widget, and select your creation.

Widgetsmith plays an important role in broader home screen customization as well, since it lets you upload custom images for any widget size. From within the app, just tap on the size of the widget you want, then on Default Widget, scroll a tiny bit to Custom, and then tap Photo, then Selected Photo, then Choose Photo to grab something from your iOS photo library. Phew! You can also select Custom Text instead, with all the aforementioned font and color choices at your disposal.

Embrace the App Icon Pack

Technically that’s about it for widgets. But there’s a decent chance you’re also looking for how to change the app icons on your iPhone as well, since that’s how you get glories like this.

To achieve full home screen harmony, you’re going to need the following: the iOS Shortcuts app, images to replace your existing app icons, and a heaping helping of patience. Achieving iOS 14 aesthetic takes a whole lot of time.

The hard way to get started is to design your own app icons. The much, much easier way is to hit up a vendor like icon8, Flaticon, or a bunch of Etsy folk and find icons that match your style. Once you’ve accumulated enough art, open the Shortcuts app and tap the plus sign in the upper right corner, then Add Action. Tap Scripting, then Open App, then Choose. Pick the app whose icon you want to customize, then Next, then give the shortcut a name where prompted, then tap Done. (You are not done.)

Now tap the three-dot menu on the shortcut you just made, then tap it again on the next screen and tap Add to Home Screen. Tap on the icon under Home Screen Name and Icon, and you’ll be presented with three options: Take Photo, Choose Photo, and Choose File. Go grab the image you want to reassign that app, and you’re all set.

Two things to keep in mind: Tapping on your new icon will kick you to the Shortcuts app first, then over to the app you actually want, so you’re giving up a couple of seconds every time you use it. And the original app will remain on your home screen, so you’ll want to banish it to the iOS 14 App Library by long-pressing it, then tapping Remove App and Move to App Library. Don’t delete it by mistake!

To complete the look, pick a wallpaper that complements your widgets and apps; to skip the line, try Etsy again, where you can buy bundles of icons, widget quotes, and wallpapers that all play nice together. Once you've got your image of choice in your photo library, head to Settings, then Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper and find it there.

If all of this sounds like a lot of work, well … it is. But when your widgets, app icons, and wallpaper act in harmony, you can create something pretty special. Or you can do something like this:

Which is even better.


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