How To Customize Your Homescreen with iOS 14

iOS 14 homescreen pink icons

With the release of iOS 14 from Apple, it’s become a huge trend to customize your homescreen aesthetic. Whether you prefer a minimalist look, pastels or monochrome – it’s fairly simple to give your homescreen a new look if you’re willing to spend a little bit of time to do it.

There are a couple of ways to go about customizing your homescreen:

  1. You can find the images you want to use yourself and make your own icons
  2. Save yourself some time and buy an icon set, like the ones I created here, that has the aesthetic you’re looking for. 

Keep following below for a full guide on how to customise your homescreen.

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How to make custom iOS 14 App Icons

Make sure you have iOS 14 already downloaded on your phone and the icons you want to use saved to your camera roll.

1. Open the Shortcuts App

On your iPhone, go to “Shortcuts” and tap the “+” sign in the top right corner to add a new shortcut.

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

2. Click “Add Action”

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

3. Select “Scripting

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

4. Select “Open App” as the action

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

5. Click “Choose” and then select which app you would like to make a shortcut for (ex. Instagram)

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

6. Click the blue circle with the with the 3 dots to the right of the shortcut name

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

7. Click on “Add to Home Screen

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

8. Click on the shortcut photo

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

9. Select the “Choose Photo” option

From the pop up, click the “Choose Photo” option and select the photo you would like to use for the shortcut from your camera roll (ex. Instagram icon).

iOS 14 tutorial with shortcuts

10. Name your shortcut

Once you’ve chosen a photo, give your shortcut the name you would like to appear on your homescreen (ex. Instagram) and then click on “Add

11. Now you should see it appear on your homescreen!

Customize your screen further with widgets

If you’d like to take the look of your iPhone homescreen one step further, then I recommend downloading two apps: Widgetsmith and Photo Widget.

Widgetsmith allows you to display the time, calendars, weather, reminders and much more as widgets on your homescreen. The best part is you can customize them with different font styles and colors, tint colors, and background colors to match your homescreen aesthetic.

Photo widget is great for displaying your favorite photos in the form of a widget so that you can always see them on your homescreen. My favorite way to use it though is to find fun graphics on Pinterest that match the color scheme of my homescreen so that it looks cohesive.

I hope you found this guide helpful to customize your very own homescreen. If you have questions or want to share homescreen inspiration, let me know in the comments below!


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