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iPhone Home Screen Custom Icons and Widgets

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Adding custom icons and tiles for apps, widgets, and folders to your home screens is a great way to personalise your iPhone. Custom images can replace standard icons. Since iOS 14, you may modify your home screen based on Focus mode, and in iOS 16 you can even design the lock screen.

One Twitter user used MS Paint to create amusingly amateur icons. Shortcuts is key. Learn how to customise iOS home screens using icons and widgets.

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iPhone Icon Customization

Tap the addition sign (+) in the upper right corner of the Shortcuts app to access the New Shortcut page.
Click Scripting. (If you click Apps, you’ll only see activities created by the app maker, like tweeting, not activating the app.)

Open App, then click the three-dot menu button to see Details.

Add to Homescreen. Tap the tiny icon beside your new shortcut. Tap the X to rename New Shortcut.
Here’s the rub: You can replace an icon using a file, a snapshot from your camera roll, or the iPhone’s camera.

Tap Add to Home Screen and select your shortcut’s icon.

Click File, Photo, or Take Photo in the pop-up window. You can crop an image to tailor what appears, but it doesn’t have to be square.
Add > Finish.

New Acrobat and AccuWeather icons. I made the fake Acrobat symbol in Windows 10’s Paint 3D.
Custom icons are fun, but they have downsides. First, tapping the custom app icon doesn’t open the app. Instead, the action opens Shortcuts, which subsequently launches the desired app.
You lose the official icon’s long-press menu. Long-tapping WhatsApp’s symbol opens a chat or takes a photo. When you long-press a custom icon, you can delete it or update the home page.

iOS Widgets

I prefer home screen widgets to custom icons. Simple widgets can be added to a homepage.

Long-press the home page, then tap the plus sign (+) at the top. On some iPhone models, it’s on the left.

Choose an app. Swipe right to see size and design options.
To choose, click the bottom blue Add Widget bar. The app widget may request privacy information. Finally! Enjoy your app.

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