Your iPhone is just that – yours . Why should your home screen look like everyone else? While iOS, and by extension, Apple, famously locks its users into its way of doing things, there's a lot more room for customization than you'd think. Before you make the switch to Android, you might want to see the iPhone you already have.
Whether you want to change the order of your apps, choose a custom icon for those apps, or hide folder and app names, you can do it with these steps. But that's not all you can do on iOS – check out our full guide for all the ways you can customize your iPhone, head to toe
. Swap Your App Icons
Don't like the way your app icons look? Change them! While iOS is close to the flexible Android offers in this respect, those on iPhone can change the appearance of their app icons. In fact, some apps offer their own options for users to choose from.
On the flip side, many of the apps that offer this feature so well, implement multiple if not a suite of icons for users to swap in and out. We just wish more apps would support this option.
It's now our quest to document every app that offers this feature into an ongoing list. Make sure you know us in the comments if you know of an app we don't!
Just because the list of apps that are natively support icon swapping, doesn't mean you can change the icons for your favorite apps. In fact, with a little elbow grease, you can change almost any app's icon to anything you want. You just need something called bookmarks
At first glance, bookmarks look just like apps. But they aren't – bookmarks are icons that will launch a corresponding application. Bookmark icons are also completely customizable, meaning you can hide the original app in a folder and display a bookmark with whatever icon you see fit
Keep in mind, this is more or less a roundabout solution for customizing your app icons – you will find a bookmark, it will take a second to redirect to the app of your choosing, adjusting the usual flow iOS is known for. Bookmarks will also work if you know the URL scheme for the app you're trying to redirect to.
3. Download Pre-Made App Icons Using iSkin
No need to make your own bookmarks in order to find them on your iPhone. Instead, browse the icons that iSkin carries on its site. You will find a wide variety of icons for apps you already own, in all different styles. You can browse the apps on your iPhone like anything, you need to download the icons first.
You can browse individual app icons on iSkin, but you can also download themed packs. This is a ton of time, especially if you have a specific theme for all your compatible apps anyway.
4. Clean Up Your Home Screen with Apple Configurator
Rearranging your home screen by dragging your apps one-by-one gets old. Solid. Rather than subjecting yourself to this tedious torture, try using Apple Configurator 2 for Mac.
5. Grab & Move Multiple Icons at Once
If you don't have a Mac, or if you'd prefer to keep home screen for your iPhone, there are tips you can use to make your apps much easier. Your iPhone now allows you to grab multiple app icons at the same time, exponentially simplifying the process of making sweeping changes to your home screen layout.
You can even move these groups of icons across multiple pages, picking up more than you go
6. Hide Folder Names on Your Home Screen
If you're someone who prefers a clean home screen, folders must bug the heck out of you. The white text below each folder can be aesthetically abhorrent, especially if you have multiple folders side-by-side. If you want to leave the text field blank when setting up a folder, so what are you doing? textless on your home screen. And we mean textless. Take a look at the comparison below. ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>