It’s fun to customize your iPhone Home screen layout from time to time. Grouping app icons into folders or pages is a logical way to keep your app library under control, but there are more inventive ways to switch it up.
Here are the most creative layout ideas if you want to do something different with your iPhone Home screen.
How to Create Custom Icons in the Shortcuts App
Many of the creative layouts below call for customized app icons. To create these, you need to use the Shortcuts app, which allows you to choose a color and glyph for each app. You can even create a single icon and use it to open multiple apps.
It’s easy to create a custom icon. Download and launch Shortcuts from the App Store (if it’s not already on your phone), then tap Create Shortcut. Search for the Open App action, then use it to choose the app you want to create a custom icon for.
Next, tap the three-dot Menu button in the top-right corner. Tap the Icon field to choose the Color and Glyph you’d like. Then tap Add to Home Screen, create a Home screen name, and tap Add.
Your icon appears on the Home screen alongside all your other apps. You may want to put the original app in a folder to keep it out of the way.
1. The Minimalist
For this Home screen layout, move every app into a single folder, then make it the only icon on the Dock to center it. To take it to the next level, move every app except one out of the first page of the folder, so you can only see that one app on your Home screen.