Most smartphone users spend time staring at their home screens, and many were happy when iOS 14 offered them a way to shake things up by changing the design of their iPhone app icons. But when it was previously solved a bit complicated using the shortcut app, Apple’s new iOS 14.3 update made the process completely smooth.
Previously, after tapping a custom app icon, you had to wait for your iPhone to open shortcuts, which would later open the desired app. But now, tapping on the custom icon will open it directly. It may not be the most dramatic iPhone update in years, but hey – anything that makes one of our best camera phones a little better is a welcome addition.
Home screen icon optimization is completely better with iOS 14.3! I’ll take a quick banner message upon launching the shortcut app before launching the intended app message Thanks Apple! # IOS # ios14homescreen pic.twitter.com/ddNPHmBz5U14 December 2020
The solution is far from perfect – a small banner will appear briefly at the top of the screen that the shortcut is running. But the whole process is inherently very fast and smooth, as there is no need to open a separate app first.
Since iOS icons became an all-in-one design free in September, Twitter users have been flooded with sharing their own super-cool original homescreen design. In fact, when it comes to optimizing your iPhone, it seems that the only limitations are your imagination (and design skills).
Here we are some of our favorites to inspire you, featuring everything from delightful MS Paint vibes to superheroes and friends themes. You can also find the instructions below, so that you too can customize your favorite apps.
iOS 14 Let’s you redo app icons to naturally make them all worse in MS Paint style. All app icon designers regret that they spent years making good pic.twitter.com/bsa0E5VvSySeptember 20, 2020
I worked very hard on this # ios14homescreen pic.twitter.com/tdFFaLMKA1September 21, 2020
Work in progress but I have to stop now, it will take me half a day # ios14homescreen pic.twitter.com/wgSQjxK93GSeptember 20, 2020
My four screens are all themed! # os14homescreen #widgetsmith pic.twitter.com/5TkkIg6y8xSeptember 20, 2020
Here is my # ios14homescreen so far! What do you guys think? pic.twitter.com/ohFQb2ey5iSeptember 21, 2020
Very creative, right? If you want to fill your iPhone with personality, take the following steps:
- Download and open the shortcut app, tap the + icon at the top right and click ‘Add Action’
- Open the app you want to work with using the ‘Open App’
- Edit the name and icon, add a new name, as well as a file to change the design
- To stop pairing, remove the app icon from your home screen
For more in-depth instructions, see this handy guide. Or, if you’re aiming for a particularly retro vibe and you don’t want to put in the effort, you can channel Ready-Made Nostalgia using the icon Rewind. It is an app designed to travel once again before its icons are designed flat from time to time.