This article explains how to theme homescreen app icons on iOS 12, iOS 13, and iOS 14
Apple finally released iOS 14 for the public on 16th September 2020. iOS 14 introduced lots of new features and changes to iOS. The most notable feature in iOS 14 is the ability to add widgets on your iPhone Homescreen. Another feature that caught the attention of so many Apple users is the ability to automate different tasks in iOS. This can be done using Apple’s Shortcut app. Through this shortcut app, people found a new way to change the theme of homescreen icons in iOS14. But many people found that method cumbersome and there is an app shift whenever they open any app and the reason behind this app shift is shortcut app creates a shortcut icon on the homescreen and whenever someone tries to open that certain app, the shortcut first opens the shortcut app and then it opens to the other app which is set inside the shortcut.
Thankfully, I found an easy and more quick method which allows you to customize your homescreen icons in any iOS version including iOS 12, iOS 13 and iOS 14. Also, this method removes the app shift issue that I have already talked about above. Here are the steps to theme your homescreen icons.
How to theme your iOS homescreen icons
Follow these easy steps to change the homescreen icon theme on your iOS device:
- Launch the Safari browser on your iPhone and head over to this website.
- Scroll down on the website and you will see a number of themes. You can search themes by different categories like most download, most popular, and newest.
- Select any theme of your choice and on the next page, you will see these options (see in the image down below). Select the Application icon option.
- Select all the app icons you want to customize. Make sure that app is already installed on your iPhone.
- After selecting all the icons you want to customize. Now scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see “Generate Theme”. Click on it.
- It will take you to a new page where you have to wait for a few seconds until a pop up message appears on your screen. Click on Allow and it will download a profile on your iPhone.
- For setting up this new profile on your iPhone you need to go to the iOS settings app and you will find a new option “Downloaded Profile” at the top. If you are unable to see this option then you need to do the following:
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap General.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page.
- You will see the “Profile” option.
- Tap on it and Install the new profile.
- Now you need to install this new profile on your iPhone. For installing this profile you need to type in your iOS passcode (only if you have set any passcode on your iOS device).
- Once you have installed the profile on your iOS device. Now head over to your Homescreen and you will find new app icons there.
- You can hide all the old icons in the app library by pressing and holding on the icon for a few seconds until you see some options then click on “Move to AppLibrary”.
- Start the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the Accessibility option.
- Tap on the Reduce Motion option.
- Turn-On the Reduce Motion toggle.
- Start the Settingsapp on your iPhone.
- Tap on the General option.
- Scroll to the bottom until you see the “Profile” option.
- Remove the downloaded profile.
- All the icons will automatically disappear from your homescreen.
After completing the setup, you will see an “app shift” animation after opening any app. For removing this app shift animation issue follow the steps below:
How to delete customize icons from homescreen
If you don’t like the theme or want to install a different one or you want to go back to the stock theme
You need to follow these easy steps:
I hope this method will help you to customize your iOS device. I am happy to see Apple finally gave its users this much flexibility to customize the homescreen just like we have seen in android for many years. If you found this article helpful share it with others and also if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to share with us in the comments section below.