How to customize iPhone home screen on iOS 18

Written on 06/14/2024
Taylor Bell

Apple unveiled the new iOS 18 with a ton of changes and new features at WWDC 2024. One of the biggest changes is that iPhone users will finally be able to customize their home screens, just like Android users have been doing for years. This means that instead of all devices looking the same, we can finally see different iPhone users have different looking home screens.

Note: iOS 18 is currently in beta. This means that there are bound to be bugs and performance issues that will be fixed by the time a stable version is released. If you are not familiar with these issues, we recommend waiting until the stable version is released.

Color and Tint of App Icons in iOS 18
Apple finally added an option for iPhone users to set different color schemes for their app icons. You can choose between Dark, Light, and Tint. The light color scheme is the default color scheme that is immediately visible on iPhone. The dark color scheme makes the app icons complement the dark theme.

If you want to try a different color scheme than the Standard and Dark schemes, choose Tint. Here's how to use it:

1. Tap and hold anywhere on the iOS Home screen to enter edit mode.

2. Tap the Edit option in the top right corner and you will see a new Customize option.

3. Choose Customize to access the color scheme selector interface. You can select from Automatic, Dark, Light, and Tint options.

Selecting "Tone" will automatically suggest a color scheme to match your current home screen background. If you want to choose a custom color, you can do so using the slider below. From the same interface, you can also choose whether you want to keep your app icons small or large.

Rearrange app icons, widgets, and app folders on your home screen in iOS 18
In iOS 18, you can rearrange app icons, widgets, and app folders on your home screen to your liking. Apple already allows you to move app icons from one position or side to another, but this requires following preset rules. For example, you can't have a space between two app icons.

This has changed in iOS 18, and you can now move app icons around on your home screen in the same way as Android. One of the biggest benefits of this is that your wallpaper won't be cluttered with app icons.

Now you can arrange your important objects so they are always visible in your background image: just long-press on an app icon, widget, or app folder, then drag and drop it to the desired location.