Thanks to the latest iOS update, mobile users can now customize their home screen appearance. How?
Don’t worry, this step-by-step guide will help you to discover different ways to use iOS 14 to personalize your home screen aesthetics. One such way is to change the home screen font color on your iPhone.
Steps to change the home screen font color on your iPhone
Follow these steps in order.
Step 1: Update your phone to iOS 14
The first step in this customization process is to update your device’s software to iOS 14.
Simply go to Settings > General > Software Update. Next, click Download and, finally, Install.
Step 2: Select your preferred color theme
Figure out the color theme you’d want on your home screen then go ahead and download a wallpaper and icon pack that match that theme.
Make sure to save them in your camera roll.
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Step 3: Download the Widgetsmith and Shortcuts app
You’ll need these two apps to change the font color on the iPhone lock screen and other appearances.
Widgetsmith creates a widget with your preferred background color, photo, and font. As for the Shortcuts app, you’ll use it to create custom app icons, and automate tasks through apps or by asking Siri.
Step 4: Clear the home screen
Remove the old apps from your home screen so that you have a clean screen to customize as you please.
To do this, hold down on an app, and a pop-up menu that lets you remove the app will appear. You can either move to the app library or delete the app.
Step 5: Install the new wallpaper
Go to settings, select wallpaper, then pick the wallpaper you downloaded and saved in the camera roll.
Step 6: create custom widgets with the Widgetsmith app
Follow these steps to create a widget:
- Launch the Widgetsmith app.
- You have the option of a small, medium, or large widget. Pick one and select “Add”.
- Select the new widget and click on the Default widget square under the name to start the customization.
- You’ll find the option to change the font color on iPhone, tint color, background color, appearance of time, and calendar, among other features.
- Click the widget’s name at the top and rename it.
- Once you’re done click “Save”.
- Go back to your home screen. Press and hold on to the screen until the apps begin to wiggle. Look for the “+” button in the top left corner and click on it.
- Go to the bottom and select “Widgetsmith”. Swipe left to add your customized widget to the home screen.
- To move the widget on the home screen, press and hold then drag it around.
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Step 7: Use the Shortcuts app to change icons
To change the icons:
- Open the Shortcuts app and click the + icon to create a new shortcut (it’s on the top-left of your screen).
- Select “Add action”.
- Look for “Open App” and click on it.
- Select “Choose” on the Shortcut page.
- Search and select the app you want to customize.
- When you find it, click the three-dot menu in the top-right.
- Under details, give the Shortcut a name or wakephrase that Siri would recognize.
- Select “Add to Home Screen”.
- The name you give the app is the one that will appear on the Home Screen.
- Click the placeholder app icon. You will see a drop-down menu that asks you to either take or choose a photo. Select choose a photo and go to camera roll where you’d saved the icon pack. Pick one to replace the current app icon. You’ll have to frame the shot.
- Preview the changes and click “Add”, then “Done”.
- The app will now appear on your home screen.
Step 8: Organize your home screen
To arrange your home screen layout, hold down one of the widgets. A pop-up menu will appear. Pick “Edit Home Screen”. You can then slide things around until you achieve the desired layout.
NOTE: Widgetsmith has a $2 monthly fee for its premium widgets like weather and tides.
Widgetsmith alternatives that you can use include Color Widgets, Widgeridoo, and Widget Wizard.
Customizing the iOS accessibility features
You can also use the accessibility controls to apply color filters, control auto-brightness, increase contrast, enlarge the fonts, bold text, and invert colors.
Turn on invert colors on an iPhone
This is for people who view items better when there’s a dark background. It helps to reduce eye strain.
Go to “settings”, open “accessibility”, then go to “Display & Text Size”. You can either go to smart invert or classic invert.
- Smart invert will only reverse the colors on display. It doesn’t affect media, images, or apps with dark color themes.
- Classic invert will reverse all colors on display. Including media and images.
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Changing color filters on an iPhone
This helps people with color blindness to differentiate the colors. Unfortunately, it could affect the appearance of pictures and other media.
Open “Settings”, select “Accessibility”, got to “Display & Text Size”, then pick “Color Filters”. When you turn the color filters on, you’ll have four filters to choose from:
- Blue/Yellow for users with Tritanopia.
- Red/Green for users with Protanopia.
- Green/Red for users with Deuteranopia.
Use the intensity slider at the bottom to adjust according to your needs.
The other useful accommodations under “Display & Text Size” include:
- Large Text: When you click on this option and turn on Larger Accessibility Sizes you’ll be able to use the slider to set a preferred text size.
- Bold text: Makes the text bold.
- On/Off Labels: It will add the On/Off labels on certain screens.
- Button Shapes: Puts shapes to buttons. For instance, you’ll get an underline under back buttons.
- Increase Contrast: Enhances the color contrast of an app’s foreground and background.
- Reduce Transparency: It reduces the transparency and blurs on certain backgrounds.
- Reduce White Point: Limits the intensity of bright colors
- Differentiate Without Color: Replace items that need color to relay information.
That wraps up our guide on how to change the font color on the iPhone home screen. You can be as creative as you want with the color schemes and widget layout.
The new iOS update gives you a considerable amount of creative freedom as far as home screen customization goes. You should take full advantage.
Alex is an IT technician who shares his experiences with Apple devices occasionally. He has a collection of Apple devices (from iPhone 4) and has recently started trying out Android.
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