After the recent iOS 14 Apple update, our phone screens have never looked so personalized! However, choosing a color scheme, new app icons, and a background to unify it all sounds like a lot of work. That’s why we went ahead and did some of it for you...Halloween style! After all, it's spooky season so your phone screen should reflect that.
These iOS 14 home screen app icons are free to download and use. If you're not sure how to update your home screen with our icons, you can jump to our tutorial or watch a video. But if you're just here for the Halloween home screen content, let’s dive in!
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How to Customize Your iOS 14 Home Screen
If you need help adding these custom app icons to your home screen, we'll show you how!
- To begin, you should check that your iPhone is updated to iOS 14. Most people have their phone set to update automatically, but for those who don’t, this step is for you! Go to Settings > General > Software Update, and from there it’ll show you if you’re up to date.
- Once your phone is updated to iOS14, download our app icon images (above) so they're saved in your camera roll.
- Open the Shortcuts app. Not sure where that is? Swipe down on your phone for the search option and type in “shortcuts”. The app will be a dark blue color with two rounded squares blending into each other. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Shortcuts. It'll be mixed in with apps like Messages, Safari, and Maps.
- In Shortcuts, tap the small blue + button in the top right corner.
- Tap + Add Action.
- Type “open app” into the search bar and select that option.
- Tap on Choose.
- This will open a menu of all your phone apps. Select or search for the app you’d like to update. Once you’ve found the app, tap it and you'll be back at the previous screen. It should now say "Open" and then show your selected app.
- Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
- Tap Add to Homescreen.
- Rename your app, or keep it the same as the original.
- To select a new app icon, tap the image icon with the blue border around it. That will bring you to your camera roll, where you can select our new app icon image.
- Tap Add.
- The shortcut will then appear on your home screen and you can move it to its desired location.
iOS 14 App Icon Video Tutorial
For the visual learners out there, here is a video from Kayla's World. The tutorial begins at 0:57.
[Source: Kayla's World]
How to Get Rid of Duplicate Apps
Once you’ve added your new shortcut, you will have two of the same app on your home screen: the shortcut with our Halloween app icon and the original app. Here’s how to avoid having duplicates on your home screen.
- Long press (press and hold) on an app until all your icons start doing their wiggle dance and you can move them around.
- Select your original app and move it to the right until it brings you to your App Library, which is also a new feature for iOS 14. Alternatively, you can long press on the app and when the drop-down menu appears, select move to App Library.
- Select which category you want that app to live in. There are already categories like Entertainment, Social, Utilities, etc. (Don’t worry, you can always move it around and get it back. You’re not deleting it, just hiding it!)
Opening Apps With New Icons
It’s also important to note that by using the Shortcuts app, you will be brought to the shortcut home page for a split second before your phone opens the actual app you want. No, your phone isn’t glitching, it’s merely a feature Apple hasn’t fixed yet and is a small price to pay for a wonderfully spooky home screen.
We hope you enjoyed these custom Halloween app icons for iOS 14. Please let us know if you're using them in the comments below! And now that you've decorated your iPhone, be sure to decorate your home with our Halloween decor!