For years, phones have given us the ability to customise our home screens using custom background images. Apple iPhones have been a little late to the party in terms of customisation features beyond this.
While Android users have had greater control over their phone customisation through widget selection and unique icon packs, Apple iPhones are known historically for their limited functionality.
Now, however, there’s an exciting new way to make your iPhone truly personal to you, and that’s with the new iOS 14 update which allows you to customise your iPhone theme. Everyone’s personalities and styles are different, so why shouldn’t their phones be too?
After all, we’re all guilty of spending more than a few hours a day on our phones!
Here, we’ll be looking into the hottest iOS themes you can get; from aesthetic app icon packages to widget themes.
What are Aesthetic iOS Themes?
Apple’s iOS 14 is a new update that launched in September 2020 that allows its users to personalise their home screens using a host of third-party free and paid-for apps.
These third-party apps allow you to alter each of your app icons within your phone to make them all unique to your personal style! Whether that’s a sophisticated monochrome theme or aesthetically pleasing pastels. Our aesthetic iPhone icon packs make it easy for you to create a minimal iOS Theme.
By doing this, you’ll be able to get each of your app icons to look cohesive and similar to one another, rather than each of them having different styles and logos.
How to Customize App Icons?
Now, before we go into detail about all the great looks that you can achieve with a custom app icon set, it’s important to note that these icons cannot be easily changed simply by clicking on each of your iPhone apps.
While iOS 14 does have some pretty neat new features, customising the app icons usually has to be done through the shortcuts option. Here, you can create a shortcut for each of your apps, then import a custom icon image to make them all similar to one another.
Trending iOS Themes in 2021
Now that you know how to change your app icons, let’s look into the possible icon sets you can get.
Firstly, if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to achieve an aesthetically pleasing home screen, and don’t mind putting some time into it- you can create icons yourself. Choose from your own images or graphics from your camera roll and import them into each app shortcut individually. Needless to say, this is likely to take you some time, but you can achieve some awesome app icons that are personal to you.
If that’s not your bag, there are now lots of great free and paid iOS icon themes you can download from third-party apps to suit your style. From each app, you’ll have to follow the instructions on how to import them into your phone.
Here are a few themes we recommend!
Aesthetic iPhone Icon Packs
Creating Unique Wallpapers
Personalising your phone with the new iOS update doesn’t stop at customising your app icons. With iOS custom themes and packs, you can customise your background too.
If you’re going for a specific theme, why not find a background that compliments your new theme?
Head to Instagram or Pinterest to find some inspiration for the sort of aesthetic that you like, then either download a third party app like ‘Wallpapers & Themes’ or create your own background using websites such as Canva.
For example, if you’re going for a coastal theme with minimalist icons, you could opt for a visually pleasing seascape background to match. Or, for an astrology theme, you could pick a galaxy background to match.
Useful Widgets for your Home Screen
Along with the recent iOS update comes a new way for Apple users to customise their home screen. The new ‘widget’ feature allows users to pin their favourite tools to their home screen, allowing easy access and viewing. For example, the weather, notes or clock.
When you hold down your finger on the home screen of your phone, you’ll likely know that this allows you to freely move around your apps as you wish.
With the new iOS 14 update, you can now also arrange your apps by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the screen. This will allow you to edit your home screen pages so you can hide certain apps, folders or pages if you need to.
Customizing your Widgets
With this feature you’ll also find that clicking on the ‘plus’ icon in the left-hand corner brings up a new option- widgets.
Using this button, you’ll find the widgets you already have access to depending on which apps you have downloaded. For example, if you have the BBC Weather app, you’ll find that there’s now a widget to go with it, where you’re able to display the weather in your location on your home screen.
There are three different sized widgets for you to choose from for each app, ranging from a small icon square through to a half-page size. Simply choose the size and add it to your homescreen. You’ll be able to then view each widget app at a glance, making it easy to access the information you need.
Standard Apple widgets
Here are some of the standard Apple widgets you’ll notice you can attach to your screen, depending on what apps you make the most use of:
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aesthetic third party widgets:
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Built into your iPhone, the Shortcuts app lets you customise your app icons by creating shortcuts to each. From there, you can select your own photos to use as app icons.
Now, you can use Shortcuts in conjunction with an icon theme app (and it is often required), or use it to create your app icons without the help of a third-party app.
You can do this by choosing an icon image from your photo albums, and creating a shortcut to each of your apps.
Don’t forget that uploading your own app icons can be time-consuming, so it’s recommended that you download a pack from a third-party app.
A handy app to take note of, Widgetsmith is a free app that allows you to customise your widgets to your aesthetic.
Whether that’s changing your standard Apple clock into something a little easier on the eye or altering the colour of your weather app.
Widgetsmith comes with several customisable options, from font to app border colours.
Create and customise your own widgets using the free Color Widgets app.
Add personalised images to your widgets, edit fonts and create a colour scheme that suits you.
Color Widgets also allows you to customise your app icons using a selection of themes from the app including Ocean and Cotton Candy!
Wallpapers & Themes for Me
Decorate your home screen with the wallpaper selection options from Wallpapers & Themes for Me!
Enjoy a huge range of images from 12 unique categories on this app, including; abstract, holidays, cartoon, nature and animals.
Choose your favourite and simply import your selected wallpaper to your camera roll to set as a wallpaper on your device. This is a great one if you’re searching for a wallpaper to match a particular theme or style.
ScreenKit- Aesthetic App Icons
Choose from hundreds of different aesthetic icons, wallpaper and widget designs with the ScreenKit app. With this app, you can choose a pack to suit your style. From minimalist to glitter and neon.
Brass - Custom Icons & Widgets
Customise your home screen using Brass’s extensive range of icon, widget styles and themes.
The widget customisation tool allows you to change up your widgets by theme; for example adding a wintery scene background image to your calendar or clock!
Live Wallpaper Maker - Live4K
The Live Wallpaper Maker app allows you to fully customise your home and lock screen using a unique catalog of live wallpapers.
What’s different about this is that you can select patterns and designs that move on your lock screen or home screen. For example, flowing water or moving city scapes.
Feeling ready to get started on personalising your iPhone?
There are a vast number of customisation apps to help you to find your favourite aesthetic. Don’t forget that it is possible for you to fully create your own aesthetic home screen, but it might take a little time, patience and creativity! Which themes will you be trying?