With iOS 14, iPhone own­ers can cus­tom­ize their screens

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY AMERICA’S MARKETS - Brett Molina

Thanks to iOS 14, iPhone own­ers have been get­ting a lot more cre­ative.

In case you haven’t no­ticed, sev­eral users have hopped on so­cial me­dia to share their iOS “aes­thetic,” high­light­ing the cus­tom themes and app icons on their home screens.

The themes vary from fol­low­ing the same color pat­tern to a fall or Hal­loween theme, based on var­i­ous posts shared on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. Some are in­spired by such pop cul­ture fa­vorites as Star Wars or Dis­ney.

The launch of iOS 14 last week in­tro­duced fea­tures open­ing the door for this type of cus­tomiza­tion. Ap­ple ex­panded upon wid­gets to give them more depth and style for your screen based on the in­for­ma­tion you care about most.

If you own an An­droid phone, this is noth­ing new. Fea­tures al­low­ing users to cus­tom­ize their home screens have been on An­droid’s plat­form for a while.

So how can you cus­tom­ize your iPhone screen? Most of the work is done through two apps: Short­cuts and Wid­get­smith.

In Short­cuts, users “add an ac­tion,” then search for “open app.” Users then add it to their home screen, then cus­tom­ize with the name and an im­age from your cam­era roll.

Users can then cre­ate cus­tom wid­gets in the app Wid­get­smith for cal­en­dar, clock, pho­tos and other apps.

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Ap­ple de­tailed iOS 14 last week.

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