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iOS 18 redesigns home screen and lock screen with new customization features

New in iOS 18: Apple has made significant changes to the Home screen, including the ability to customize app layouts and change icon sizes and colors. Here's how you can hide icons, resize widgets, and use icons in dark mode in iOS 18.

iOS 18 Home and Lock Screen Customizations

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More flexibility in placing app icons and widgets in iOS 18's grid. You can also leave vertical space between apps, leave empty rows or columns wherever you want on your home screen—and still move apps around without them hitting the wallpaper.

Increase icon size

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You get larger app icons by removing app names, leaving more room on your home screen for larger screens without reducing the overall number of visible apps.

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Change widget size

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Widgets have a resize handle that allows you to resize a widget directly on your home screen.

New widgets

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With Widgets – Health, Diary and Training Load on iOS 18 have new home screen widgets for additional information and interaction directly from the home screen.

Dark mode icons

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Built-in apps now have built-in support for light and dark colors. You can switch between them manually or have the colors change automatically to match your device's theme.

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Symbol colors

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Change the color of your apps to match the wallpaper. This monochromatic style sets the image icons to grayscale and colors them all in the color you choose.

Hide and lock apps

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iOS 18 lets you lock apps with Face ID or Touch ID and hide them completely from the Home screen and searches for improved privacy.

Lock screen updates

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The lock screen gets minor updates with new widget options and customizable quick buttons so you can replace the flashlight and camera icons with other Control Center options.

iOS 18 wallpaper

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New wallpapers are available in pink, yellow, azure and purple, each with light and dark mode variations to match your device's design.

FAQ

How do I increase the size of app icons in iOS 18?

Long press the Home screen, tap Edit, then tap Customize, and select Large to turn off app names and make icons bigger.

Can I lock apps on iOS 18?

Yes, long press the app icon, tap “Require Face ID” and authenticate to lock the app.