with IOS 18 updateThe iPhone gets new customization options for the home screen. This applies to iPad devices in the iPadOS 18 update. Here are all the home screen features in the iOS 18 update.

From iPhoneIslam.com, A person holds an iPhone with a black and pink home screen showing various app icons, including Music, Settings, Mail, and Messages. The screen displays a search bar and notifications badge on a single icon, highlighting the features of the iOS 18 update.

Rearrange icons and widgets

From iPhoneIslam.com, side-by-side screenshots of the phone's two main screens with different wallpapers highlight the iOS 18 update. The left screen shows a cityscape with app icons, while the right screen features a sunset over water with similar apps, showcasing some of the new features.

Now in the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update, you can finally place an application icon, folder, or widget anywhere on the home screen, and it will remain fixed in place, meaning there will be no automatic arrangement and filling of icons. You can place apps near the bottom for easy one-handed access, or frame them around a background to show faces or even a sunset.

Dark mode for icons, widgets, and more

From iPhoneIslam.com, two smartphone screens displaying various app icons and widgets for AAPL, NFLX and GOOG. The left screen features stock prices and applications with a light background, while the right screen displays a dark background, highlighting the features of the new iOS 18 update.

Whether dark mode is turned on automatically or manually, you can darken app icons, folders, and widgets on your home screen as well as your dock partner. You can also set Dark Mode to work with the Home screen even when Dark Mode is turned off system-wide.

Control background dimming in dark mode

From iPhoneIslam.com Both iPhone screens display the same set of apps and widgets on the home screen. The screen on the left has a light theme, while the screen on the right uses a dark theme. With iOS 18, enjoy new features that are a completely improved experience, enabling you to easily switch between the two modes to suit your personal preferences.

In previous versions of iOS and iPadOS, you could dim or undim wallpapers when dark mode was on. This option returns in the new “Customize” menu, which appears in a bar at the bottom of the screen. When Dark is selected, tap the sun icon in the corner to control the darkness of the background.

Simply put, this is a feature that allows you to control how bright or dim the wallpaper is when dark mode is activated.

Feature of coloring icons to fit the background

From iPhoneIslam.com, three phone screens display app icons, inventory data widgets, and customization options for icon size, theme (auto, dark, light, color), and background color gradients. With the iOS 18 update, the Home screen now includes exciting new features that elevate the user experience.

You'll have a new “Tinted” option in the new Customize menu on the Home screen in iOS 18 and iPadOS 18. When you choose this setting, the system will suggest a color for app icons, folders, and widgets that matches your current Home screen background.

Let's say you have a blue background, for example, the system will suggest a blue color or shade of blue for your icons and other elements. This will make your phone interface more harmonious and attractive.

But if you don't like the suggested color, you can adjust and modify it using the gradient bar.

Additionally, there is a color picker with which you can select exactly any color on your background to apply to your icons.

Hide the names of applications, folders and widgets

From iPhoneIslam.com, a screenshot of the iPhone home screen showing various icons and widgets with a customizable interface. The bottom section displays options to adjust icon size and appearance settings, and showcases the new features introduced in the iOS 18 update to improve the home screen experience.

In the Home Screen Personalization menu, there's a tool that lets you enlarge the size of app and folder icons on your Home screen. This is useful if you need larger icons. But this feature also has a nice side effect: it hides the names of apps, folders, and widgets.

In previous versions such as iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and earlier, it was possible to hide names, but in complex ways such as using jailbreak extensions or special Unicode characters. As for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, you will be able to hide names simply by activating the “Large” option in this tool.

So you will get a home screen with only large icons and no names, which gives a sleek and simple look.

You can see a full article about this feature and how it works

Change the size of the widget

Working with widgets has become easier in iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates, as you can now easily resize them. There is no longer a need to delete and add them again in a different size as before.

From iPhoneIslam.com, a smartphone screen showing various app icons and a stock widget showing stock performance with gains and losses for AAPL, NFLX and GOOG after the latest iOS 18 update. Time on phone is 09:41.

You can do this from the widget's quick actions menu or via its drag tool in the bottom corner, after long-pressing on the wallpaper until the apps jiggle.

From iPhoneIslam.com, An animated image of the iPhone home screen in edit mode, showing app icons with a sunset beach background. The icons jiggle slightly, and some display red minus signs indicating they can be removed. This new feature is part of the iOS 18 update, enhancing the home screen experience.

What's more interesting is that the quick actions option also allows you to turn the widget into an app icon, and you can use the quick actions of the app icon to turn it into a widget!

Lock and hide applications

From iPhoneIslam.com, three steps on how to hide an app on an iPhone running iOS 18. The process involves opening the app options from the Home screen, choosing Hide with Face ID, and confirming the action in a pop-up window. The "Termius" application is used as an example.

From the quick actions menu of an app icon on the home screen, by long pressing on the app, you can quickly lock the app to prevent others from accessing it. A window will appear asking you to use authentication of any type, such as “Face ID required,” “Touch ID required,” or “Password required” on any application you want to lock. Only some applications will be allowed to be hidden or locked only.

For example, apps like Files and Freeform can be locked but not hidden.

This means you can add an extra layer of security to your sensitive apps by locking them with your face, fingerprint, or password. In some apps, you can also hide it completely from the home screen for more privacy.

New animation effects in the application library

From iPhoneIslam.com, the updated smartphone displays highlight home screen features with a music player, video player and news widget. Featured apps include summaries of music, TV, and science news. The time shown is 9:41 AM, and shows the latest iOS 18 update improvements.

When you swipe to open the App Library on iOS 18, you'll notice a new transition effect. In iOS 17, the App Library fades to the last page on the Home screen, with a change in the transparency of apps, widgets, folders, and the dock. In iOS 18, the App Library pushes the last page on the Home screen off the screen and replaces it. Also, the dock bar is hidden and replaced by application groups.

These are small changes, but they make navigating the App Library smoother and more elegant. Also, the transparent background of the search bar allows you to see the content of the App Library better instead of hiding part of it.

The group of hidden applications in the Application Library

From iPhoneIslam.com The screen shows the iOS 18 home screen with two app folders: one labeled “Other” and containing six app icons including Amazon and Alexa, and the other labeled “Hidden” with the eye icon crossed out.

You'll also find the new Hidden group at the bottom of the App Library. It is a collection of applications that you lock using your face, fingerprint, or password. They are hidden from the home screen, search results in Spotlight, and other sites, but you can find them all in the locked “Hidden” folder in the App Library.

This increases your privacy and data security, as no one else can see those sensitive apps unless the hidden folder is opened by your face, fingerprint or password.

Changes to the widget

There are a few new and updated widgets for your home screen. New includes:

◉ Widget for electricity usage and electricity prices.

◉ Health widgets for daily vitals, weekly vitals, and cycle tracking.

◉ Journal widget.

From iPhoneIslam.com, the image shows three main iPhone colors with widgets: the first for the Journal app, the second for Cycle Tracking in the Health app, and the third for electricity price monitoring, all enhanced with the iOS 18 update.

Changes include, but are not limited to, the following:

From iPhoneIslam.com, a tri-panel of the Calendar app interface that displays three views: Up Next, Network Forecast, and List, displaying various events, clean energy forecasts for Cupertino, and features from iOS 18. Each view contains an Add " " widget at the bottom to customize your home screen.

◉ Calendar widgets use calendar icons instead of lines to differentiate between different calendars.

◉ Calendar widgets also highlight events with a color instead of having a colored line next to it.

◉ Calendar widgets now include scheduled tasks in reminders.

◉ Grid Forecast main widgets have a new lightning bolt icon on the green bar.

◉ Map widgets display a larger area of ​​the map.

That's all we know about the changes to the home screen. What feature did you like the most? Did you wish to add other features? Tell us in the comments.


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