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I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to join the rest of my colleagues in sharing my iPhone Home screen. I love looking at others’ setups, and getting inspiration from their apps and wallpapers, so I’m happy to post mine in the same vein.

I’ll start off by saying that my Home screen changes fairly frequently. I’m always installing beta versions of iOS, jailbreaking, and doing other things to my iPhone that prompt complete restores, so I don’t get to enjoy any particular setup for very long. And that’s ok with me, as I like rebuilding my Home screen—it’s like rearranging furniture in a room to find a more optimal layout. It’s sort of cathartic.

My current setup I’ve had for a little over a month now. Knowing that the first iOS 10 beta was coming, I decided to get rid of my jailbreak and update to iOS 9.3.2. Not being jailbroken definitely affects how my Home screen looks—I use tweaks like Springtomize to customize the status bar, remove icon labels and make other small, but noticeable changes—but I don’t regret moving on to iOS 10. It’s been a joy to use thus far.

Wallpaper

The first thing I notice on any Home screen is the wallpaper. The background image on a smartphone can drastically change how the device looks, so I consider picking the right one to be very important. If the photo is too bright, it’s harder to read the icons, and if it’s too busy, your whole Home screen just looks like a mess.

For this reason, I tend to always pick minimal wallpapers. I like solid or gradient colors, subtle patterns, and sometimes landscape photos—so long as the dominant lines don’t cross through app icons. Notice on the background I have now, the mountain silhouette falls just below the bottom row of icons. Unfortunately, I can’t for the life of me remember where I got this image from.

Dock

The next thing I look at in a Home screen setup is the Dock. This of course is the row of 4 icons that sits at the bottom of the display, and typically features the most frequently used apps. I think the Dock has become even more important in recent years, with upper-row icons becoming tougher to reach on larger iPhones.

Currently, in my Dock I have Tweetbot, the stock Messages app and Safari. These are of course my three most-used apps, and they shouldn’t need much explanation. In my fourth icon slot, I have a folder named Start. I’ve never had a folder in my Dock until recently, and I have to say I’m liking it. It kind of reminds me of the Start menu in Windows. In it I keep apps like Phone, Apple Watch, Remote and Activity—apps that I use daily, but not as frequently as others. I routinely change which apps are in here.

Layout

As you can see in the above screenshot, I only have one Home screen page. It’s not like this 100% of the time, but for me, fitting all of my apps on a single screen is like having a tidy house. It looks clean and organized, and everything has its place.

I use a lot of apps though, so to achieve this look, I have to keep 4 folders: Extras, Social, Entertainment and Utilities. Extras are stock apps that I don’t necessarily want to hide (in iOS 10), Social is pretty self-explanatory, the Entertainment folder is for games and streaming apps, and Utilities are apps like 1Password and Screens.

Now this system is far from perfect. I still find myself having to do too many taps to get to the right app at times, so I’ll change out its position, or I’ll have to perform a Spotlight search to find an app because I don’t remember where I put it. But for the most part I’m happy with it, and in the aggregate it really works for me.

Apps

I don’t use any unique or unorthodox apps, but here is a quick rundown of the ones I keep on my Home screen and why.

Calendar – honestly, the only reason this is on my Home screen is because it shows the date.

Photos – I’m constantly taking screenshots of apps, tweets and other things, so I need quick access to my Camera Roll.

iTunes Store – I’m a huge movie fan, so I frequently check the iTunes Store for new releases and of course, deals and promotions.

App Store – this shouldn’t need much of an explanation.

News – I’ve been using this app recently to catch up on current events. This is typically the first app I open when I wake up in the morning.

Settings – I keep this app on the Home screen for quick access to Bluetooth devices and other pertinent settings.

PayPal – this is the primary way I exchange money with my friends and family.

Notes – for quickly jotting down information I’ll need to remember at some point, brainstorming ideas, and writing posts.

Music – I love Apple Music and use it daily during workouts and in the car.

Overcast – my favorite podcasting app.

narwhal – the best Reddit client for iOS I’ve used thus far.

Spark – my favorite email client right now for iPhone.

Clear – a simple, gesture-based to-do and reminders app I use across iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Slack – of course we use this for iDB team communications.

Medium – I’ve been wanting to read more and expand my horizons, and it seems like the content on Medium keeps getting better and better.

Instapaper – I like the UI a little better than Pocket, and as with Medium, I’m hoping putting the icon of this read-it-later app on my Home screen will encourage me to read more.

That about wraps it up. If you’d like to check out the Home screens of the other iDB team members, you can find them here. And as always, feel free to chime in below with any questions, comments, or screenshots of your own setup.

  • George Abatzidis

    this is my home screen!

    • jgr627
    • Agneev Mukherjee

      The Notification bar is just splendid

    • Melvco

      very cool and unique!

  • Noohar

    this is my home screen!

    • Joseph Apodaca

      Oooo I like your wallpaper. Can I have it

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Hey, we want your wallpaper

      • Noohar

        Sure…

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Appreciate the photo, thanks. 🙂 🙂

  • gXn

    This is mine 😉

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Google’s not welcome here, so you must be in the wrong place.

      • gXn

        This is Iphone

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Are you kiddin’me?

      • gXn

        No

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        WTF? How can it be?

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Post screenshots to show that this is an iOS device.

      • gXn

        If you have some research skills, you can find it out on your own.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Even Tim Cook won’t be able to tell them apart.

      • rockdude094

        Oh shut up! everyone is welcome here

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        You’re gonna make me, dick?

  • omegadoc

    My home screen…developed over a long period of time

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Stocks? Seriously?

      • omegadoc

        Perhaps if and when you begin investing, you will understand the need to follow the markets.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        I guess so…

    • Jake Platt

      That’s a decent theme, what is it?

      • omegadoc

        The main theme is called Marabou. This is the dark version called Lounge, which is included. I extensively modified it for any icons that were not themed on my home screen.

    • Indie

      whats the theme called?.

      • omegadoc

        Marabou and Lounge.

  • Wild2nite

    Hey Cody can you share your wallpaper please

    • throttle clutch e brake

      That’s what I’m saying 🙂

  • Vic O

    This is my Home Screen

    • Mukund Bhatla

      Them page dots though

      • Vic O.

        Lol. I like every category to its own page. Not a big fan of squeezing all into one square

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Me too.

      • TJ

        Nice!!!

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    My home screen

  • TornBodies

    i always only keep 2 pages max

    • throttle clutch e brake

      Wallpaper ?

  • Satyam Panchal

    I was search for best mail app and here it is . Thanks Cody lee

  • Satyam Panchal

    My 🙂

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      iPhone 5/5c/5s/SE?

      • Satyam Panchal

        5c

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    The party’s almost over, but here’s my Home Screen layout, it’s pretty gross, isn’t it?

    • Noohar

      Nasty man!

    • Thiago

      Yes, yes it is.

    • Bill

      Facebook/Messenger/News/InAccuWeather/iBooks? Really?

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        What’s the problem with that?

      • Bill

        “Agneev Mukherjee omegadoc • a day ago

        Stocks? Seriously?”

  • tariq

    My homescreen!(:

  • siddique

    Wallpaper link plz

  • Rares

    Ugh, iOS 10…

  • rockdude094

    My home screen guys check it out

    • Sleetui

      That’s gorgeous 😀

    • Rares

      That looks so gorgeous and refreshing, I hope it s an iphone 5 on ios 6 and not a theme.

    • James G

      I don’t know how you hang on so long…at this point, you’re using a 4 year old OS. Aren’t apps no longer supporting it? Don’t you get annoyed without having everything they’ve added to iOS since then?

      • rockdude094

        My phone is jailbroken so I add features whenever I please. On top of that there isnt much that changed in the newer os’s and all I use the phone for is text, calling and email. I have a 5s as my main phone and It too is jailbroken on 8.4

      • 919263

        I actually Like the old icons… were more colorful and what I dont understand is that with the GPU being so powerful, why do we have a “Flat” look of the icons…?

      • James G

        Just trends in style is all. With iOS 10 it’s clear Apple is adding more texture back to the OS.

  • Thiago

    Cody, I want that wallpaper NOW.

  • Thiago

    Found it guys:

    • Wild2nite

      Appreciated

    • throttle clutch e brake

      Word!

  • nova voter

    mine

    • Melvco

      Love this center column layout. Is this iconoclasm? I used to do a similar effect but 4 x 4 centered.

      • nova voter

        it’s just springtomize set to 3 columns and 8 rows, and Anchor to leave the top and bottom rows empty.

  • 919263

    Mine

    • Bill

      You’ve got mail.

      • Peter

        Hahahaha…..luv it

    • Sailor_V90

      I loved having that clock on my home screen when I had my HTC Evo…what jailbreak tweak is that?

      • 919263

        HTC Animated Weather for iphone. It is a widget.. love it..

      • Sailor_V90

        Thank You! I made note of it. Now I just have to wait until a jailbreak is available.

  • Juanra

    Mine

    • Melvco

      love the wallpaper!

    • Bill

      What’s up with the notification for phone? Never seen just a red dot with no number.

      • Juanra

        Its just the voice mail notification.

      • Bill

        Right on. I didn’t remember that, thanks.

    • DavideLombardo

      Wallpaper link pleasE?

      • Juanra

        Here

      • DavideLombardo

        Thanks 🙂

  • Y2J

    Your organization makes me uncomfortable

    • Lee

      Lol! Me too…

  • Peter

    OMG….

  • Peter

    This is my homescreen, how bad can it be, this bad….

  • UPDATE: Order of Images is messed, but I hope one can tell which one’s which.

    I’m going crazy and posting 3 pages of my home screen, every page’s quite interesting and has its own reason of existence.

    Dock:
    Rules: A Music App, a Browser, a Messenger & Phone App.

    Home Page:
    Rule #1 : No Folders.
    Rule #2 : No Ugly Icons 😉
    Rule #3 : This one’s obvious, most used Apps only.
    Rule #4 : Bottom -> Up organisation acc. to most to least used apps.

    Page 2:
    Rule #1 = Folders are allowed. Yay. But only if there’re enough apps that fill at least a page of the folder.
    Rule #2 = Rule #4 of Home Page.

    Page 3:
    Social Apps and some more tiny folders on top.

    Page 4 (Yeah there’s a 4th Page):
    Newly Downloaded Apps, yet to be organised into folders.

    I don’t really like Folders!
    One of the reason I don’t put an App in a folder is coz, once it goes in the folder it’s almost never going to run. So, when I download a new game I keep it outside until I finish it. Similarly, when I feel I should use some app more often I keep it on home page or if I think I should stop playing “The Addicting Game” it goes inside the Black Hole, ummm I mean the folder, same thing 😀

    Hope this was interesting, I wanted to post this even before iDB started “What’s on your Home Screen”. I really love these articles iDB. It’s always interesting to know how people setup their home screens.

    Thanks for reading.

    • RV

      Thank God I’m not the only who doesn’t like ugly icons and folders! (though I use folders for stock apps which should be deleted on my iPhone and also another folder for References apps)

      • I actually do use Folders extensively. I need to, coz I have one more rule, I don’t delete anything, I have like 8 TB HDDs and I still keep needing more coz I don’t delete anything ever. So, once an App’s on my device, unless I have to restore, it stays there forever. I have over 330 Apps in iPad and 192 on iPhone (coz don’t play games on iPhone). Also, I don’t like keeping more than 4 Pages in home screen. So, folders are very useful 🙂

  • RK

    My homescreen…

    • Noohar

      “AppOfTheDay” App is pulled from App Store. Can’t find it.

      • RK

        Yes it’s pulled from AppStore. I have a local copy downloaded using my Apple ID on my MacBook.

  • weztimonial

    Here’s mine!

  • leart

    mine

  • TJ

    Guess all my screen shots are larger than 2mb… Because we’re still in 2002

  • James G

    Love the idea of a Start folder on the dock. I may give this a shot for those apps I keep on Page 2 in a folder but use regularly!

  • Jonathan Amaral

    As requested

  • Jay Dee

    Mine.

  • This is mine

    • Noohar

      You clearly like CSR Racing lol…both & on 1st screen…

  • mindweaver

    Somewhat late to the party. But here’s my home screen and second screen. I totally agree with Aditya Rajveer’s rules! No ugly icons on first, only the most used. Second screen with filled folders (some exceptions)

    🙂

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Mine homescreen!

  • “As you can see in the above screenshot, I only have one Home screen page.”

    Then why are there two page dots? 😛 is the first page a blank page?

  • Billy Gerrardus

    My homescreen!

  • Andrew Ross
  • PastorMichael

    pretty simple. No folder on the front screen.