How to quickly reset your iPhone Home Screen icons and widgets to the default layout

If you have ever wanted to reset the Home Screen’s app icon layout to factory settings, then you might be happy to hear that there’s an easier way than moving the app icons all back to where they were one by one. In this tutorial, we show you how you can reset the Home Screen app icon layout automatically in just a few seconds.

Two iPhones on a light background with first iPhone showing personalized Home Screen and the second iPhone showing reset Home Screen layout

Reset iPhone Home Screen app icon layout

Sometimes you get bored with the Home Screen configurations you make, and you decide to start all over. It’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with wanting a fresh slate to start all over again without erasing your iPhone.

Here’s how to easily reset your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad Home Screen layout:

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap General.
  2. From the bottom, tap Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Home Screen Layout.
  3. When prompted by a pop-up message, confirm the Home Screen reset by tapping on the red Reset Home Screen button.
Reset Home Screen Layout iPhone

And boom. Just like that, your Home Screen’s app icons will now be completely reset to factory configuration. Any third-party apps you have installed will be placed on page 2 or later in alphabetical order. Note: You might see one or more third-party apps on the first Home Screen if there is some space due to Apple News being unavailable in your region or if you have deleted some built-in Apple apps.

Doing so also removes the widgets you have added. For example, I had the batteries widget on my Home Screen, and it was gone. The same happens with widgets in the Today View. So, after resetting the Home Screen layout, you will have to add the desired widgets once again.

Now you know that it’s super easy to reset the Home Screen app icon layout to the factory defaults. I see too many people struggling to move them all back themselves on a day-to-day basis. I just hope more and more people can learn about this super simple tip that makes magic happen with just a few taps.

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