Customization

How to get the new iOS 14.2 emojis on your jailbroken device

The last few iOS point releases had been all quiet on the emoji front, but iOS and iPadOS 14.2 brought over 100 novelties to users, including such ragers as "Pinched Fingers" (that emphatic gesture which often accompanies a hackneyed impression of an Italian), "Bubble Tea", "Ninja", and "Tamale" (at last!). Whilst stock users will have to update to iOS 14.2 to make use of these little beauties, jailbroken users don't have to, thanks to developer Poomsmart.

Choosing between losing your jailbreak by updating to iOS 14.2, or being unable to spam your friends with the Dodo emoji, is thankfully not necessary. We'll show you how to get the best of both worlds.

macOS Big Sur: How to customize the Dock and menu bar

Dock and Menu Bar in System Preferences

If you’ve installed macOS Big Sur, then you’re probably still getting used to the new look and improved features. But with that, you still need to make your Mac work the best it can for you. Which means, arranging your Dock and menu bar effectively.

Neither of these have significant changes, and most you can figure out on your own. But there are a few new things you should know. So here, we’ll show you how to customize the Dock and menu bar on Mac running Big Sur or later.

How to create custom Apple Watch faces to match your style

Purple neon Apple Watch face

There have been tools available for creating custom Apple Watch faces since before the release of watchOS 7. However, with this release comes the ability to share faces. And when coupled with the new customizations available for iPhone with iOS 14, custom Watch faces make sense more now than ever.

You can get the exact appearance with the functions you want on your Apple Watch face. Make it match your iOS 14 Home Screen or maybe look the complete opposite for something different. Then share your face with family and friends who like the same thing.

Here’s how to create a custom Apple Watch face and a few apps you can use to do it.

6 tips to customize your iPhone Home Screen for a unique look

iPhone Home Screen Customization Tips - BlueKiyoshi Screen

So far it seems that iPhone users are really enjoying the new options they have for their Home Screens. If you’re one of those people and are still seeking ways to make your screen fit your personality and taste, then you’ve come to the right place!

With tips from iDB, you can take your Home Screen to the next level. Whether you love animals, games, or characters, and want to change widgets, icons, or wallpaper, here are great ways to customize your iPhone Home Screen.

How to customize your Safari Start Page on Mac

Customize your Safari Start Page on Mac

One of the most interesting features with macOS Big Sur is the improvements to Safari. With a redesigned tab toolbar, new translation feature, and a privacy report for website trackers, you’ll enjoy these great enhancements. Another improvement to Safari, that was released ahead of Big Sur, is the ability to customize your Safari Start Page.

If you’ve switched away from the Start Page for new tabs and windows, the customization options may just have you switching back. Let’s take a look at the options and go through how to customize your Safari Start Page on Mac.

The best iOS 14 Home Screens ideas for inspiration

iPhone Home Screen inspiration

You can add widgets and create personalized widgets or download icon packs and create custom app icons, or a mix of both; all to make your iOS 14 Home Screen fit your taste or style. But what if you’re not sure where to start? Like with many things, getting ideas from someone or somewhere is just the ticket to inspiring yourself!

Many, many people are sharing their newly customized iPhone Home Screens on social media. So to help give you some ideas for your own iOS 14 Home Screen, check out these awesome screens for inspiration.

Where to find the best iPhone icon packs for your Home Screen

Customized iPhone Home Screens with Icon Packs

While iOS 14 came with some terrific new features, Home Screen customization seems to have taken off as one of the most talked about. You have Home Screen widgets that can be personalized, come in different sizes, for third-party apps, and can be put most anywhere.

Along with that and even though not new, creating custom app icons with Shortcuts has become more desirable. So if changing the app icons you see on your Home Screen is something that interests you, how about making sure you have the icons you want? Sure, you can use a photo of your pet or picture of your pal, but if you want to go with a theme, an iPhone icon pack is a terrific option.

Here are some awesome spots to find iPhone icon packs.

How to personalize your iPhone Home Screen with custom app icons

Custom iPhone home screens icons

With the release of iOS 14, Apple gave its users more flexibility with their Home Screens. We’ve been telling you all about Home Screen widgets; how to find and add widgets, create custom widgets, and the best apps that offer widgets. So if you’ve gotten a taste of how wonderful Home Screen customization can be and want a bit more, you’ve got it!

Not a new option, but certainly one worth mentioning is creating custom app icons for your Home Screen. Maybe you’re not fond of the icons for specific apps or perhaps you simply want to use images of your own. With the Shortcuts app and the images you want to use, here’s how to personalize your iPhone Home Screen with custom app icons.

How to customize Apple Maps on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Maps on MacBook Table

The Apple Maps app is extremely easy to use. You can get directions in a snap, find details about locations you want to visit, and save your favorite spots. So you might not even think about taking a few minutes to customize your experience, but you should.

You can change distance units per your location, see the weather conditions for where you’re traveling, and view a different angle of your map. For the Maps app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, here’s how to customize it to suit your preferences.

How to personalize lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols

Emojis in Reminders Lists iPad

With iOS 13, Apple made many improvements to Reminders including the ability to personalize lists. This allowed users to add colored icons to make lists easier to spot and organize. So with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and even macOS Big Sur, Apple made another improvement to the appearance options for Reminders.

No longer are you limited to the 60 or so icons provided for your lists. You can select from additional symbols as well as any emoji on your keyboard. Here are your latest options for personalizing lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols on iOS and Mac.

How to customize the Apple News app on your Mac

News App on Mac iDB Channel

If the News app on your Mac has grown on you and you now use it to check out top headlines and your favorite channels each day, then why not make it exactly how you want it?

With a few tweaks, you can make stories easier to read, receive only the notifications you want, view just the channels you like, and get more (or fewer) suggestions related to stories.

Here’s how to customize the Apple News app on your Mac.

How to customize the presenter display in Keynote

Customize Presenter Display In Keynote Mac

Do you present a lot of slideshows using Keynote or at least enough that you’d like to make things a bit easier? One way to do this is by taking advantage of the presenter notes feature, but another is customizing the presenter display.

When you show a presentation in Keynote, you can configure the screen you see as the presenter. Whether for comfort or easy access to items, setting up that view for what works best for you can lead to a successful presentation.

So if you’re ready to improve your next slideshow, here’s how to customize the presenter display in Keynote on Mac as well as iPhone and iPad.