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How to Create Round Folders on iPhone

The iPhone and iOS are notoriously hard to customize. While mobile operating systems such as Android by Alphabet Inc. allow for a huge range of options and allow you to effectively swap out large parts of the visual side of things, iOS opts for a walled garden approach that enforces best practices according to what Apple thinks they are. This works pretty well and keeps users from messing up the aesthetic aspects of their iPhone to the point where they are no longer happy with it. After all, that is what user interface designers are for: Designing an interface that works for most people. But some of the details should be adjustable, at least we think so. Using a Jailbreak is one method, but that won’t work on the latest versions of iOS. Hence today’s tutorial about how to create round folders on iPhone or how to make your folders look as if their icons are round.

Prerequisites: To follow along with this guide, you will require at least iOS 9.3 or iOS 9.3.1 and above, as the trick we will employ apparently only works on the most recent versions of iOS. If you happen to use this trick successfully with another firmware, please let us know in the comments section below this article.

Creating round folders

To turn your square or squircle folder icons in iOS into something resembling a circle, you will need a tiny 3 by 3 pixel graphic. If you don’t have one handy right now, don’t worry. No need to create it yourself. You can just download one off this handy webpage:

Press and hold one of the images and tap Save Image to place it in your Photos app.

Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper

Go to your Settings app and select Wallpaper, then tap Choose a New Wallpaper to pick the previously downloaded image from the Camera Roll section of your Photos app. Tap Set and select Set Home Screen to apply the image to your Home Screen only.

That’s it! If you now visit your iPhone’s Home Screen, some of your folders should appear rounded. Unfortunately, this trick is not one hundred percent reliable. The results depend on what kind of 3×3 pixel image you use and what is in the folders, or rather how many icons are residing in a folder.

During our testing, we found out that some folders remained in their old shape while others were affected by what seems to be a bug. We’re unsure what exactly makes this trick work, but it is definitely a fun little thing to try on your iPhone. Enjoy!