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iEmpty: Custom Icon Layout on iPhone (No Jailbreak)

Rearranging the layout of your iPhone’s Home Screen is nothing Apple has planned to open to the public as a customization option. Instead, your app icons are kept in a tight grid and can only be organized by putting them into folders, changing their order or spreading them out over multiple pages of the Home Screen. But leaving gaps in between the grid is not possible unless you are using the Gridlock cydia tweak. What about non-jailbroken iPhones? Well, there is one trick that allows you to create blank app icons to rearrange your Home Screen any way you like. Without jailbreaking your device. Here’s a tutorial on how to accomplish creating a custom icon layout on iPhone with no jailbreak.

Custom icon layout on iPhone (no jailbreak needed!)

The following tutorial will explain how you can create your own icon layout on your iPhone’s Home Screen by applying a nifty little trick.

Create a Screenshot of your Home Screen

Press and hold one of the icons on your Home Screen until they all begin to wiggle around. Then swipe left until you arrive at the rightmost page of your Home Screen, which should be empty. Now take a screenshot by tapping the Home Button and the Sleep / Wake Button at the same time.

Generating the iEmpty icons

Go to the following web address in your Safari web browser:

Now tap Customize on the page and select Blank Icons, then Custom Mode. Now upload the screenshot you had taken a moment ago by tapping Select File and then selecting your Camera Roll as the upload source from the menu. Find the screenshot and select it for the upload, hit Upload Photo to confirm.

After the upload is done, you’ll see your Home Screen and the individual positions of your icons on it. You can tap any position to define a blank spot that will be kept free of icons later on. Next, tap the Share button in the menu bar and select Add to Home Screen and Add without changing any of the details.

Positioning iEmpty icons

The newly generated blank icon will be placed onto the first empty position on your Home Screen. You can again go into edit mode by pressing and holding one of the icons and reposition everything to match your taste, e.g. dragging apps to their final positions.

You can use this technique to e.g. create an empty first row or add a pattern to your Home Screen layout. Check out our example:

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