With the ability to add custom widgets to iOS 14, a huge uptick in iPhone theming has taken place with such setups going viral on social media. I recently linked up with Thientam Bach, aka Surenix, a well-known graphic designer behind such jailbreak themes as Ayecon and Ayeris. He recently uploaded a version of Ayeris to his website specifically with iOS 14 theming in mind.
In this hands-on video, I show you how to emulate the Ayeris theme on your iPhone with the help of the Shortcuts app. It’s not nearly as clean as a real iOS jailbreak theme, but if you’re looking for a way to further customize the look of your Home screen, it’s an option.
How to theme iOS 14 on iPhone using Shortcuts
Note: As mentioned, this tutorial utilizes the Shortcuts app, which acts as an intermediary between the themed icons that you create and the apps linked to those icons. Thus, when launching apps using these custom icons, the Shortcuts app appears on screen for a brief moment before forwarding the user to the desired app. This is definitely not the most ideal method for implementing themes, but it’s the method that’s the most straightforward and accessible without jailbreaking. There are other methods for adding themed icons to your iPhone that do not require the Shortcuts app to appear on screen, but even that is limited in some respects.
Step 1: Prepare your Home screen.
You can prepare the Home screen by enabling jiggle mode and tapping the page dots indicator above the dock. In the Edit Pages interface, disable all but one of the Home screen pages to remove most of the apps from the Home screen.
On the screen that remains, you can remove all of the apps to the App Library. Watch our hands-on video below for a quick method that showcases how to remove these apps with ease.
You should now have a blank canvas to work with, allowing you to add new app icons and widgets that complement your theme.