iOS 16 had a lot of changes compared to the previous iterations. For the first time with iOS 16, Apple allowed users to have multiple Lock as well as Home Screen setups. Additionally, iOS 16 also introduced Lock Screen widgets that enabled users to get important information without unlocking their iPhones.
Setting up multiple Home Screens is a breeze on iOS 16. However, do note that Home Screen is paired with a Lock Screen and you can only switch them in pairs and that’s where it gets confusing for some. Of course, if you only wish to have multiple Home Screens, you can set the same wallpaper as the Lock Screen for all the different pairs.
Setup Multiple Home Screens from the Lock Screen
On iOS 16, you can set multiple Home Screens for your device right from the Lock Screen of your device.
First, tap and hold on to the Lock Screen to continue.
Next, navigate to the lock screen for which you want to change the home screen by swiping left or right. Then, tap on the ‘Customize’ button at the bottom of the screen to continue.
In case you do not have multiple Lock Screens, simply swipe right to left and tap on the ‘+’ tile to create one.
Then, either tap on an existing wallpaper tile or use the options available at the top of the window to select a Lock Screen. You can refer to our separate guide on customizing the Lock Screen in iOS 16 here.
Once selected, tap on the ‘Add’ button from the top right corner. This will bring an overlay window to your screen.
After that, tap on the ‘Customise Home Screen’ button to continue.
Finally, use the options at the bottom of the screen to change the wallpaper. Tap on the ‘Color’ option to set a static color as a background, and tap on the ‘Gradient’ option to set a color gradient of your choice. You can also choose the ‘Photos’ option to set a photo from the device gallery as your Home Screen. Otherwise, tap on the ‘Blur’ option to blur the current background. Once done, tap on the ‘Done’ option to save the changes.
You can create as many Home Screens as you wish using the method mentioned above. Moreover, you can also have different Home Screens but the same wallpaper for all Lock Screens if you wish to have multiple Home Screens but not Lock Screens.
Setup Multiple Home Screens from the Settings App
Changing the wallpaper from the Settings app has been the only method before iOS 16. Though this method involves you hopping through a couple of menus, it is more convenient for some, given the familiarity factor, and is equally simple as the previous one.
First, open the Settings app, either from the Home Screen or the App Library of your device.
Then, tap on the ‘Wallpaper’ option from the list to continue.
Swipe left or right to choose the wallpaper pair you want to customize. Then, tap on the ‘Customize’ button present under the ‘Home Screen’ tile to proceed. This will bring an overlay window to your screen. If you only have one wallpaper, you can tap the ‘Add New Wallpaper’ option to set a new pair.
Finally, change the Home Screen wallpaper as per your desire using the options present at the bottom of the screen as showcased in the previous section of this guide.
Having different and multiple Home Screen not only enhances personalization on your iPhone but also allows better readability of the screen in different environments and lighting conditions. Hence, having one ready when the need arises makes complete sense. And using the methods mentioned in this guide, you can easily create different and multiple Home Screens on your iOS 16 device without hassle.