Complete Guide on How to Make Your iPad Aesthetic

Complete Guide on How to Make Your iPad Aesthetic

The all-new widgets, which give your iPhone a personalized touch, have rapidly become the most popular feature. Custom iPad aesthetics, on the other hand, have grown in popularity. Making your app icons connect everything together is also a key part of the process. 

This post will show you how to make your iPad aesthetic using the Shortcuts app. Let's get started!

How to Make Your iPad Aesthetic?

Choosing a style for your iPad's home screen can give it a truly unique look. You can either find the icons/images you wish to use yourself or purchase an icon set that has the aesthetic you want. We'll go through some of the options below, as well as the entire process of creating custom app icons with the Shortcuts app.

  • Step 1: Search for the app icon(s) you want or buy an icon set   

  • Step 2: Open Shortcuts app

  • Step 3:  Select the app you want to customize 

  • Step 4: Rename the app

  • Step 5: Choose the icon/image you want to use 

  • Step 6: Move the app to wherever you want 

  • Step 7: Repeat the process for other apps

Step 1: Search for the App Icon(s) You Want or Buy an Icon Set


The first method is to conduct a web search for the app icon(s) you desire, such as "clock icons" or "clock icons attractive." I've used the free icons from Icons8 in the example below. On the iPhone, long-press an image to bring up the “Add to Photos” menu. 

The faster method is to buy an icon set and save them all to your iPad's Photos or Files app to establish your iPadOS style. You'll find some of the best icon sets available right now on Etsy  and Pinterest, with many of them ranging from $5 to $30.

Step 2: Open Shortcuts App


Now that you have your new icons/images, open the Shortcuts app (available for free from Apple if you don't already have it).

Hit the "+" icon in the top right corner — Select “Add Action” — Type and tap “Open App” — and then select “Choose” highlighted in blue.

Step 3:  Select the App You Want to Customize


Now select the app for which you want to make a custom icon.

After selecting an app, tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner, then choose “Shortcut Name” and create a name, then tap “Add to Home Screen.”

Step 4: Rename the App


Return to “Shortcut Name” and type whatever you want (it might be the same as the original app or your own unique name).

Tap the button to the left of the name you just typed, then “Choose Photo” (or “Choose File” if you downloaded an icon to your iPad).

Step 5: Choose the Icon/Image You Want to Use


Now locate and tap the icon or image you want to use.

You can center it in the frame or zoom in by pinching and dragging — press “Add” in the top right corner — then tap “Done” to finish. 

Step 6: Move to App to Wherever You Want


Now go to your home screen or last app page and look for the new app shortcut with your own icon. 

Jiggle mode allows you to move the app around by pressing and holding it.

Step 7: Repeat the Process for other Apps


To return to the main screen, return to the “Shortcuts” app and tap “Done” two times.

Repeat the process for all the applications you want – you can also alter the icon or name of those you've already done by tapping the three-dot icon.


1. Why are widgets not available on the iPad Home Screen?

Unfortunately, the iPadOS does not currently support widgets within apps, nor does it have an app library. The only option to see widgets at a glance is to retain the today view on your Home Screen as you are — at the very least, the widgets will appear on the top page of your Home Screen. I hope this information is useful!

2. How to add widgets on the home screen of your iPad?

  • Touch and hold a space on your Home Screen, then press the Add button in the upper-left corner when it appears.

  • Choose a widget from the left-hand menu.

  • Swipe left or right on the widget to select a size, then hit Add Widget.

3. Where can I find iPad widgets?

  • Touch and hold the Home Screen background until the apps jiggle.

  • Then go to the Home Screen page where you wish to install the widget.

  • To access the widget gallery, click the widget gallery icon at the top.

  • To find the widget you want, scroll or search for it, press it, and then swipe left and right to see the size options.

4. How to personalize my iPad?

  • Add personal information such as your name, email address, birthday, and photo.

  • Enable Dark Mode. 

  • Add widgets to Today View. 

  • Make a wallpaper with a photo.

  • Change the font style.

  • Increase or decrease the size of the text.

  • Edit App icons on the Home Screen.


Something to bear in mind when creating an iOS 14 aesthetic with the Shortcuts app/custom icons: when you tap them to launch an app. Your iPad will momentarily display the Shortcuts app before opening the app associated with it (this is no longer the case in iOS 14.3!). It’s a little clumsy, but it’s the price we have to pay for the time being for custom iOS 14 styles.

If you have any new information or suggestions, please share them with us in the comments section below. Thank you!

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