Customize Your iPhone 5's Home Screen Layout With Blank App Icons (Without Any Jailbreak)

23 January 2013, 9:52 pm EST By Sumit Passary email: Mobile & Apps

The struggle to jailbreak iOS 6 continues and many developers have started focusing on developing tweaks that allows device customization without a jailbreak. If you own an iPhone 5 and want to customize the grid layout on the home screen of your smartphone, you can now do it without a jailbreak.

A small tweak will allow you to create blank or transparent icons will give an illusion that there are spaces in-between the apps on the home screen of your iPhone 5. The customization is a very effective way of re-arranging your home screen and giving it the look you want. The tweak is similar to the jailbreak tweak called Gridlock.

Here is how to tweak your iPhone 5 with an online tool called iEmpty:

Step 1: Download Picup for free from the Apple App Store.

Step 2: Put your icons in "wiggle mode" and swipe to the last blank home screen on your iPhone 5. Press both the home and lock button at the same time to take a screenshot of the blank home screen of your iPhone 5.

Step 3: Next, click on this link from within Safari on your device. Remember you must use Safari in order for the tweak to work. Tap on the "Create Blank Icons Now" button to start the process.

Step 4: Tap on the green "Upload Photo" button, then tap on "Open" to launch Picup on your device. Next, tap on "Photo Library" at the bottom of the screen and select the screenshot taken in step two from your iPhone's camera. Once the screenshot has been selected, tap on "Upload Files."

Step 5: Your upload will process and you will be redirected to the iEmpty Web site. On the Confirm screen, scroll down to the bottom and tap on the green "Let's GO!" button.

Step 6: Now the screenshot will pull up on the next page with a grid layout that specifies different icon locations corresponding to your home screen's background. Now, select an icon location by tapping on it.

Step 7: On the next screen, tap on the "Share" button in the center of Safari's bottom menu bar, then tap on "Add to Home Screen." Finally, tap on the "Add" button in the top right corner of the screen.

Now you can move the blank icon to the position you have selected in Step 6 to create the semi-transparent space. The tweak works very effectively on a black or dark background. However, iOS creates a shadow effect if used on a light background, though the shadow is quite unnoticeable.

You can repeat the entire process to create several blank icons at different grid positions on your iPhone 5. The tweak may not be the best way to customize the arrangement of your home screen, but it's the only way to do so without a jailbreak.

Check out the video below to see the tweak in action.

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