What’s On My Phone (iOS 14 Edition!) + How to Have an Aesthetic Homescreen

Hey daydreamers! Look at me getting this post done on Friday! *pats self on the back* (Update: I didn’t finish until Sunday, but oh well. XD) Low-bar accomplishments aside, today I’m doing a What’s On My Phone post! I did a similar post a few months back, but I’ve *completely* reorganized my phone since then and made it so much more aesthetic and functional! The new iOS 14 update recently came out, too, and in this post I’ll also be showing y’all how I made my homescreen both fun to look at and accessible using the Widgetsmith app. Let’s right to it!

This is my phone/phone case! I have a rose gold iPhone 8 (I used to have my grandma’s old 6, but when it stopped working with my DexCom I was able to get a newer one!) with a clear case and matching pop socket. I do have a crack on the back, which really annoys me, so I might get a solid case to cover that up. My pop socket is also scraping, too, lol.

When you open my phone, this is what it looks like! I found this super cute Christian collage wallpaper on Pinterest that I just downloaded right before this post. I’m minority obsessed with it and I think it’s super cute!

Tip #1: Choose a fun, busy wallpaper for your lock screen, but stick to a simple one for your home screen so it doesn’t look as cluttered. You can also chose a theme or color-coordinate with your widgets (I’ll show you how to do that in a bit).

When you swipe to the right, I just have the little section thingy that has widgets in it – mine are weather, calendar, music (don’t judge, I was randomly listening to High School Musical the other day XD), my blood sugar app (btw, 300 is wayyyy higher than it should be, but don’t worry lol), the Bible app, and WordPress stats.

And this is my home screen! It took me like 20 minutes to arrange every thing in color folders and make all the shortcuts and widgets, so I’m very proud of it. XD I also found a pretty, yet simple wallpaper from Pinterest that matches the color of my shortcuts!

At the top, I added a super pretty calendar Widget from Widgetsmith. (To make it, first make sure you have the Widgetsmith app downloaded. Go to “Add Small Widget” —> “Calendar Widget” —> “Day & Date” —> “New York” font —> “Tint Color” gray —> “Background Color” in your color of choice, I chose Pale Pink –> add it to homescreen in top left corner!)

Then, I added shortcuts to four apps for easy access: Pinterest, my dance company forum thing, my blog, and the Bible app! I made each one pink, except the Bible app since I like the cover, to match the widget.

Tip #2: Create a calendar widget or other small widget in Widgetsmith using NY Font for an elegant look. You can even make color-coordinating shortcuts for your favorite apps at the top for easy access!

Then, in the middle, my favorite part: the app rainbow! My mom, sister, and I recently watched The Home Edit show on Netflix, which is basically these funny “sassy” ladies who organize people’s kitchens and closets and things. (We call it the “sassy organization show” XD) In their book, they love a good ROYGBIV system (so do I!) and recommended using it to categorize your phone. I was pretty skeptical at first since I liked my “shelf” method, but I gave it a try and I’m super glad I did!

Not only is it super satisfying to look at, it’s really functional, too. Everything is arranged in order of frequency of use, and it’s super easy to find things! I also added some fun emojis to name the folder.

Tip #3: Arrange all of your remaining apps by color by separating them into folders based on app icon color! Add fun emojis and be creative! Arrange each folder by frequency of use.

These are all the apps I have! I pretty much don’t use half of them XD Like I said, they’re arranged by color in folders in most-to-least used order.

At the bottom, I have my three most important/used apps: DexCom G6 (an app that connects to my sensor that tells me my blood sugar – super important and the only reason why I have a phone!!!), iMessage, Safari, and Camera.

Tip #4: Store your MOST used and important apps in the little folder space at the bottom. This is prime real estate here. XD

The next page is purely for decorative purposes, but it makes me happy to look at 😂 I basically made three large widgets on Widgetsmith and added some encouraging Bible verses and messages.

(In case you were wondering, I’m trying to memorize Phillipians 4:6-7 and it says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”)

If you swipe all the way to the right, I have the app library feature that comes with the iOS 14 update that I really like! It makes it easy to search for apps and organizes them super nicely automatically.

Tip #5: If you’d rather focus on looks versus function on your home screen, go for it! You can use the app library feature to easily find the app you need.

how to add a widget to your home screen

Okay, that’s it for the What’s On My Phone + Tips part! Next, I’m going to be doing a suuuuper quick, mini-tutorial on how to make a widget and add it to your homescreen. There are a ton of tutorials out there on this, so I’ll be explaining it pretty simply. 😉

Hold on an app for a few seconds and this little thingy should pop up. Tap on “Edit Home Screen”.

Your apps should go into what I call “Jiggly mode” XD and at the top, you should see a little plus sign. Go ahead and click on that!

This will make the “Add widgets” come up.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom and tap on “Widgetsmith” and then chose whatever widget size you want! To add a certain widget, tap on the title (mine says Small #2) and select the one you want.

Voila! A new widget has appeared! You can move it around the screen where you want to place it. If you want to remove it, click the minus sign and remove.

some more inspo 🙂

And that’s it for the tutorial and tour! (Ooh alliteration 😝) Once again, I’m super sorry this post is a little late! I think I’m going to start posting every weekend, rather than specifically Saturday, so that way it’ll be a little easier to get a post up in time. I’ll be aiming for Saturday, but don’t be shocked if you see me on Sunday! 😋

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and maybe it gave you some ideas on how to organize and customize your phone! Just a friendly reminder, as fun as it is to organize your apps and all of that stuff, don’t forget to go outside, read a book, and talk to humans. XD

Oh, one more thing: NEXT SATURDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!! I’m SO excited! Since I don’t want to spend my whole birthday blogging, I’ll be doing a post ahead of time to schedule for Saturday. Bye daydreamers and see you next weekend!

This post was so fun to make! Once again, I’m super sorry about the lateness of it. I’m still getting used to my super duper busy schedule and have been slowly figuring out how to squeeze in blogging with everything else! Thank you guys SO MUCH for all of your support and participation in the last couple of posts, and thanks again to everyone who asked questions! If you have any posts you’d like to see, don’t hesitate to let me know through the comments or contact form! Love you guys so much & I’ll see y’all next week. Bye daydreamers!

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What’s On My iPhone (ft. How I Organize My Apps!)

Hey daydreamers! It’s Emmie here! Whew, has it been a crazy week…my school just started online work, and I went from being 100% bored to being 100% busy. (I don’t think I even have to explain why my school is online right now – I’m going to take a wild guess that you’ve heard about all the crazy stuff going on!) I was originally planning to do a “Things to Do When You’re Bored” post for today, but I didn’t like it and decided it wasn’t super original anymore, since that’s the only thing on YouTube right now. 😂

During some downtime the other day, though, I was watching Sadie Aldis (she’s one of my favorite YouTubers ever now, and she has Type 1 just like me, plus her videos are amazing! Thanks to Sophie for recommending her!) and she had an awesome video on how to organize your phone! I was inspired to try it out, and I’m so glad I did, because my phone looks way cleaner & more organized now. 😊 So I decided I should do a What’s On My Phone post! I’ve seen this all the time on YouTube but I don’t know if anyone’s ever done a blog post on this (if you’ve seen one, make sure to leave the link in the comments! I love to discover new blogs!), so I’m excited to try it out and hopefully y’all will enjoy reading this!

Okay, enough intro-ing…let’s get started! ⤵⤵⤵

I have an iPhone 8 in gold with a clear case. I used to have my grandma’s old iPhone 6, but all the sudden my Dexcom (continuous glucose monitor for type 1 diabetes) stopped working on there as Apple decided to be mean to all the older phones and mess up Bluetooth! Grrr! It worked out, though, because I was able to get an 8 since that’s the oldest it could work on!

I bought my PopSocket from Target with my own money a few months ago, and I really love it! It’s got this cool texture and the color matches everything perfectly!

This is my wallpaper! I recently changed it and I love how calming and aesthetic it is. I got it from Sadie Aldis’s Pinterest board. The color scheme is really cute!

On the “Widgets” side thingy when you scroll to the left, I have my current blood sugar, shortcuts (no clue why that’s on there), reminders, verse of the day from the Bible app, site stats for American Girl World (trying to figure out how to change it to this one, no such luck lol), and also my activity rings from my watch.

And if you swipe to the right, I just have my camera roll, which is taking a picture of my (wrinkly) backdrop, haha.

This is the first page thingy on my homescreen. I just organized my apps using the “shelf” method Sadie talks about in her video – basically, you sort all of your apps into folders. Then you take out your 3 most used apps from each category & put them next to it, creating a “shelf” with labels and storage! Isn’t that cool? It’s a super productive way to organize things and makes the stuff you use the most easy to access!

At the bottom, I have the 4 apps that I usually need to access most quickly: my Dexcom app (which tells me what my blood sugar is), iMessages (to keep in touch during social distancing!), Safari, and camera.

*fake gasp* Whadduya know! Safari just so happens to be open to this very blog! Oh, look, and that just so happens to be my most recent post! *EVEN FAKER GASP* I HAVE AN IDEA! You should just so happen check out that very post RIGHT HERE!

Did I just make a joke about shamelessly plugging my blog while actually doing so? Yes. Yes I did. (MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA)

I named the very top folder “technical”, and it’s basically to stash the apps that come with your phone and you can’t delete and may use every 6 years or so (except Alexa, that one I use every so often to fix or change stuff for my Echo dot).

Next to that folder, I have Settings, the App Store (which for some reason is telling me how to make a grilled cheese sandwhich, thanks Apple) and the Clocks app, which I think are all pretty self-explainatory.

Below that, I have a folder called “social”. Since I can’t have social media yet (I’m not quite thirteen, 6 months to go!), I just have the phone call app and contacts in there.

Oh, and I also have Bitmoji! This is mine – cute, right? It’s really fun to change up the outfits on my Bitmoji, even though I don’t send it to people a whole lot. Which reminds me, I need to put some shorts on my Bitmoji…😂

Next to that, I have my Pinterest app! I begged my mom to let me get it, and I finally got it a few months ago, yay! You can follow me at GirlOnPointe, I have a bunch of boards with outfits, ballet, drawing, room ideas, funny, etc. Beside that, I have an app called Messenger Kids, which I use to text and video chat my friends who don’t have phones/phone numbers, and the FaceTime app.

Below that is my “productivity” folder. In it, I just have the Pages app (which I don’t use but have it just in case), files (also unused), voice memos (use this sometimes), and iBooks (literally have never used this lol).

I also have my notes app, which I divided into a bunch of categories – as you can see, “songs” and “writing” have the most notes in them, because I always have my phone with me and whenever inspiration strikes I can jot something down, and then when I’m trying to write a song I can go back and look at the random lyric ideas and start from there.

After that, I have Reminders! I like this app a lot because I can use it for packing lists and also daily schedules (sort of like a bullet journal for me). I really like the new update where you can add colors and icons, and they have PINK! And GOLD! YAYYYY!

And I also have my handy-dandy WordPress app for blogging on the go. Shout out to Kaylyn and Christina, y’all were in my reader when I took this! The WordPress app is super helpful for uploading images, since I have an Apple phone but not an Apple laptop so I can’t AirDrop my photos. Instead, I just upload them to my WordPress account, open it on the computer, and voila! Images in media! I also use this for checking notifications, the occasional comment reply, and catching up on the posts in my reader.

The I have a folder marked school and church, which I have all my apps that are used for faith & academic purposes. I have Google Docs, just in case I need it, this awesome library app called Overdrive which lets you download eBooks but I forgot how to log in to, my youth group app, this cool thingy called measure, and an app called Numbers that I never use but always convince myself I need it.

Then I have my Google Classroom app! This is what my school is using to do online learning, aka school from home. It’s actually a really good program and i haven’t had too much of a problem adjusting to it. Typically, I do all my work on my laptop, and then I use my phone to turn assignments in (because it’s easier to just snap a picture and upload it from the app).

Oh, and then I just have my calculator app. Random life hack: Did you know that if you type in something wrong and want to delete a number, just swipe backwards at the top and it will delete for you? 🤯 MIND BLOWN.

And then I just have my Bible app! I don’t use this every day because I prefer my paper Bible, but I use this to find verses and occasionally do plans on. Isn’t this verse awesome?

Next I have all my apps related to health and fitness, such as sugarmate (a blood sugar tracking app), VeryFitPro (I need to delete this since this went to my old watch), the OralB app (also need to delete this) the Health app that comes with your phone, a nutrition info app called CalorieKing, and the DexCom clarity app which enables me to share my blood sugar patterns with my doctors.

Next to that, I have my Watch app and Exercise app, which basically gives you a report on your steps, calories, and exercise during that day or week.

Whoaaaah, we’re halfway there, whoaaaah, livin’ on a prayer! (I felt the need to say that.)

Then I have the entertainment folder, where Podcasts is all lonely. XD I know it kind of defeats the purpose to have a folder with one app in it, but I still wanted to have that lable for the “shelf”, so…🤷

Next to that, I have my Apple Music app! Some of my favorite artists right now are the Jonas Brothers, Kelsea Ballerini, Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, and Riley Clemmons. I’m also currently obsessed with the album Fine Line by Harry Styles (so good!) and Happiness Begins by the Jonas Brothers is a go-to album for me. I’m also really into the songs Find You (RAMI Remix) by Nick Jonas, Rather Be Us by Tyler Rich, and also any of OneRepublic’s newer songs.

Next to that, I have the Netflix and Disney+ apps! My favorite Netflix shows are Alexa & Katie (BEST SHOW IN THE HISTORY OF EVER NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE YOU SHOULD WATCH IT IT’S SO GOOOOD!), CHEER (everyone should watch this incredible documentary!!), and The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (I binged this show during spring break and it’s awesome!). On Disney+, I don’t watch a lot of stuff on my own, but we watch a ton of movies on there as a family.

Next I have my photography folder. These are two editing apps that are super helpful for touching up photos and making creative designs, but unfortunately I forgot my login! I have these on here in case I finally remember how.

On the photography “shelf”, I have the Photos app. Wow, I have a lot of pictures on here! I have an excessive amount of screenshots, what’s up with that? 🤔😂

Then I just have iMovie, which I use to make fun and silly videos with my friends, not anything serious or for my YouTube channel, lol. When I make stuff for my YouTube channel, I usually do that on my computer.

Then I have a games folder – I used to play these games a ton, but now I don’t really use them that much. I keep them on my phone just in case I’m ever bored.

Then, I have my favorite games that I actually play: Slither.io (you have your own snake/worm and have to get rid of the others and eat as many dots as you can to grow big, it sounds weird but it’s really fun!), Design Home (you can design rooms for different clients and earn your own houses, it’s so fun and totally free, which is the best part!), and Wordscapes (this game is so relaxing but really hard!)

Finally, I have a category called “world” with compass, maps, Find My Phone, and the weather app next to it.

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WHEW! That was the longest post EVER. *checks* 2,000 WORDS?! If you made it through all of that, you win best reader ever! 👏👏👏Hopefully you read all of that, and if so, I hope you enjoyed! It was so fun to take the pictures for this post.And while you’re bored at home, if you want, you can read through some of my old posts if you’d like. Thanks for reading, and stay safe guys!

How do you organize your phone? What’s your favorite app that you have? What kind of phone do you have (if you have one)? What does your wallpaper look like?

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