How to reset your iPhone Home Screen Layout in iOS 16

For years, Android users have been envious of iPhone users since they can easily customise their home screens, giving their phone a unique flair. With iOS 16, iPhone users can now finally add widgets and stacks to their home screens just like their Android counterparts!

Personalization is great, but if your iPhone home screen ends up with too many widgets and apps, it may become overwhelming and cluttered. Here’s how to quickly restore the default layout of your iPhone Home Screen if you discover that this is the case or if you simply want to start over.

What does Reset Home Screen Layout do on the iPhone?

Apple has a reputation for putting user friendliness and simplicity of use first. As an example, it provides users with numerous simple ways to reset their iPhones. You can leave the other settings alone and reset your network settings or location & privacy settings, for instance.

Similar to this, you may reset the iPhone’s home screen layout using the Reset Home Screen Layout option.

What happens when you reset your iPhones Home Screen?

When you reset your iPhone’s Home Screen, the screen layout is returned to either how it was when you first bought the device or how it was when your current iOS was installed.

Not to worry. Except for any custom folders and any custom Home Screen widgets you may have set up, it won’t destroy any of your stuff. The built-in apps that came with your iPhone will be listed first, followed by the apps you downloaded.

How to reset your iPhone Home screen layout to default

  1. Open Settings → Tap General.
  2. Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone.

3. Tap Reset → Reset Home Screen Layout.

4. Select Reset Home Screen to confirm the selection.

How to declutter your iPhone Home Screen

Say you don’t want to go too far and reset your iPhone’s Home Screen back to default. You can always do other things to reorganize your Home Screen, such as adding a new Home Screen page and moving your apps and widgets around. 

Add new Home Screen pages on iPhone

Adding a new Home Screen page is another option if your current Home Screen is already full of apps and folders. It’s pretty easy to do.

  1. Go to Edit mode by tapping and holding anywhere on the screen until everything jiggles.
  2. In Edit mode, your iPhone will always show a new blank Home Screen ready for you. Just swipe right to view it, drag an app from the App Library or add a widget by tapping the Add (+) button, and tap Done.

There you have it. You now have a new Home Screen page.

You can also hide Home Screens from your view—a straightforward way to declutter your screen.

  1. Just go back to Edit view by long-pressing anywhere on your screen.
  2. Tap the dots above your iPhone Dock
  3. All the Home Screen pages that are viewable have a checkmark under them. Tap on the circle under the Home Screen to uncheck it, which will hide that Home Screen from your view.

You also have the option to create a blank or empty Home Screen if you just want to flex your wallpaper or you just want to achieve that decluttered screen look.

How to move apps and widgets around on the iPhone

If you often download apps, your Home Screen will eventually become cluttered. Organise your iPhone apps by using folders, the iPhone Dock, or even by deleting any that you no longer use.

Another thing frequently seen on the iPhone screen are widgets. They are little windows that provide you with useful information quickly. You may move widgets around in the Today’s View on the iPhone, and you can even add widgets to your Home Screen.

To learn more about adding, removing, and rearranging widgets to make using your phone easier, read our article on how to utilize widgets on the iPhone.


Resetting your iPhone’s Home Screen is a quick way to declutter your screen and make it look new again. But in this article, I have also shared other options for organizing and customizing your iPhone screen.

Which option worked best for you? Share it in the comments below!


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