For how I set up the aesthetic of my phone, check out my Jailbreak post.
I mostly use my iPhone with my right hand. Because of this, I wanted to lay out my apps in a way where the ones I use the most are the easiest to reach with my thumb. This means that the bottom right corner of the phone would have the apps that I use the most, and the top left would have the ones that I use the least.
The dock includes the apps that I want always accessible, no matter what page I am on. On the home screen, I have apps that I use most frequently throughout the day. This tends to be a mix of social media apps, as well as productivity apps.
The second and third pages aren’t organized by reachability, but rather by category. That means I put all the apps that are related to each other next to each other, in categories such as news, media, finance, and ride-hailing apps.
I have another post on some of the apps that I use here.
One of the things I use the most on my phone is the widget page. Because a lot of the apps I use support it and add shortcuts, its been a really great place to scroll through a consolidated list of things I’d want to look at quickly, without even having to unlock my phone.
The first widget I have is the list of batteries for all my devices, which help me switch them out and plug them in whenever they’re running low. After that, I have the Screen Time widget, which helps me keep track of how much I am using my phone, and hopefully deter me from picking it up more (which clearly isn’t working). After that I have the Google Calendar widget (not in dark mode - @Google) and the weather, which are helpful widgets to quickly glance at at the start of the day.
Do Not Disturb
I schedule my Do Not Disturb bedtimes so that its automatically enabled. Even though its not exactly when I sleep, its helpful to start using the phone less in the night to help focus on any pending tasks left over before going to bed.
Even when in Do Not Disturb, I allow calls from my Favorite contacts, or calls that are repeated from the same person (implying that it may be important).
I decrease my dynamic text size to as small as possible across the entire phone, so that I can fit as much information as possible on one page without having to scroll. It takes some getting used to, but afterwards I found myself having a hard time going back to the default text size - the screen felt crammed and cluttered with the huge letters. In my opinion, the small text fits the screen much better.
Siri Voice Response
Siri’s voice response can be annoying, and even pop up in important meetings where everyone is focused. With this setting, if Siri is accidently enabled when the phone is in Silent mode, then Siri won’t talk. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in class and Siri has automatically triggered saying “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said” (especially now that the trigger button is holding down the power button). This way, Siri will be quiet when you want her to be quiet.