Aesthetics

For a breakdown of my setup aesthetics, check out my Jailbreak post.

Setup

Layout

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. So, the bottom right corner of the phone has the apps that I use the most, and the top left has the ones that I use the least.

My iPhone Home Layout

The dock includes the apps I want accessible at all times, no matter the 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 and productivity apps.

The second and third pages aren’t organized by accessibility, but rather by category. I put all related apps by each other, based on categories such as news, media, finance, and ride-hailing apps.

I have another post on some of the apps that I use here.

Widgets

Widgets are one of my most used features. Most of the apps I use support them and show great information and add action shortcuts. This makes the widget page a great place to get information at a glance without having to unlock my phone.

Widgets

The top widget displays the charge for all my devices, which helps me to charge ones that are low while I’m not using it. The second one is the Screen Time widget, which helps me track my phone usage, and deter me from picking it up more. After, I have the Google Calendar widget and the weather, which has helpful information for the day.

Settings

Do Not Disturb

I schedule my Do Not Disturb bedtimes so that its automatically enabled for an hour before I go to bed. I find it helpful to use the phone less in the night to help focus on any pending tasks left over and plan the next day.

Do Not Disturb Settings

Even when in Do Not Disturb, I allow calls from my Favorite contacts, or repeated calls from the same person (implying that it may be important).

Text Size

I decrease my dynamic text size to as the smallest setting. This way, I can fit as much information as possible on one page without having to scroll. After using my phone like this, I found myself having a hard time going back to the default text size – the screen felt crammed and cluttered with huge text.

Siri Voice Response

Siri’s voice response can be annoying, and even pop up in important meetings. With this setting, if Siri triggers when the phone is in Silent mode, then Siri won’t talk out loud. This saves me a lot of embarrassment from the times where I’ve been in class and Siri randomly says, “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said.” With this setting, Siri will be quiet when you want her to be quiet.

Disabling Siri’s voice response