How To Make Your New iOS 7 Home Screen Less Ugly

Don’t give up yet! There may be a quick fix.

2. iOS 7 is here and, while a whole lot of people seem to really enjoy it, there’s a whole bunch who think it’s pretty ugly

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3. But there may be a relatively easy fix!

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One tip if you’re not happy with iOS 7’s look: change your wallpaper. Walls that worked with iOS 1-6 don’t w/the new icons. Try a refresh.

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4. Part of iOS 7’s flattened set up, means that layers are more important than ever. And many of Apple’s stock wallpapers feel pretty outdated.

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5. I mean, just LOOK at this…

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6. Nope.

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7. Many of Apple’s wallpapers don’t sit right with the semi-translucent layers that make up prominent elements of iOS 7, like folders and the control center.

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8. Choose the wrong background and your lock screen could look like THIS

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9. Apple’s dynamic backgrounds aren’t too bad though

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10. There’s also plenty of websites like Blrrr, where you can download iOS 7-specific backgrounds

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11. Everyone’s different, but to take full advantage of iOS 7’s newest frosted layering, it often works to choose a background with multiple blended colors

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12. Like this

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13. Simple, colorful images work well too. I’ve been using this one for a few months.

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14. Whatever you do, be sure to play around a bit. iOS 7 may still not be for you, but it may be worth a second look.

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Charlie Warzel is a senior writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Warzel reports on and writes about the intersection of tech and culture.
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