Themify – Widget and Icon Themes
Themify is easy to use and has a very clean layout. It is regularly updated and new designs are introduced frequently. The app provides clear instructions on how a user should install various themes and design elements. The app has a subscription model, but given its continuous updates, I think the cost is worth it – if you use the app to update the look of your phone on a regular basis.
Themify is a great iPhone screen customization tool.
Everyone loves to be unique and create their own sense of style. Growing up I know that in school kids showed their individuality through their dress style and everyone felt threatened when schools talked about the use of uniforms. Today we show our unique styles through how we organize our digital lives.
iOS users have been granted the ability to customize the look of our desktops through the use of widgets and customizable app icons through the use of shortcuts. iOS 14 introduced widgets and update 14.3 allowed users to set custom app icons as shortcuts could be run right from the home screen. It’s a multi-step process that can get quite tedious, but luckily iOS users have the option of using aesthetic apps that take the guesswork out of the process.
I’ve been playing around with the app layouts and desktop images on my phone lately to make it feel more organized. I decided to try one of these creative apps and found Themify. It’s an easy-to-use app that offers many design options to choose from. It’s a great standalone tool and available on the iOS App Store.
theming (Themify Widget & Icon Themes) is an app that allows iPhone users to customize their wallpapers, icons, and widgets. It is rated as the #1 iPhone home screen customizer app in 27 different countries (from July 29th). It can be found in the Graphics & Design category in the iOS App Store.
Developer AIBY, a Florida-based company, focuses on developing mobile-first products. Founded in 2019, it offers multiple product offerings including NatureID, Fonts Art, HitMeal, InPulse, HitFit, and Futurio.
Themify was originally launched in October 2020, right after the release of iOS 14. It was built with the following technologies:
- Language: Fast
- Toolkit: xCode, iOS SDK
- Product Analysis: Firebase, Amplitude, FacebookCoreKit
- Dependency Management: Cocoapods
- Frameworks: SwiftUI, WidgetKit, CoreGraphics, CoreLocation, AuthenticationServices
- Integration tools: Lottie, Alamofire
The app offers a huge collection of themes, widgets, and icons that will make users’ phones stand out. As of 2021, there have been more than 13 million downloads of Themify. It is available to users around the world, with more than 37% of users based in the US (as of April 2022).
Themify is available in multiple languages including:
- English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese
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Would you like to combine comfort and aesthetics? Themify has your back. Perfectly matched iOS 14 app icons, widgets and wallpapers make your iPhone look neat and stylish. Explore a plethora of themes to choose the one you like the most and set it up with a few taps on your home screen.
If you want to add a personal touch to your home screen theme, use our theme customizer. Change anything you want and create a truly unique theme for your device.
Huge widget collection
Time, clock, calendar, quotes, weather, countdown, mixed – choose any widget and get the information you want right from your home screen. You can also create your own unique widget by adding photos and changing backgrounds, fonts and colors.
Over 10,000 icons
For those who are bored with boring default app icons, we have a number of custom icon packs. The best part is that you can install the entire pack at once! Just follow the simple and clear instructions.
Still images and live wallpapers
Anime, animals, urban, nature and more – we have wallpapers for every taste. Liven up your screen with amazing live wallpapers. And if you love classics, try our silent wallpapers and see for yourself how irresistible they are.
Prices & Availability
Themify is available on the iOS App Store and is free to download with many features (including huge packs of themes, wallpapers, icons and widgets; favorites; automatic installation of up to 5 icons at a time). Users buy subscriptions within the app to get access to all features in Themify.
According to the product description —
- You can subscribe for unlimited access to all Themify features.
- Subscriptions are billed weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually at the rate chosen based on the subscription plan.
The subscription price is $19.99 for a yearly subscription and $4.99 for a weekly subscription. A free trial is available.
Themify is an interesting app experience. The download and installation process is standard from the iOS App Store, but when it comes to enabling all the graphical elements, the user has to do a little extra work. Even though Themify handles much of the app customization process for the user, applying the theme designs still requires some work on the part of the user.
You have the option to choose from an entire theme or individual icons, wallpapers and widgets. You also have the option to customize a preset theme or combine icons with different wallpapers. Themify has a very clean, intuitive layout and is very easy to navigate without any additional instructions. One of the things I really appreciate about the app is that it provides step-by-step instructions as you walk through the theme design/selection process.
The first thing I tried was to install an icon set. As you will see on the screenshots, the app guides the user how to install the configuration profile in the iPhone’s Settings app. It’s not complicated, but you have to exit the app to complete it.
After installing the selected icon profile, I received a warning that the profile was not verified. Knowing it came from that app, I proceeded with the installation, but you should be careful when you get such warnings, as configuration profiles are a place for malware to sneak into an iPhone.
Once the installation was complete, the icons for that particular theme appeared on my desktop. As you will see in the screenshots, the icons do not replace the default icons. You will be added to your home screen and fill in the available empty fields. This was something that bothered me a bit because I’ve been working really hard on organizing my icons into folders and when I switch to Themify Icons I have to go through this process all over again.
This isn’t something I’m faulting the app for, as that’s how the shortcut process works with the OS. If you went through this process without the help of an app like Themify, the shortcut process would also create a secondary app icon that you would have to reorganize. I just wanted to mention it since it’s part of the process one has to go through to customize their icons.
In addition to reorganizing your desktops, it’s important to note what happens when you tap the icons. Since these are shortcuts, you may see some screens in front of the app you’re trying to open. For example, if I install a custom icon for the Calculator app and tap it to open the calculator, a white screen appears and then moves to the Shortcuts app for a brief second before the calculator appears. When I close the app, the app animation closes the primary app and not the custom icon.
Given the extra steps that needed to be taken with the icons, I decided to explore the other option Themify had to offer. I ended up downloading and installing a clock widget and wallpapers for my home and lock screens, which was a lot less involved. I really like the variety that Themify has in its library and I think if you’re really interested in changing the look of your phone it’s a lot of fun to play with.
The only thing I would like to see improved is the duplication of app icons during the shortcut creation process. I don’t know if that’s something Themify or any app can do without the OS opening up certain development opportunities.
If you want to completely overhaul the look and feel of your iPhone, Themify might be a great option for you. The caveat is that you need to do some legwork to make everything look right, and be prepared for the shortcut redirects. I believe this affects the overall user experience of the iPhone, but it’s not the app’s fault. It has more to do with how iOS works with such apps.
The designs that Themify offers are colorful, unique and very easy to search for. I loved browsing through the different themes and designs available on the app. I would encourage anyone interested in creating a unique style for their iOS device to download and try the free options available.
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