While you can completely customize your iPhone home screen with widgets and icons, unfortunately, you can̵7;t add any empty space between them. However, there is a solution for this!
How to create a transparent widget background with scriptbar
To do this, we use the free app Scriptable to cut out part of the background via a finished script. You do not need to write a line of code! All you have to do is copy, paste and then press the run button.
The way the app does is pretty smart. First, take a screenshot of a blank home screen page. When deciding where to place the widget, Scriptable then cuts the right part of the wallpaper.
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Once you’ve got a screenshot of your iPhone’s background, just use it as a widget background. This is supported in many third-party apps, such as Widgetsmith, Sticky Widgets and even Scriptable (more on that later).
So, first things first: take a screenshot of a blank home screen on your iPhone. To do so, tap and hold an empty part of the iPhone home screen to enter Jiggle mode.
Then swipe to the last page on the home screen (or one that has no app icons or widgets). Press the side buttons and volume up at the same time. If your iPhone has Touch ID, press the side buttons and home buttons.
Now navigate to this GitHub page and copy the entire code. Open the Scriptable app, then tap the plus sign (+) at the top right.
Then double-click on an empty part of the screen and then tap “Paste”.
Now that the code has been added, tap the Run icon (it looks like a “Play” symbol) in the toolbar at the bottom.
If you have followed the steps above and taken a screenshot, tap Continue.
Select screenshot from the media uploader.
Select the widget size you want to create (Small, Medium or Large); we chose “Medium”. Then click on where you want to place the widget; we chose “Top”.
Touch “Export to Photos” to save the image in the Photos app.
You can now find the widget background in the Photos app.
How to create a widget with a transparent background
Now that you have a transparent background, all that is left is to create a custom widget. In this example, we use Widgetsmith.
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In Widgetsmith, you can create a blank widget (with the image you created above) or use an image as the background for a date and time widget.
Open Widgetsmith and go to the “Widgets” section. We create a medium widget, so we press “Add medium widget” and then select a widget to edit.
Touch the preview.
On the widget customization screen, tap “Photo Date and Time” in the “Style” section. Tap “Photo” to create a blank widget.
Touch “Select Photo” in the “Selected Photo” section.
Tap the image you created in the Script Bar.
Press the back arrow.
Here you can rename the widget. Press “Save” when done.
Now it’s time to add the widget to your iPhone’s home screen. Return to the home screen, then press and hold an empty area. Press the plus sign (+) at the top left.
Go to the widget you want to add and then tap “Add widget”.
By default, the widget you just created should appear here; if not, tap it to customize it.
Tap the widget you just created.
If the widget is not where you want it, you can move it to fit in the background. Touch “Done” when you are happy with the layout of the home screen.
Now you have a widget with a transparent background! Just repeat the process to create more and use them on all your iPhone home screens.
Want to fit more widgets on your iPhone home screen? Stack them!
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