How To Create A Blank App Icon On iPhone

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Have you ever wondered how to get create a clean iPhone home screen page? If you’re like me, sometimes you want a decluttered screen so you can see your wallpaper without any obstruction. 

The solution to this is using blank icons on your iPhone. I’ve put together a handy guide to show you how to create a blank icon for your iPhone. Read on to learn how to do it.

Two Ways Of Making Blank App Icons On iPhone

iPhone screen with black app icons

iPhones tend to be littered with apps and widgets, which can often lead to a cluttered and disorganized home screen. Some people opt to organize their apps in groups and others also use widgets to help organize their phones. 

While organization is great, sometimes what you want is a completely empty home screen. Blank icons make that possible. Speaking of empty, if you’ve ever been curious about your spotlight search and how to clear it, take a look at our spotlight search guide

Create Blank Icons Using iEmpty Bookmark Installation

iEmpty is a website that allows you to add blank icons and widgets to your home screen to make blank spaces. A blank icon is an app icon that blends in with your wallpaper to create an empty space on your home screen.

You don’t need to download an app or jailbreak your phone to use iEmpty to create a blank icon. It’s free with a few limitations, such as only being able to create and install four app icons at a time. 

The premium version costs $1 per month. It allows you to download and install more than four app icons at once, removes ads on any of the creator’s websites, grants access to exclusive features, and more. 

iEmpty has two installation options, Bookmark and Profile. Bookmark allows you to generate one blank icon at a time and use it via Safari’s bookmarks. Profile allows you to install multiple empty icons at once using an iOS configuration profile.  For this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use both. 

To get started here’s how to use the bookmark installation method to make blank icons for your iPhone home screen:

  1. First, you’re going to need a screenshot of a clear home screen. To get this, long press on any app then tap Edit Home Screen to activate jiggle mode/wiggle mode.
Tapping the home screen to activate the jiggle screen
  1. Now, swipe left to view an empty page on your iOS device. Once you’re on the blank page on your iPhone, take a screenshot of the page. 
iPhone screen with apps that are jiggling
  1. Afterward, open Safari and go to the iEmpty website. On the homepage, scroll down and tap Add empty icons
Tapping add empty icons on a homepage of iEmpty
  1. On the next page, locate the Your screenshot section, tap Choose File and then select Photo Library to upload the screenshot of your empty home screen. 
Locate the image in the screen shot section by tapping on Choose File
  1. After uploading your screenshot, double-check to ensure you can view a preview of it. Once all is clear, tap Send
Uploading the screenshot, preview, then send
  1. On the next page, scroll to the Options section and tap Bookmark to generate your blank icon.  
Scrolling to the options section and tapping bookmark
  1. Scroll down the page to see a grid of icons with your wallpaper then select the icons that you want to add to your home screen.
Selecting the icons that you prefer to be added on the homescreen
  1. Once you’ve finished selecting the icons you want to add, tap “Add X icons.
Once finalized, tap on "Add X icons" button
  1. On the next page, you’ll see the icon that you selected to add to your home screen. Tap the share button and then Add to the home screen and lastly tap Add. 
Tapping the share button and select add to home screen
  1. Now on your home screen, long press on the blank icon to enter Jiggle mode and then tap Edit Home Screen. Arrange the icon on your home screen so it blends in with your wallpaper and becomes invisible. 
Arranging the icons in the iPhone home screen

Here’s a video demonstrating how to use the Bookmark method to make blank icons – start watching from the 3d minute:

Create Empty Icon Using iEmpty Profile Method

While the bookmark method is great, it only allows you to download the blank icons one at a time. If you want to download all of them at once, the profile method would be more to your liking. 

Here’s how to use the iEmpty’s profile installation to make blank icons:

  1. Follow steps 1 – 5 from the previous method.
  1. After your screenshot has been processed, scroll down to Options section and select Profile
Scrolling down to options section and selecting profile
  1. Once you’ve done that, select which icons on your page you want to be blank.
Selecting which icons on your page will be blank
  1. After you’re finished, tap “Install X icons” at the bottom of the page. 
Tapping on “Install X icons” when finalized
  1. Next, you’ll see a popup stating that the website is trying to download a configuration, tap Allow to download it
Taping Allow to download the app
  1. After it has been downloaded, you’ll see a popup stating that the configuration has been downloaded. Tap Close to clear the popup. 
Tapping on the close button after popup
  1. Now, exit Safari and open the Settings app. Tap Profile downloaded to install the profile onto your phone. 
Tapping Profile downloaded to install the profile into an iPhone device
  1. Now tap Install, enter your passcode and then tap Install again. Once the configuration has been installed, tap done. 
Entering passcode and taping install
  1. Once you’re finished, arrange the icons on your home screen so they appear invisible. 
Arranging the icons on your home screen to appear invisible

Here’s a video demonstration of how to use iEmpty’s Profile installation to create blank icons:


How Do I Make The Icons On My iPhone Blank?

You can make the icons on your iPhone blank by using a blank icon creator such as iEmpty. You can use it to make transparent icons to customize your home screen however you want. This means that your home screen can be empty or designed in a unique way.

Creating Transparent Icons – Wrapping Up

What’d you think of this article?

Empty icons can come in handy to help you create a custom home screen. Whether you want blank spaces to organize your apps in a  specific way or want a completely blank home screen, blank app icons are the way to go.

If you want another way to keep your home screen clear, I also suggest disabling the badge app icon on your iPhone. This way, the present apps are in their default state without the number of unread notifications attached to them. 

Doing this, in addition to utilizing blank icons can provide you with a clutter free home screen page that many would envy.
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Hemant Mendiratta

Hemant Mendiratta is a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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