The other day in my private Facebook group I shared my new home screen “aesthetic” after the latest iPhone update and I had some requests to share a deep dive into what’s on my iPhone. At first, I was like how boring, but then I was like my phone is literally my lifeline and I would love to see what other’s phones look like, so here’s a deep dive into my phone with what my favorite apps are and how I organize it.
What’s On My iPhone
Before we get into I do want to preface this by saying, I am the type of person who always has notifications. It drives Jared nuts because he always clears out notifications the second he gets them, where I could care less how many red bubble notifications I have.
Since the new update, I have taken advantage of some of the customizable features one of which is widgets. In order to add widgets or custom photos, I used some of the native iPhone which in tandem with an app called “Widgetsmith” to add photo or inspiration to my home screen.
Unlike some TikTokers my screens are pretty basic this is the system that works best for me because if I changed all my icons to be aesthetically pleasing I would be able to find anything.
Jared needs to have every single app in a folder, that a hard no for me. I like to have some apps in a folder but if I use them frequently I keep them separate to make it easier to access.
Home Screen Organization
This is the first screen that I see when I open my phone. Before we get too deep let’s talk about my static bar at the bottom. I have calls and text messages, Instagram and photos. These are the top 4 most used apps and apps I need to get to quickly.
Instagram did come out with a feature this week to allow you to change the app cover to different colors. Here’s how to do that!
Instagram>Settings>Pull down until confetti appears>Choose your icon>Save
The top-left widget allows me to toggle between sunrise/sunset time (which is really helpful when I am taking photos or planning photo shoots), date and number of steps I’ve taken for the day.
From there we move into some of the basic apps that come with the iPhone.
Google Maps – I prefer Google Maps or Apple Maps because I find it to be more accurate and up to date)
Dark Sky – This is my weather app which has precise rain prediction and more details on weather. This is a paid app, but worth it.
Finance Folder – These are all my banking apps
Every Dollar – This is the budget app that Jared and I swear by. I believe it costs but it’s created by Dave Ramsey and makes budgeting so easy.
Spotify – This is the only way I listen to music
Podcasts – My preferred way to list to podcasts
Audible – My favorite way to listen to audiobooks
Facebook – This is not the first screen because I use it a lot
TikTok – This is on the first screen because I am addicted and spend way too much time on it.
Outlook – I do have a work folder but because I use Outlook exclusively for work and need it to be accessible it stays on the first screen.
Teams – Also work-related but I need it for quick access.
Lastly, I have an inspiration photo to make me smile and give me a subtle reminder!
Alright, screen two, this might be the most interesting screen. This screen is dedicated solely to Thrifty Pineapple. I added a photo at the top to really help organize and set the purpose of this screen.
Planoly – This is what I use to plan my Instagram feed.
Lightroom – This is how I edit all of my photos.
CameraConnect – This connects to my DSLR camera to send photos to my phone or use my phone as a remote for taking photos with my tripod.
Pinterest – Although I use Pinterest personally it’s main purpose is for Thrifty Pineapple.
WordPress – I don’t use this a ton but my website is hosted through WordPress, so if I need to edit a blog post on the go or read comments I use this app.
Analytics – I use this to track site performance.
RewardStyle – I use this to enable Like To Know It images and track sales.
ShopStyle Collective – I also use this to track sales and grab links.
LIKEtoKNOWit – I use this for shopping and sharing links.
GroupMe – I use this to talk to some of close bloggers friends in a group chat.
Unscripted – I use this for lighting and camera setting recommendations.
Retouch – I swear by the app for removing unwanted items in photos.
Facetune – Great for blemish coverups, but I don’t use it too often.
ColorStory – I used to swear by this app but don’t really use it often now. Great for simple photo editing if Lightroom is too intense.
A Design Kit – I use this to add in graphics or frilly elements on photos.
Bazzart – Honestly, I should delete this app because I never use it.
Layout – Great for adding quick grid photos.
Dispsoable – This app is by David Dobrik and allows you to capture disposable style photos but you have to wait 24 hours to view them.
Canva – I use this to make a lot of graphics.
Picsart – Also great for adding graphic elements to photos.
Unsplash – Free high-quality stock photos.
Quickshot – I only use this app for editing skies in photos.
Over – I use this to make a lot of Instagram story stickers because you can make things on a transparent background.
Unfold – I use this to make photo collages or graphics.
StoriesEdit – It’s the same thing as Unfold with more templates.
Cut Story – Great for cutting long videos into 15-second increments.
Hyperlapse – Great for making timelapse videos.
Clipomatic – Allows yous to make captions on videos.
MixCaptions – Autogenerates captions on videos.
VSCO – I don’t really use this anymore but I do like the DSCO feature.
Pineapple photo just for aesthetic.
This screen is where all the random apps or apps that I have that I don’t use often live.
In the top right, I have this super cute illustration of Beau my friend Jordan made.
Adulting Folder – This is for boring adulting things but doesn’t necessarily fall into finance or home.
StateFarm Drive Safe & Save
Sam’s Club Scan & Go
MIPC – Our pet camera for Beau.
Brandefy – Great for finding makeup dupes.
Rent The Runway
MyFitnessPal – I track my calories through MyFitnessPal.
WearOS – This links to my Kate Spade smartwatch
MapMyRide – Great for tracking bike rides.
Snake VS Block
I Love Hue
Tacos 4 Life
Postmates – I typically only use Postmates when I travel, don’t ask me the logic here.
Bed Time Fan – I have to sleep with a fan so this is grat for travel.
DryBar – I also only use it when I travel since we don’t have one in Arkansas.
Lifestyle Folder – This is a hodgepodge folder of apps that don’t really fit elsewhere.
Cheetah – We use this for Junior League.
Pass Classic – Photo sharing app
These apps are by themselves because I use them frequently but not enough to be on the first page and don’t apply for Thrifty Pineapple.
Shopkick – This app is new so until I’ve decided I am keeping it or download another app this is the placeholder to see if it stays or gets deleted. But Shopkick is great for earning free gift cards.
I take A LOT of notes on my phone so I wanted this visible and easily accessible.
This is like the screen I never visit. These are random aps I don’t really use but need to keep.
Contacts – I also go through my phone. I think I thought this app existed.
Calculator – I always access this from the pulldown.
Reminders – I don’t use reminders, I normally use my calendar or notes.
Voice Memos – Honestly, I should use this more.
Facetime – Do people actually use this? I always just go from my phone to Facetime people.
Alright, that’s it! You officially snooped through my phone! Let me know if you have any questions on the apps I shared or if all my notifications stress you out in the comments section below!