iEmpty

Help & FAQ

What is iEmpty?

iEmpty is a tool that allows you to customize the homescreen of your iOS device, without the need to jailbreak it.

 

Empty TEXT

You can get a special « empty text », when you want to set nothing as a label where it is usually required.

For example: iOS folder names, social media pseudo or status text, bookmark labels, ...

 

Empty ICONS

You can add some special « empty icons » on your home screen, to create cool layouts and organize your apps on it.

Indeed iOS doesn't allows you to put the application icons where you want on your homescreen grid.

Empty icons reproduce your homescreen background (they'll look invisible once added on it at the right position), so you can visually put your app icons where you want.

 

Empty WIDGETS

You can download some « empty widgets background pictures », to be able then to create cool iOS widgets on your homescreen.

By using these background pictures as the background of an iOS widget from a compatible widgets application, your widgets will look as if they have a « transparent » background.

Summary

Please find below answers to the most frequently asked questions and problems you may have using iEmpty.

If you still have questions or problems, then you can send me a message!

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General FAQ
Empty text FAQ
[PROCEDURE] How to get the empty text?

Before all, go to this page.


1. Select the empty text

Click the « Select » button to select the special empty text.


2. Copy the empty text

On iOS, you should have the contextual « Copy » option displayed. Click it to copy the invisible text to your clipboard.

On other systems (Android, MacOS, Windows, Linux, ...), use the appropriate « Copy » command.


3. Paste the empty text

You can now « Paste » this text anywhere you want!

> See usage examples

Screenshot upload FAQ
[PROCEDURE] How to take and upload the screenshot?

Whatever you want to generate empty icons or empty widget backgrounds, you'll first need to upload a screenshot picture of your homescreen that will be used to generate your data.

 

0. Check the prerequisites

> What are the prerequisites?


1. Go to « edition mode »

On your home screen, press on any icon and hold it until all the icons on the screen start to « jiggle ».


2. Clean the dock (optional)

If you want to put empty icons on the dock slots too, move all the icons outside it, so the dock will be empty.


3. Go to the last page

Slide the home screen pages to display the last one. It will be empty, without any icons or widgets on it.


4. Take the screenshot

Press simultenaously the « Power » + « Home » (or « Volume Up ») buttons, depending on your device.

This will save the screenshot into your « Photos » app.

> More informations here.


5. Upload this screenshot

Upload THIS screenshot picture to iEmpty, without any modification or resizing on it, from this page.

iEmpty will process your screenshot to « extract » all the possible icons and widgets slots from it, and generate the corresponding pictures that reproduce exactly your homescreen background (so icons and widgets using these pictures will look « invisible / transparent » once added on it).

Empty icons FAQ
[PROCEDURE] How to add empty icons?

0. Check the prerequisites

> What are the prerequisites?


1. Screenshot your home screen

Take and upload a screenshot of the last page of your home screen (the one without any icon on it).

> How to take and upload the screenshot?


2. Choose an installation method

You can choose between 2 methods:

  • Bookmark method: add empty icons ONE BY ONE, using the Safari's « Add to home screen » feature.
  • Profile method: add empty icons ALL AT ONCE, using the iOS « Configuration Profile » feature.

> Compare both installation methods


3. Select some icon slots

Select several icon slots (the positions where you want to put the empty spaces) on the home screen grid, from this page.


4a. Bookmark method

Tap the « Add X icons » button.

A « special page » corresponding to the selected icon position has been opened.

You can quickly navigate between the selected icons using the navigation arrows...

Add THIS page on your homescreen (WITHOUT modifying the default empty text), as a Safari bookmark.

> How to bookmark the page?

This will add on your device's home screen the generated icon corresponding to the selected slot, without any text.


VARIANT: use iCustom

Alternatively, you can use iCustom in order to make your empty icon launch an iOS application of your choice, instead of opening the iEmpty special page corresponding to your icon.

> How to use iEmpty with iCustom?


4b. Profile method

Tap the « Install X icons » button.

A configuration profile file containing all the selected icons is automatically generated.

Install it on your device.

> How to install a configuration profile?

This will add on your device's home screen all the selected icons, without any text.


5. Position the icon correctly

Once added on your homescreen, the icons may not be correctly positionned.

Move the icons to their expected positions (the selected slots on step 3) on the home screen grid.

As they reproduce exactly your home screen background, they will look « invisible »!

> How to move the icons?

> How to remove the icons?

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Empty widgets FAQ
[PROCEDURE] How to create empty widgets?

0. Check the prerequisites

> What are the prerequisites?

 

1. Screenshot your home screen

Take a screenshot of the last page of your home screen (the one without any icon on it).

> How to take the screenshot?

 

2. Upload this screenshot

Upload THIS screenshot picture to iEmpty, from this page.

iEmpty will process your screenshot to « extract » all the possible widget slots from it, and generate the corresponding pictures that reproduce exactly your homescreen background (so the widget will look « transparent » once added on it).

 

3. Select a widget slot

Select a widget size (small, medium or large) and then a widget slot (the position where you want to put your transparent widget) on the home screen grid, from this page.

 

4. Download the widget background picture

A « special page » corresponding to the selected widget position has been opened.

Long tap the widget picture to save it on your photo's camera roll.

 

5. Create your widget

Create your widget as you want, using a compatible widget's application

> What are the compatible widget's apps?

 

Use the empty widget picture as your widget background image.

You can then add some other informations on top of this background, like the date, time, battery percentage, and many other things depending on what your widget's app offers you.

Once you're OK, add this widget on your homescreen.

> How to add a widget on the homescreen?

 

6. Position the widget correctly

Once added on your homescreen, the widget may not be correctly positionned.

Move the widget to its expected position (the selected slots on step 3) on the home screen grid.

As its background reproduce exactly your home screen background, it will look « transparent »!

> How to move or remove a widget?

Questions? Problems?

If you still have questions or problems, then you can send me a message!

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