If you want to give your Home app a custom makeover, HomePaper is a new app designed to help you. Apple includes a handful of pretty boring default wallpapers in the Home app, but HomePaper lets you take things to the next level by combining your own images with custom gradients.
For strangers, in the Home app, you can choose wallpapers for the “Favorites” tab, as well as the pages for each individual room. Apple includes a collection of default options to choose from, but the options are quite limited.
HomePaper comes from developer Aaron Pearce, who has also created a handful of other powerful third-party HomeKit applications, such as HomeCam and HomeRun. The purpose of HomePaper, explains Pearce, is to allow you to “beautify the Home app with graceful backgrounds using the photos you provide.”
In the HomePaper app, start by choosing an image from your photo library. For example, for the wallpaper for the “Living Room” page in the Home app, it could be a real photo of your living room. Then, HomePaper will combine that image with a smooth gradient. You can choose from a pre-built gradient or you can use a color picker to make something more personalized.
The key part of what HomePaper does is smooth the image with gradients and desaturation. This turns the image into beautiful wallpaper, while ensuring that the text and icons in the Home app are still easy to read. Once you’ve created the image, save it to your photo library, then go to the Home app to set it as wallpaper.
HomePaper is available in the App Store as a free download and you can create a custom wallpaper for free. To unlock unlimited wallpapers, a $ 0.99 in-app purchase is available.
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