Besides various new features, iPadOS 15 introduces a host of customization options for the iPad. iPadOS finally gets App Library (also accessible through Dock) and you can now add widgets directly on the home screen. Moreover, iPadOS 15 lets you change the order of home screen pages, delete home screen pages, and hide individual app pages from the home screen.
Resize app icons on iPad (iPadOS 15)
In iPadOS 15 (Beta 5), users also get the choice to have larger icons on their iPad. Though the option to make app icons bigger was first added in iPadOS 13. That said, the feature to enlarge icons on iPad works a bit differently on iPadOS 15. Here’s how it works.
On iPad running iPadOS 15, the app grid remains intact and displays the same number of apps while also enlarging the app icons. Whereas on iPadOS 14 or earlier, the default 6×5 grid (fits up to 30 app icons) changes to a 5×4 grid (fits up to 20 icons) to make the screen icons bigger.
This means you no more have to settle with fewer apps on each page if you prefer to change the icon size in iPadOS 15. The resized icons, however, look extensively bigger and unaesthetic (on pages without home screen widgets) due to very little space between them.
Below is a side-by-side comparison for your reference.
Default icons vs Large icons (iPadOS 15)
Nevertheless, let’s see how to change the size of icons on the iPad Home Screen.
NOTE: This should work on all models of iPad including iPad (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini as long as they have iPadOS 15 installed.
How to make app icons bigger on iPadOS 15
- Go to Settings on your iPad.
- Tap “Home Screen & Dock” in the sidebar on the left.
- Under the Home Screen section, turn on the toggle next to “Use Large Icons“.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home button to go back to the home screen.
That’s it. All the app icons on your home screen as well as the Dock will now appear in a larger view.
To switch back to the default view for home screen icons, simply turn off the respective setting.
Those wondering, this particular feature isn’t available yet in iOS 15 on iPhone.