How to customize your PS Vita home screen

Move icons, add wallpapers, and more

Electronic devices have been carefully designed by their inventors to look good. But why leave your portable device exactly in the default settings when you can do it yourself with a little simple customization? Customizing the PS Vita ‘s home screen allows you to rearrange icons, delete icons, add more pages, and add or change wallpaper. To perform any of these functions, the first step is to enter edit mode .

Let’s customize the home screen

To put the PS Vita in edit mode, just turn it on and once you start, tap and hold the screen anywhere (be sure to keep your finger on the screen, just tap because if you tap an icon the app ‘s living area will open or the game it represents). The screen will change from its normal appearance to a version that lacks the top bar and some of the peripheral materials. You’ll also see a small circular icon added in the upper-right corner of each game icon or app icon, as well as a clear / gray rectangular icon and a plus symbol icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Once you see these changes, lift your finger off the screen.

Rearrange icons

Once your PS Vita home screen is in edit mode, rearranging the icons is as simple as touching one and dragging it to its new position, then releasing it. Be sure not to touch the icon: touch it and place your finger on it, slide your finger to where you want to go, and lift your finger when it is in position.

Delete icons

From the PS Vita home screen in edit mode, tap the icon you want to delete. A menu will appear. Select “delete” and the icon will disappear. If you choose not to delete, you can cancel at the point where the menu appears. Warning: Deleting a game or app icon can also delete the game or app from your system, so make sure you actually want to get rid of something before deleting it. If you’re not sure, you can always add a new page to your home screen (see below) and move the icon there so it’s not on your first page, but it’s still available.

Add pages

With the PS Vita home screen in edit mode, you will see a translucent plus sign in a circle in the lower right corner of the screen. To add a new page to your home screen, just tap the plus sign. You can now drag icons from other pages to the home screen if you want – multiple pages are arranged vertically while the screen is in edit mode, so drag them down the screen until the page you want scrolls and drops.

Add a background wallpaper

You can set any image you want to be your background wallpaper. First, you will need to find the image you want. For the best possible image, be sure to measure it at 960 x 544 pixels on your computer and save it in a format that can be read by PS Vita . Then transfer the image to the PS Vita memory card.

Put the PS Vita home screen in edit mode as shown above. Now tap the icon in the lower right corner of the screen, which looks a bit like a rectangular yin-yang symbol (this is a simplified version of the basic background of the PS Vita with its rotation pattern). A new screen will appear that allows you to select the desired image. Use the same process to switch to another image if you change your mind about the image you want.

Obviously, you can’t change the overall look of the PS Vita this way, or even the overall look of the home screen, with its cute round icons and diminished grid distribution. But placing your most used icons on the front can make it much better to do your whole device experience. And while your background image will be greatly obscured by the icons on the home screen, it’s still a nice touch to be able to put your own stamp on the look of your device.


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