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NYC Streets Tutorial

This minimal New York-themed homescreen pays homage to the city that never sleeps. A large triangle in the centre shows the city in its true colors, will around are the time, date and battery percentage. Below this are three smaller triangle icons, with message notifications surrounding them. The colourful triangle in the centre coupled with the blurred grey-scale wallpaper makes you want to see more of this great city.

Part 1: Applying Apex Launcher Settings

Before you start, you will need to download the zip file at the bottom of this page, extract it, then copy it to your phone. It includes the wallpaper and UCCW skins.

You’re going to need Apex Launcher Pro as the base launcher, but the free version of Apex Launcher will also get you there.

Here’s how you should set up the launcher:

  1. Set ‘portrait grid’ to 8×5
  2. Manage screens should be changed so that there is only 1 screen.
  3. Change your Dock Settings by scrolling down and selecting ‘Hide Dock’.
  4. Go into advanced settings, and select ‘Overlapping Widgets’ (might not be needed depending on your phone).

Part 2: Adding the wallpaper

For a Galaxy S2

Simply use QuickPic (an alternative gallery app) to choose the wallpaper provided in the link at the bottom of this post, make sure the crop box takes up the whole wallpaper.

For any other phone that’s not a Galaxy S2

Try Wallpaper Wizardrii, once you have found the wallpaper using QuickPic or your stock Gallery, select Menu – Set As – Wallpaper Wizardrii, then select Set – More – Scale – No Scroll (if any message pops up, select continue with No Scroll as well as “Never Show me this again”.

If this doesn’t work, you might want to try other methods such as an image editor (Photoshop or GIMP) or other wallpaper apps such as MultiPicture Live Wallpaper or Image 2 Wallpaper, or simply re-positioning your UCCW objects.

Part 3: Adding in the UCCW widgets (Time, date, battery percentage & message indicators)

You’ll need UCCW for this part, as well as copying  the skins that are provided in the link at the bottom to your phone.

To add these skins:

  1. Hold down on the homescreen – Widget – UCCW – any size.
  2. In the main menu after tapping the widget, select “Open uzip”, now just find where you pasted the folder and look for the  NYC Streets.uzip.
  3. After it appears on your homesreen, resize it to the way it looks in the video.
  4. Next add in NYC Streets notif.uzip and place it below.
  5. Remember to edit your gmail account by tapping the NYC Streets notif skin to open the editor, select the Gmail 1 in the item selection – swipe all the way to the end – then choose your account and label.
  6. You can now edit the hotspots (allows you to open apps when tapping a certain area) in this skin, by tapping the skin to open up the UCCW editor.
  7. Then select ‘Hotspots’ in ‘Select Object’, followed by editing your needed hotspots.
  8. If you would like to know more about hotspots, watch part 3 in our UCCW tutorial here.
  9. Finally tap any UCCW skin, Menu – Hotspots Mode – On.

Note: If you tap your UCCW and nothing happens, that means that you have enabled your hotspots mode, and must disable it if you want to edit any of your skins

Helpful links:

NYC Streets on MyColorScreen
Wallpaper and UCCW widgets
Alternate Wallpaper if first one doesn’t fit
Blank png (needed to make blank icons)


  • Jigger

    Can’t seem to make this work on my Galaxy Nexus due to the resolution of the wallpaper. Could you redo this on your Nexus 4? It would be awesome if you could!

    • Marco Agas

      My advice (it takes about 5 minutes and it’s what I usually do), is to take a screenshot of your homescreen, put it on any photo editing software. From here you just need to place the wallpaper on top of it, then resize it so that it covers the whole screen, except for the bottom status bar. Then save this as your new wallpaper and put it back onto your phone. Hope this helps…

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