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Tiles 3.0 Tutorial

Simple, colorful and functional are all words that can describe this amazing homescreen. Being only one screen, it combines style (with its unique tile wallpaper at the top) with function (with its monthly calendar and notifications). This homescreen has all the info you need, all in one beautifully designed homescreen.

Part 1: Before you begin

Download this link, extract it and copy it to your phone, it comes with all the necessary icons, UCCW skins and wallpapers.

Part 2: Applying Nova Launcher Settings

You’re going to need Nova Launcher Prime as your base launcher, but Apex Launcher Pro or Holo Launcher can also be used as the setups are virtually identical.

Here’s how you should set up the launcher, start off by selecting your Menu button then Nova Settings on your homescreen:

Desktop

  • Desktop Grid: 7×6
  • Manage Screens: 2
  • Hide: Shadows, Icon Labels
  • Enable: Resize all widgets, Widget Overlap

Dock

  • Enable Dock: Disabled

Look and Feel

  • Show Notification Bar: Disabled

Gestures and Buttons

  • Home Button: Show app drawer (comes in handy)
  • You may use gestures to show/toggle the notification bar or app drawer.

Part 3: Setting up the wallpapers

  1. Hold down on the homescreen, select Wallpapers.
  2. Select QuickPic wallpaper, or any other gallery app.
  3. Make the crop box touch the left and right edges, only leave a small white gap at the top (see video).
  4. Select OK.
  5. Apex Launcher works better here as it uses QuickPic’s way of setting the wallpaper when in Quickpic, so use that if not satisfied with Nova.
  6. Go back in your Nova Settings – Desktop – Manage Screens – Delete the second screen.

Part 4: Icon Setup

There are many ways to place your app shortcuts. If you using Nova Launcher we recommend:

  • Holding down on the homescreen – Apps – Select Multiple, allowing you to place multiple apps in one go.
  • Another way is simply holding down an app from the app drawer and placing it onto the screen.
  • Now hold down on each icon – Edit – Select the picture – Find the icon image using a file explorer if necessary.
  • If the bottom icons disappear, enable the dock, take them out, disable the dock, place them back
  • If problem occurs again, rather edit them one row above to avoid the icons disappearing.

Part 5: Adding in the UCCW widgets (Clock & Notifications)

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 skin you want to add.
  3. After it appears on your homesreen, resize it to the way it looks in the video.
  4. Do this for each of the skins that are found in the folder.
  5. 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 it.
  6. Then select ‘Hotspots’ in ‘Select Object’, followed by editing your needed hotspots.
  7. If you would like to know more about hotspots, see the link below.
  8. Finally tap any UCCW skin, Menu – Hotspots Mode – On.

Notice: If your notifications skin creates a white box when placing, see the alternate skin below, it’s still identical however.

UCCW Tutorials here

Remember if you can’t edit your UCCW, it means your Hotspots mode is on, and you need to turn it off by going into your UCCW app from your App Drawer. To turn Hotspots mode off select Menu – Hotspots Mode – Off. Also if you don’t UCCW to open up if you touch it, simply enable Hotspots mode.

Helpful links

Tiles 3.0 on MyColorScreen
Wallpapers, UCCW skins & Icons
UCCW Notification Skin Alternate

Necessary Apps

Nova Launcher Prime (as seen in the video)
Apex Launcher Pro
UCCW

Optional Apps

QuickPic
Wallpaper Wizardrii

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