Simple background trick allows you to dramatically change your Windows Phone start screen

Microsoft has often said that they think that Windows Phone is the most customizable smartphone platform on the market. Being able to change up the tiles, backgrounds, theme colors and other options, Windows Phone is easy to personalize and thanks to a simple trick by changing the background, you can now customize the tile look as well.

The folks over at Winphoneviet.com have figured out how to combine the transparent live tiles with custom background to change the Start screen of your Windows Phone with some impressive results. You can make your phone look like the device at the top of this post but know that it does take some work on tweaking your tiles to get the same results.

If you watch the video above, you can see how the backgrounds have been created, if you wish to create your own. Or, if that seems like a lot of work, you can download some of the files from our gallery to try them out on your phone right now.

If you do try them out, make sure to post up your images below, or in our Windows Phone forum so that we can take a look at them too.

Source: Winphoneviet.com | Via: WMPU

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i prefer the tiles, thats why i got windows phone, not android, where every company unleashes their "creativity"

Well, it's interesting and clever but I expect MS has a number of updates to live tiles in the works for v9 that will change things yet again.

I dont see them going to much away from the tiles for touch devices tho. So I doubt that anything but the live squares will be available. Which is fine since I dont mind the tiles really on the 520 I have. They work pretty well for touch devices.

techbeck said,
I dont see them going to much away from the tiles for touch devices tho. So I doubt that anything but the live squares will be available. Which is fine since I dont mind the tiles really on the 520 I have. They work pretty well for touch devices.

I didn't mean them going away but evolving into more than just the live tiles we have now. Even in WP8.1 you see the first signs of this with the Cortana live tile which is the first, and so far only, one that is able to have a animation and not a static image like the rest (if you look at it her circle avatar turns on the live tile itself iirc). That's something they're probably going to open up to 3rd parties once they work on the API a bit more, which JoeB has said already, so that right there changes things to an extent.

The other thing is having, even on the phone, the ability to turn the live tile into a live widget like the MSR video that was shown, and then quickly pulled, showed us. So by expanding, say the Xbox Music, tile to it's full large size, you would get playback controls inside it as well, and when it's smaller it just defaults back to a live tile.

Those two things are what I expect to see on both WP and Windows in the future, probably with v9.

techbeck said,
I dont see them going to much away from the tiles for touch devices tho. So I doubt that anything but the live squares will be available. Which is fine since I dont mind the tiles really on the 520 I have. They work pretty well for touch devices.

There are rectangular tiles too.
vNext will introduce double height rectangles.

My tile background is a bunch of smaller tiles...

Yo dawg, I heard you like tiles so I put some tiles in your tiles so you can Metro while you Metro.

This trick only works if you only have a little bit tiles like that. If you have a bunch of tiles/folders it'll mess up once you scroll. I prefer the beautiful native tiles.

Wow, what a lot of trouble to get a good looking start screen.
Most people won't be able to do anything like that.

tedious rather than simple. Sure there is a good programmer out there who can automate this. recognize the tiles, find center, create circle depending on dimensions of tile on grid etc. create background and apply. Once that app is available I'd call it simple...

Headline should read... "Simple background trick allows you to dramatically change your Windows Phone start screen into something really ugly!"

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