The idea of a dock on any smartphone, be it iPhone or Android, is a fantastic invention. It allows you to stay grounded with a core group of apps that you frequently use. However, sometimes that dock can feel like an obstruction in the face of style — but there's a trick to hiding that translucency behind those core apps at the bottom of your iPhone without jailbreaking.
To hide your dock's translucent ribbon-like background, we'll be enlisting the help of some special wallpapers by Hideaki Nakatani that are designed in such a way to mask the dock's background entirely. The designs all include a thick colored line at the bottom of each wallpaper, and these lines trick the translucent dock layer into becoming a transparent one.
The color of the line in each wallpaper varies depending on the color of the wallpaper in general, especially near the bottom where the dock is, so it's very hard to come up with your own unique wallpaper designs to hide the dock and remove that obvious separation between home screen apps and dock apps. That's why it's easier to just use Nakatani's specially designed ones.
Keep in mind that you'll need to find the wallpapers that correspond with your specific iPhone. For example, you can't use an iPhone X wallpaper on your iPhone 7, but Nakatani's site has options for each wallpaper for all iPhones. Additionally, you'll need to be on iOS 11, but Nakatani's site also has older wallpapers from previous versions of iOS available to download and use.
First, visit Nakatani's site, called Mysterious iPhone Wallpaper, to find and choose the color wallpaper that you want. There are whole white backgrounds, tie-dye-like colors, pastels, and more. Some of them make the dock's background invisible while others just make it hardly noticeable. We've added a few of our favorite no-dock wallpapers right below for easy access.
If using Nakatani's site, make sure to select the wallpaper that corresponds to your iPhone model. So, for example, say you have an iPhone 8 Plus — then you'd tap the button that says "[8P/7P/6P]." The "P" corresponds with "Plus."
Once you found a wallpaper that you like, whether from Nakatani's site or from the galleries above, just tap-and-hold gently (hard-pressing will just activate the "peek" 3D Touch feature) on the image, then choose "Save Image." You could also tap on the image to view the .png or .jpg file directly in your browser, then tap the share sheet icon, followed by "Save Image."
After saving your chosen wallpaper to your iPhone, you'll just set it as your home screen wallpaper either from the Photos app or the Settings app. For the former, just open up Photos, find the wallpaper that you downloaded, and open it. Hit the "Share" icon in the options menu, then choose "Use as Wallpaper" from the bottom row of activities.
From here, select "Still," and pinch in all the way on the image to zoom out. You want to see that gray bar running along the bottom. Next, tap "Set," and select "Set Home Screen." That's it.
Alternatively, you can do it from the Settings app by choosing "Wallpaper," then "Choose a New Wallpaper." Select the "Camera Roll" album, then the picture you downloaded, then select "Still" and pinch in all the way on the image to zoom out, just like in the above instructions. Next, tap "Set," and select "Set Home Screen."
Note: if you have "Reduce Motion" enabled (it's disabled by default), you will only be able to choose a still image, so it's a little easier since it should already be zoomed out all the way. Additionally, your dock won't be hidden if you enable "Reduce Transparency" in the "Accessibility" settings, which is also disabled by default.