One of the great customizations that Windows Phone 8.1 brings to the table is the ability to use transparent tiles and Start Screen backgrounds. OneStart is a Windows Phone 8.1 app that taps into this feature and delivers a nice range of Start Screen background options.

From creating a colorful crystal pattern to slightly blurring a photo to simply choosing a solid accent color, OneStart makes a nice first impression.


OneStart's interface is very user friendly with options to create a Start Screen background that include:

  • A solid color
  • One of your photos
  • A range of colored patterns (Pro Version)

The app also has the ability to create a blank tile or group label.

Each background creation will have a few editing buttons running across the bottom of the screen. These editing controls vary with the styles and include a blurring tool for photos, a color picker, a random color picker and a size randomizer.

Once you get your background just right, tap the save button and head over to your settings to set your Start Screen background to your new image.

The free version of OneStart gives you access to a selection of color options, the photo category and the tile/label creator. The colored patterns section (and a few sub-categories in the solid color section) will require a $.99 in-app purchase to unlock the Pro version.

OneStart joins the ranks of the many quality Start Screen background apps for Windows Phone 8.1. With an easy user interface and wide range of features, OneStart is an appealing option worth trying.

Thanks, Marc, for the tip!

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