How to Change Icon on iPhone

Charlotte Daniels

iPhone, Tutorials

Changing the icon on your iPhone is a great way to personalize your device and make it stand out from the crowd. With just a few simple steps, you can replace the default app icons with custom ones that better reflect your style and personality.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing app icons on your iPhone, ensuring that your device looks unique and visually stunning. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose a Custom Icon

The first step in changing the app icon on your iPhone is to select a custom icon that you want to use. You can design your own icon using graphic design software or find pre-made icons online. Make sure the icon is in the appropriate format, such as PNG or JPEG, and has a dimension of 180×180 pixels for optimal display quality.

Step 2: Download a Shortcut App

To change app icons on an iPhone, we will be using Apple’s Shortcuts app. If you don’t already have it installed, head over to the App Store and download it for free.

Step 3: Create a New Shortcut

Once you have the Shortcuts app installed on your device, open it and tap on the “+” button to create a new shortcut.

Step 3.1: Add Action

In the shortcut editor screen, tap on “Add Action” to add an action to your shortcut.2: Search for “Open App”

In the action search bar, type “Open App” to find and select the “Open App” action from the list of available actions.3: Choose App

In the “Choose” field of the “Open App” action, select the app for which you want to change the icon.

Step 4: Customize the Shortcut

Now that you have added the “Open App” action to your shortcut, it’s time to customize it by changing its name and icon.

Step 4.1: Tap on the Shortcut Name

In the shortcut editor screen, tap on the name of your shortcut to edit it. Give it a descriptive name that helps you identify which app it represents.2: Tap on the Shortcut Icon

Next, tap on the shortcut icon to change it. In the pop-up menu, select “Choose File” and navigate to where you have saved your custom icon image.

Step 5: Add Shortcut to Home Screen

With your custom icon and shortcut ready, it’s time to add it to your iPhone’s home screen for easy access.

Step 5.1: Tap on “Done”

In the shortcut editor screen, tap on “Done” to save your changes and exit back to the main Shortcuts app screen.2: Tap on “..” Menu

In the main Shortcuts app screen, tap on the three-dot menu button at the top-right corner of your shortcut card.3: Tap on “Add to Home Screen”

In the menu that appears, select “Add to Home Screen” option from the list.

Step 6: Customize Home Screen Icon

To complete the process of changing app icons on your iPhone, you need to customize the home screen icon by replacing it with your custom icon.

Step 6.1: Tap on the Icon

On the “Add to Home” screen, tap on the app icon preview to open the icon selection menu.2: Choose “Choose Photo”

In the icon selection menu, select “Choose Photo” option to browse for your custom icon image.3: Select Custom Icon

Navigate to where you have saved your custom icon image and select it from your photo library.

And there you have it!

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the app icon on your iPhone. Now, whenever you tap on the custom shortcut added to your home screen, it will open the corresponding app with your personalized icon.

Note: Keep in mind that changing app icons using shortcuts doesn’t replace the original app icon within the App Library or search results. It only changes the appearance of the shortcut on your home screen.


  • Choose a custom icon for your app.
  • Download and install Apple’s Shortcuts app if you haven’t already.
  • Create a new shortcut in Shortcuts app and add an “Open App” action for the desired app.
  • Edit the shortcut’s name and change its icon using your custom image.
  • Add the shortcut to your home screen using Shortcuts’ “Add to Home Screen” option.
  • Customize the home screen icon by selecting your custom image from your photo library.

Now go ahead and give it a try! Customize your iPhone’s app icons to make them truly yours.

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