How to Change iPhone App Icons

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Changing the look of your iPhone app icons is a great way to personalize your device and add a touch of creativity. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing app icons on your iPhone. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose an Icon Pack
To change your iPhone app icons, you first need to select an icon pack that suits your style or theme. There are several websites and apps available that offer a wide range of icon packs. You can browse through these platforms and choose the one that catches your eye.

Step 2: Download the Icon Pack
Once you’ve found the icon pack you like, download it to your iPhone. Most icon packs are available in a compressed format like ZIP or RAR. You can use various file manager apps available on the App Store, such as Documents by Readdle or Files by Google, to extract the downloaded file.

Note: Make sure to keep track of where you save the extracted files as you’ll need them in the next steps.

Step 3: Prepare Your App Icons
Now that you have downloaded and extracted the icon pack, it’s time to prepare your app icons for customization. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and import all the app icons from the icon pack into a dedicated album.

Step 4: Install Shortcut Apps
To change app icons on iOS, we’ll be using shortcut apps available on the App Store. There are several options to choose from, including Shortcuts by Apple or third-party apps like Launcher or Icon Themer. Install any of these shortcut apps from the App Store.

Step 5: Create Custom Shortcuts
Launch your chosen shortcut app and create a new shortcut for each app whose icon you want to change. Tap on “Add Action” and search for “Open App.” Select the “Open App” action from the results and choose the app you want to customize.

Step 6: Add Custom Icons to Shortcuts
After creating a shortcut for each app, it’s time to add custom icons to these shortcuts. Open each shortcut, tap on the current icon, and select “Choose Photo.” Navigate to the album where you imported the app icons in Step 3 and select the corresponding icon for that app.

Step 7: Customize Shortcut Name
To complete the customization process, you can also change the name of each shortcut if desired. Simply tap on the shortcut’s name and enter a new name that suits your preference.

Step 8: Add Shortcuts to Home Screen
Now that you have customized your app icons, it’s time to add them to your home screen. Exit the shortcut app and navigate to your home screen.

Long-press on any empty space until your apps start jiggling. Then, tap on the “+” button at the top-left corner of your screen.

Step 9: Choose Custom Shortcut
In the list of options that appears, search for “Shortcuts” and select it. You will then see a list of all your created shortcuts. Tap on each one you want to add to your home screen.

Note: You can rearrange these shortcuts by long-pressing and dragging them around just like regular apps.

And voila! You have successfully changed your iPhone app icons using custom shortcuts. Enjoy your personalized home screen!

  • Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If an icon doesn’t change or reverts back to its original state, try restarting your iPhone.
  • Make sure you have granted all necessary permissions for shortcut apps.
  • If a shortcut doesn’t work as expected, try recreating it.

Now that you know how to change iPhone app icons, you can unleash your creativity and give your device a fresh new look. Explore different icon packs, experiment with various themes, and make your home screen truly unique!

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