How to Change App Icons on iPhone

How to Change App Icons on iPhone

With iOS 14, the possibilities of customizing your home screen icons are endless. You can change the app icons on your iPhone to match your mood or personality. One way people customize their device is by choosing a set of images they are in love with and then finding other icons that fit in with their chosen images.

If you would like to customize your icons, start by deciding how many you would want to do. Find enough pictures that will work for the different icons and then follow these instructions on how to customize them. It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but with a little patience, you can have your own customized home screen on your iPhone.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone

Step 1. Launch the Shortcuts app. It’s pre-installed on your phone; if you can’t find it, you might need to swipe left until you find the App Library and type “Shortcuts” into the top search bar.

Step 2. Tap the plus icon at the top-right corner of the Shortcuts app.

Tap the plus icon at the top-right corner of the Shortcuts app.

Step 3. On the New Shortcut page, tap the Add Action button.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap the Add Action button.

Step 4. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun trying new things in Shortcuts. But now we want to switch app icons. In the top search bar of the Suggestions page, type “Open app” to find an action that opens an app.

Type "Open app" to find an action that opens an app.

Step 5. Tap Open App from the list of actions in the search results.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap Open App from the list of actions.

Step 6. Then tap on the word Choose in the Scripting section.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap on word Choose in the Scripting section.

Step 7. When you arrive on the page, you’ll see the list of apps. Pick whichever app you want to create a shortcut for.

Pick whichever app you want to create a shortcut for.

Step 8. You’ll be taken back to the New Shortcut page. Under Scripting, the name of the app now appears. Tap the three-dot icon near the top right corner.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap the three-dot icon near the top right corner.

Step 9. From here, select Add to Home Screen.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Select Add to Home Screen.

Step 10. To name your shortcut, tap the X to the right of the New Shortcut and replace it with a new name. If it’s not the app’s name, you should probably make it something memorable.

Tap the X to the right of the New Shortcut and replace it with a new name.

Step 11. Then tap the shortcut icon.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap the shortcut icon.

Step 12. Tap on Choose Photo.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap on Choose Photo.

Step 13. Select the desired app icon. There are a bunch of sources for icons online, but if you’re artistic or ambitious, you can make your own! Once you save them to Photos, you can use any icon you want.

Select the desired app icon.

Step 14. To size the image, you can pinch and pull to zoom in or out until it fits the way you want. Once you’re done, tap Choose in the lower-right corner.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap Choose in the lower-right corner.

Step 15. Then tap the Add button.

How to Change App Icons on iPhone - Tap the Add button.

Step 16. When you add an app shortcut to your iPhone, a banner will pop up with a message telling you that the shortcut was added. After that, closeout of the Shortcuts app and view your Home screen to see your new icon.

Close out of the Shortcuts app and view your Home screen to see your new icon.

To change the icons of other apps, you just need to repeat this process for each app you wish to change. You can also change the ones on your Dock, which is the bar at the bottom of your screen

It’s time to let go of the old icon! If you already had the app on your home screen, you will now have two icons. To keep just your newly created icon, move the old one into your App Library, don’t delete it.

Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to change your app icons on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’ How to Set up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone. Similarly, here’s How to Share Passwords from your iPhone without manual password entry.

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