How to change app icon on iPhone and iPad? (Tutorial)

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Since iOS 14, it is possible to personalize your home screen with widgets. Applications like Widgetsmith presented here allow you to go even further by creating widgets that iOS does not offer natively. Moreover, you may see from time to time on Twitter or even TikTok and Pinterest beautifully reworked iPhone or iPad home screens, with wallpaper, widgets, but also new icons of ‘apps. You may then be wondering how these users managed to change the icons of their apps. In fact, this requires creating a shortcut for each app. Here are the steps to follow.

Customize the icon of an app on iPhone and iPad, how to do it?

For our example, we are going to change the Mail app icon. In fact, we are going to create a shortcut that will open the Mail app, while the Mail app will be hidden in the app library.

First step, find or make a new icon

Several possibilities are available to you to have a new icon. You can search on Google for iOS icons for a specific app: there are many sets of icons, free or paid, including this one which is very successfulwhile those signed Mohanned Al Rahmah also seem successful to us.

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If you have the graphic paw, do not hesitate to create a new icon yourself, under Pixelmator for example.

Second step, create the shortcut with the new icon

In the Shortcuts app, follow these steps:

  • Create a new shortcut by choosing the “+” at the top right
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  • Do “Add an action”
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  • Look for the “Open app” action and tap on it to add it to the shortcut
iOS screen in the Shortcuts app with choice of which step to select to open an appiOS screen in the Shortcuts app with choice of which step to select to open an app

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  • Press “App” then search for the desired app, for our example “Mail”, and select it to add it in the “Open” action
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  • Then go to the shortcut options using the icon of the three small bars at the top right
  • Then select “On home screen”
Shortcuts app screen on iOS with shortcut settings managementShortcuts app screen on iOS with shortcut settings management

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  • Change the name of the home screen shortcut. The chosen name will be displayed on the home screen, we advise you to put the name of the app opened by the shortcut
  • To change the icon, tap the icon next to the name, then select “Choose Photo” to search in its photo library or “Choose File” to search in the Files app
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  • Once the image is chosen and selected, end up pressing “Add” to save the shortcut
iOS home screen with custom app icon for MailiOS home screen with custom app icon for Mail

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Third step, hide the real Mail app

As described in our article dedicated to the app library, it is possible to hide apps in the latter, which will allow only the newly created shortcut to be visible on the home screen.

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We must therefore hide the app that we want to replace, as follows, for example:

  • Make a long press on the app
  • Choose “Delete app”
  • Then “Move to App Library”

There you go, now only your new shortcut is visible to launch the app you have hidden. You must repeat all these steps for each app for which you want to customize the icon.

Some Limitations

However, it should be understood that limitations are caused by manipulation. As you have created an app shortcut, you can no longer take advantage of Force Touch actions on the shortcut leading to the app. You also do not benefit from the notification pellets.

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