How to Edit App Icons on The Home Screen of An IOs Device

How to Edit App Icons on The Home Screen of An IOs Device

The trend of customizing your home screen has become ever more popular in iOS, and some users are choosing to add custom app icons to their home screen using the Shortcuts app in iOS 14 and later.

Replacing default app icons with images of your choosing allows you to freely customize the look of your home screen. Before you follow this guide, you will need to find or make an image for your new home screen app icon, and there are plenty of alternate looks available for download online. The following steps explain how you can add a custom icon, for any app of your choosing, to the Home screen. The process effectively involves creating a Shortcut to open an app, and then adding an image to that Shortcut on the Home screen.

Widgets and App Icon Tutorial Video

We’ve also made a video that walks through the topic of widgets, home screens, as well as custom app icons.

If you want to skip to the section where we go step-by-step on how to customize your App Icon, it’s at timestamp 3:58. But before embarking on this plan, you should understand there are two major limitations in this technique.

Limitations

  • Tapping Custom App Icons launch Shortcuts first, and then the App
  • No Notification badges

If you feel that being kicked to and from the Shortcuts app whenever you open an app with a custom icon is a nuisance, it may be best to only create Shortcuts for apps you use infrequently, or not at all. Shortcuts can be a complex app to use, as it allows users to create multi-step processes to run on their device, but in this instance, the Shortcut only involves one basic component.

  1. Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the + icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Add Action.
  4. Use the text field to search for Open App.
  5. Select Open App.
  6. Tap Choose.
  7. Use the search for the app you want to change the icon of, and select it.
  8. Tap the three dots in the top-right corner.
  9. Tap Add to Home Screen.
  10. Tap the placeholder app icon.
  11. From the drop-down menu, select Take PhotoChoose Photo, or Choose File, depending on where your replacement app icon image is located.
  12. Select your replacement image.
  13. In the text field, rename the app as you want it to appear on the home screen.
  14. Tap Add.
  15. Tap Done. Your Shortcut has now been created.
  16. Return to the home screen.

How to Edit App Icons on The Home Screen of An IOs Device

To those who already had the app installed, this would result in a duplicate icon. Put the previous icon in the App Library if you want to keep only the new one you made. The original app cannot be overwritten.

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Because of how time-consuming it is to do this for each app, especially if you need to find or create icons specifically for each one, you probably won’t want to.

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