At last, the Cupertino-based tech giant has relented, and the days of generic-looking icons on iOS are over. Yes, you read that right. With the iOS 14 update, iPhone users can now customize their app icons without resorting to third-party apps.
Some of us like the freedom to fondle with our devices and make our icons as wild and beautiful as possible. Using the iPhone Shortcuts app, you can now personalize the look of your Home Screen app icons to fit your style and personality.
In this article, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step process to change the icons on your iPhone into an image of your choice.
So, what we are actually doing is creating and customizing a shortcut that will trigger the launch of each app.
Before we start, make sure your iPhone is updated and running the latest iOS 14 version. You can check if your device is up to date here. You’d also need the Shortcuts app, which is usually pre-installed on your iPhone. If you can’t find it in your App Library, you can download it here.
Finally, you’ll need to have the images you want to use for each app icon. You can find some themed iPhone app icons on icons8 or icons out.
Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap the + sign at the upper-right corner, then tap Add Action.
Step 3: Next, type Open app in the search bar and then tap on the Open App link.
Step 4: In the dialog card that pops up next, tap Choose. This will bring up a list of your apps. Select the app you want to customize.
Step 6: Add the name of the app. You can also rename it to something else if you are really leaning into the customization vibe.
Step 7: Tap on Add to Home Screen. The Shortcuts app will show a preview of your new icon, which will be a standard, bland icon that’s automatically added.
Step 8: Select Add in the top-right corner.
Step 9: Next, tap on the icon under Home Screen Name and Icon. You’ll have the choice of either taking a photo, choosing a photo, or choosing a file. Assuming you’ve already saved an image in Photo, tap on Choose Photo and select the photo you want to use.
Step 11: Tap on Add in the top-right corner and Done, and the icon will be added to your home screen in its customized form.
You’ll have to repeat this process for each app you want to customize.
Finally, note that whenever you use your new icon to access an app, you will see a small drop-down notice that reminds you that it is a shortcut. However, the drop-down will only be visible for a second or two, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.
Personalize your Home Screen
Your iPhone can and should reflect your personality and preferences. After all, our tech gadgets take center stage in our essential day-to-day. You might as well make it a joy to look at and experience. Alter as many app icons as possible and make your home screen a piece of art!