How to Change App Icons on Your Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac: A Complete Guide

Feb 23, 2021 05:30 PM

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SHARE - Whether it’s on your phone or personal computer, we love personalized looks including changing the application icons. If you love to decorate your home screen and desktop, you’ll find that adjusting the app icons with the theme or wallpaper currently used is aesthetically pleasing.

Depending on the platform or device we use, there are different ways on how to change app icons. Tripboba has got you covered with useful tips on how to change app icons for a more engaging layout for your device, so follow along to learn more!

How to change app icons Android

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Android allows us several options to do some adjustments when it comes to the display, and since the operating system offers a user-friendly experience, you can customize the icons of your applications.

There are some ways to do so, and one of the easiest is to download icon packs from the manufacturer’s theme store. You can choose various sets of icons and download the ones that you like. Once the download completes, simply apply to the current theme and you’ve got the desired result.

You can also change the app icons via a custom launcher which allows you many more options to customize your phone’s home screen. And while you can choose your fave launcher, here we’ve got a tutorial for you using the Nova launcher.

Step 1. First, download the Nova launcher via Google Play and follow the on-screen setup instructions. Make sure you switch to this launcher.

Step 2. Once complete, tap the “Nova Settings” icon to start changing your app icons. Select “Look & Feel” and, on the following menu screen “Icon Style.” Tap on “Icon Theme” to switch between the different themes installed on your phone. Since Nova Launcher doesn’t come with its own set of custom icons, you have to download icon packs from the app store.

How to change app icons on iPhone

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With the new iOS 14 update, users are going crazy customizing the app icons in the Shortcuts app to their liking. By default, new shortcuts display a magic wand icon and one of 15 colors. You can customize the shortcut’s appearance (the colored rectangle in your shortcuts collection) by changing its color and giving it an icon more representative of its task.

So, if you want to join the bandwagon, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and tap the plus icon in the top right corner. Select Add Action.

Step 2. Type Open app in the search bar, then select the Open App app.

Step 3. Tap Choose and select the app you want to customize, then tap the three dots in the upper right corner. From here, give the shortcut a name and tap Add to Home Screen. Yep, you can even customize the display name of the app.

Step 4. Go to the Safari app to find a new icon image. When you find an image you like, save it to your photos.

Step 5. Go back to the Shortcuts app and tap the current icon. Select Choose Photo and tap on the image you just saved, then tap Choose if you’ve done adjusting the pic size.

Step 6. Tap Add. This way, we know how to change app icons to pictures on our iPhone. The original apps will remain on the phone, but you can store them in a folder.

How to change app icons Windows 10

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You can also change app icons in Windows 10 directly from the Results pane of the Application node in the Application Virtualization Client Management Console. To change an application icon, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Hover the cursor to the Results pane, and right-click the desired application.

Step 2. Select Properties. On the General tab, click Change Icon.

Step 3. Select the desired icon, or browse to another location to select the icon. After you've selected the icon, click OK. The new icon appears in the Results pane.

How to change app icons on Mac

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For Mac users, you can change the app icons just as easily. Make sure to find an image you would like to use for your App icon and save it to your desktop. We recommend Square PNG and JPG files. Then, follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Open Finder and click Applications.

Step 2. Right click on the desired app, then select Get Info.

Step 3. Right-click the desired icon image on your desktop and select Open With, then select Preview. While you’re at it, navigate to the top navigation bar and click Edit > Copy.

Step 4. Navigate back to the app's Get Info window. Click the small icon at the top left of the window, pressing Command + V on your keyboard, then close the Get Info window.

Step 5. Close the app, and if needed, clear it from your dock. Now try reopening your app and you’ll get the desired result.


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