Here’s How to Perfectly Customize iPhone App Icons for FREE!

Did you ever wish to customize your iPhone app icons and feel rather disappointed to figure out that there is no official way to do so? If the answer is in the affirmative, let me tell you that you are not alone in having crossed this path and bemoaned the lack of an app icon customization tool. While it would be great to have a built-in way to fine-tune the iOS app icons, there is a neat workaround that gets the job done with the desired flair.

Perfectly Customize App Icons on iPhone & iPad for FREE!

So, what are the requirements for tweaking the app icons on iOS and iPadOS? Well, the very first thing that you need is a solid pack of app icons. Bother not! There are many websites that offer professionally-designed app icons. However, if you want cool-looking app icons without having to shell out any bucks, I would recommend you check out “Flaticon”. The site has got a decent library of app icons that you can download and use without any hassle.

Download Custom App Icons on iPhone and iPad

To get going, open Safari on your iPhone or iPad and head over to your favorite site (like Flaticon site).

After that, find your favorite app icons and download them. 

In Safari, you can tap on the Downloads icon to check the progress.

You can find all the downloaded app icons in the Apple Files app -> Downloads folder.

Make Custom App Icons on your iOS or iPadOS Device

Once you have saved your favorite app icons, pairing them with specific apps becomes dead simple – only if you know how it’s done.

  • On your iPhone or iPad, open the Shortcuts app
  • Now, tap on the (+) button in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Tap on the Add Action button.
  • Under the Categories section, select “Scripting”.
  • Next, choose “Open App”.
  • Tap on the “App” option.
  • Then, select the preferred app which icon you want to customize and launch using the shortcut.
  • After that, tap on the “downward arrow” at the top 
  • Select the “Add to Home Screen” option in the menu. 
  • Tap on the text field and enter a suitable name for the shortcut.
  • Next up, tap on the photo icon to and choose the “Choose File” option. 
  • Up next, head over to the folder where you have saved your app icons and select the desired icon.
  • Tap on the“Add” button at the upper right.
  • Your custom app icon has successfully been placed on the home screen.
  • Now, return to the Shortcuts app and make sure to hit the Done option to confirm the action and you are good to go!

So, that’s how you can create a custom app icon on your iPhone. To make more app icons, go through the same steps and then use them to deck up the home screen on your iOS device. To ensure there is no friction, I would recommend you put all the original apps in a separate folder. As you can launch the associated app using the custom icon, there is no need to let the real ones linger around and make the Home Screen look cluttered.

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Rashmi Mishra

Founder/CEO: Rashmi Mishra is a new-age entrepreneur and a die-hard tech lover. Though Rashmi has a special liking for iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch, she loves to take the hottest Android smartphones and Windows laptops for a spin. When she is not reading stories that are breaking the Internet, you will find her either crafting designs or fixing lives for good!

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