iPhone users are showing off their new app icons – here’s how to change yours
iPhone users are showing off their new app icons – here’s how to change yours (Image: Getty Images)
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If you use Twitter, it’s likely your feed has been full of iPhone users showing off their new app icons.
Apple’s latest iOS 14 update includes the ability to customise your app icons using the Shortcuts app.
While the update was only rolled out last week, many creative iPhone users have already made changes to their app icons.
One user took to Microsoft Paint to re-do his app icons, tweeting: “iOS 14 let’s you re-do app icons so naturally remade them all much worse in MS paint style.
“Sorry to all app icon designers that spent years making them nice.”
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Meanwhile, another user created pastel pink versions of her app icons, and even posted them on Twitter for other users to use.
Changing your app icons is fairly simple, but there’s an important caveat to note.
If you chance your app icons, you’ll have to go via the Shortcuts app whenever you open an app with a custom icon, which is a bit of nuisance.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to change your iPhone app icons.
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How to change your iPhone app icons
1. Launch the Shortcuts apps on your iPhone
2. Tap the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner of the screen
3. Tap Add Action
4. Using the search box, search for Open App and select this option
5. Tap Choose
6. Use the search box to search for the app you’d like to change the icon of, and select it
7. Tap the three dots in the top right corner
8. Tap Add to Home Screen
9. Tap the placeholder app icon
10. A drop-down menu will appear and prompt you Take Photo, Choose Photo or Choose File – select the option you’d like
11. Select your replacement image
12. In the text field, rename the app as you’d like it to appear on your home screen
13. Tap Add
14. Tap Done – your shortcut has now been created!
If you already had the app on your home screen, you’ll notice that you now have two icons.
Simply move the old icon to the App Library to ensure you only have your newly-created icon on the home screen.