How to Change Icons on Your iPhone Home Screen
It was an exciting day when Apple introduced Shortcuts. With Shortcuts, came an uncountable amount of capabilities for making your phone more as convenient as possible with... you guessed it: shortcuts.
Many people became excited about the potential that came with these shortcuts, and for good reason. Turning a task from several taps to one tap or one voice command is certainly a shortcut any iPhone user would want to have. However, Shortcuts came with a particular capability iPhone users had long been wanting: the ability to change home screen icons.
With this came people with full-on phone themes of every kind. Harry Potter iPhone themes, neon iPhone themes, minimalistic iPhone themes, and the list goes on. Customizing your iPhone home screen icons means a layout and theme that looks like you want it to look. Plus, it's a lot of fun to customize them, and the combinations are endless.
Before moving forward, I want to clarify that you aren't actually changing the icon image of the app itself; instead, you are replacing the icon with a new icon/shortcut and a fancy image of your choosing, which can be used as a Shortcut. We will then remove the original app so we can use its prettier doppelganger.
Note: If you do not have iOS 12 or iPadOS 12 or later, the Shortcuts app will not be on your device and you will not be able to change your iPhone home screen icons until you update. You may need to update further, to iOS or iPadOS 14, in order to have this capability to do the steps in this guide. Also, this process will take time if you have a lot of apps you plan on doing this for.
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