First things first, choose an image! This is where you can get creative, but you have two general choices:
- Choose an image from one of your photos, download a photo, or search for a photo you want to replace the usual icon image with.
- Download an icon pack. The icon packs out there are plentiful. There is so much to choose from, so try to have an idea before moving into it. There are several apps that you can use, which will do an overhaul of all your apps for you, so that you don't have to add them one by one, but you will still have to remove the original apps from the home screen and reorganize the new apps. I recommend finding a free icon pack for iOS like the free icon pack I used here.
The first option is more time-consuming and a bit less organized. The second is a bit more realistic, and you can get an entire matching pack to use as icons. That is what I would recommend.
Find the Shortcuts app on your home screen and give it a tap.
Here, you will click the "add action" button.
In the search bar up top, type in "open app." Then click the "open app" option that populates below.
To the right of "open," you will see "choose." Here, you will want to click choose so that you can choose the right app to create the icon shortcut for.
A list will appear. You can either scroll to find the app that you are trying to change the icon for, or you can type it in the "search apps" search bar.
Now, you will notice that it says "open" followed by the app's name. In my case, it is Pinterest, because that is the icon I am choosing to change. To continue, click the ellipsis "..." in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
To the right of the app name, in my case Pinterest, there will be a small app icon. This is how the app will appear on the screen, so this is also where we make magic happen. Click that little app icon to bring down the drop-down.
There will be three options in the drop-down. Select the one where the icon or photo you want to be displayed for that app icon is stored. In my case, I downloaded an icon pack, and that pack was saved to the Files app.
Select the image you want to be used as the app icon. See how I have an app icon I previously downloaded for Pinterest? Click on the image and boom! Icon changed (sort of).
See how I have two of the same app now (one of the original app and the new app shortcut with the new icon)?
Hide the original app by removing it from the home screen, so that the shortcut, with the preferred, new icon can be viewable and you don't have duplicates.
To delete the original app do the following:
- Press and hold the original app until it jiggles.
- Click "remove from home screen."
All done! Look at your shiny new app!
Sometimes, when you are busy or out and about and your iPhone starts ringing, you don't want to pick it up, but you know it might be so-and-so with that important call you've been waiting on.