How do I customize my iOS icon?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

To customize the icons on your iOS device, you’ll need to use a third-party app as Apple does not currently allow direct customization of app icons. One popular app for this purpose is the Shortcuts app, which allows you to create custom shortcuts with personalized icons. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Download the Shortcuts app from the App Store if you haven’t already.

2. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.

3. Tap on the “+” icon in the top right corner to create a new shortcut.

4. Give your shortcut a name by tapping on the “Untitled Shortcut” field at the top.

5. To change the icon of the shortcut, tap on the icon next to the shortcut name.

6. In the icon selection screen, you can choose from different options to customize the shortcut’s appearance.

7. To change the color of the shortcut, tap on the color swatch and select a desired color.

8. You can also choose to use a photo from your device’s library as the shortcut icon. Tap on the “Choose Photo” option to select an image.

9. Once you have selected the desired icon and color, tap on “Done” to save your changes.

10. Your shortcut will now appear on the Shortcuts app home screen with the customized icon and color.

11. To use the shortcut, simply tap on it, and it will perform the predefined action or task.

It’s important to note that these custom icons are only available within the Shortcuts app, and they won’t replace the original icons of the corresponding apps on your device’s home screen. Also, keep in mind that customizing icons using the Shortcuts app requires some manual effort, as you’ll need to create shortcuts for each app you want to customize.

There are also other third-party apps available on the App Store that provide more extensive customization options for your device’s icons. These apps allow you to create custom app icons and replace the original ones on your home screen. However, using such apps typically requires additional steps and may not be as seamless as using the Shortcuts app.

While Apple does not provide direct customization options for iOS app icons, you can use the Shortcuts app to create custom shortcuts with personalized icons and colors.