How to customize your iPhone’s app icons

Customize your iPhone’s app icons

Tired of the same old app icons staring back at you? Well, ditch the drab and embrace the fab! This guide will equip you with the power to breathe new life into your iPhone’s home screen with custom app icons, transforming it into a masterpiece of personal expression.

But wait, there’s a catch! You won’t be wielding a magic wand (yet). This customization magic requires a little app called Shortcuts. Don’t worry, it’s pre-installed on your iPhone, just waiting to be your creative partner.

Ready to dive in? Let’s get started!

1. Choose Your Canvas:

First, pick the app you want to makeover. Remember, you’re basically creating a shortcut that opens the original app, but with a new, dazzling icon. Think about which app icon you see most often – that’s your prime candidate for customization!

2. Summon the Shortcut Wizard:

Open the Shortcuts app and tap the “+” button in the top-right corner. You’re creating a new shortcut, and this is where the magic happens.

3. Find the “Open App” Spell:

In the search bar, type “Open App” and select the action that appears. This is the key that unlocks the original app behind the custom icon.

4. Choose Your App’s True Form:

Tap the “App” button within the Open App action and select the app you want to customize. Now, the shortcut knows which app to launch when you tap its fancy new icon.

5. Craft Your Masterpiece:

Tap the three dots at the top-right corner of the Open App action and select “Add to Home Screen”. This is where you unleash your inner artist!

– Name Your Creation: Give your shortcut a catchy name that reflects the app’s purpose or your custom icon design. Remember, this is what will appear under the icon on your home screen.

– Choose Your Icon’s Canvas: Tap the placeholder icon and choose your weapon of customization:

* **Take Photo:** Snap a pic of your own design or a cool object that represents the app.
* **Choose Photo:** Select an existing image from your Photos library.
* **Choose File:** Dive into your Files app to unearth hidden icon treasures.

– Design Your Masterpiece: Once you’ve chosen your image, you can crop, resize, and fine-tune its placement within the square icon canvas. Let your creativity flow!

6. Add Your Creation to the Gallery:

Tap “Add” in the top-right corner, and voila! Your custom app icon shortcut is now nestled comfortably in your Shortcuts library.

7. Unleash it on Your Home Screen:

Head back to your home screen, long-press on any existing app icon, and tap the “+” button in the top-left corner. Now, scroll down and find your newly created shortcut. Drag it onto your home screen, rearrange your icons if needed, and bask in the glory of your personalized masterpiece!

Bonus Tip: Want to go full-on theme park? Create custom icons for a bunch of apps and arrange them in themed folders. Imagine a “Social Butterfly” folder with vibrant icons for your social media apps, or a “Brain Gym” folder with sleek icons for your learning and productivity apps. The possibilities are endless!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your imagination, fire up Shortcuts, and let your iPhone’s home screen become a canvas for your unique style. Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to customize – just have fun and express yourself!

P.S. Share your custom icon creations with me! I’d love to see your artistic genius in action.