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How to Change App Icons on iPhone with iOS 14

Here's a guide to change app icons on your iPhone running iOS 14 update or later versions with the help of Shortcuts app.

Are you searching for a way to change all the app icons on your iPhone and enjoy a completely new Home Screen? Indeed, iOS 14 and later versions allow you to customize Home screen icons and graphics without resorting to Jailbreak. In this guide, we will explain how to replace icons for free and without the need to download and subscribe to additional apps. The procedure is not complicated but it is certainly very tedious because it requires the manual modification of each single icon.

iOS 14: How to Change App Icons on iPhone (2023)

change app icons on iphone with ios 14

The first thing to know, in order to customize the app icons on iPhone with iOS 14 and later versions, is that you can use a wide range of file formats, starting from the photos in the device library up to files in .png format. The choice of icons is a personal operation and you can therefore choose to give the app the image of your face (or that of your cat or dog) or you can choose a set of icons on the web, to download and combine with the various apps or Safari bookmarks, depending on your interests.

Below, we have listed down a few websites where you can download the icons for free that you can use on your iPhone for customization purposes:

  • Flat Icon
  • Icon8
  • Iconscouts
  • The Noun Project

For those who have decided to go do it yourself, remember that each icon in the iPhone Photo Library with a resolution of 180 x 180 pixels is sufficient, that’s all. But you can also start from your screenshots: the system will crop them and adapt them to the necessary measurements in a completely automatic way.

Customizing App Icons on iPhone

After preparing and adding the icons to the Camera Roll of the iPhone, proceed as follows to assign them. The procedure to follow to install all the icons you prefer requires the use of the Quick Commands app, the same one called Shortcuts in the USA. With this application, already present on the iPhone from the factory for various versions of iOS, it is possible to install the new icons in a simple way.

First, make sure you have the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. If your iPhone does not have one, you can download it by looking for it directly on the App Store. Make sure you download the official Apple one if your operating system supports it.

Once the app is ready on the iPhone, just open it and create the first quick command that we will need to change the icons on iOS. The procedure is very simple and you can repeat it as many times as you want to be able to change all the icons you want.

  • Open the Shortcuts app on the iPhone; if it doesn’t appear, download it from the App Store.
  • In the Library tab, tap the “+” button at the top right.
  • Select +Add Action.
  • In the search field, write “Open App”.
  • Select Open App in the list of Available Actions below.
  • The command will be imported into the right column; tap Choose.
  • Select the app whose icon you want to change.
  • Tap the 3 dots … button in the top right.
  • Give this Siri Command a name, then tap Add to Home Screen.
  • Give the app a new name, if you wish, and tap the icon to change it, selecting Choose Photos.
  • Scroll through the icons previously saved in the Photo Library, then select the right one (or select your own shot), and finally press Add.
  • Finally, tap Done.

That’s all there is to know about how to change app icons on iPhones with iOS 14 or later versions. In the meanwhile, check out similar types of guides here: How to Customize a Lock Screen on iPhone with iOS 16, and How to get rid of the Hollow Arrow Icon on iPhone.