The option to personalize the iPhone’s Home Screen is one of the latest features in iOS 14. You are no longer restricted to the icons chosen by Apple and the app creators. Yes, that is true, now you can replace any of them with whatever icon you find on the internet without needing to jailbreak the iPhone.
As a result, instead of having the same Home Screen as everyone else, you can now customize the iPhone to make it uniquely yours. Before we begin, there are a few important points to consider, the most important of which is that you will lose Notification badges on your new icons.
Also, since you are technically substituting your usual app icons with Shortcuts, the Shortcuts app will open right before the intended app. If that bothers you, you should probably avoid personalizing the icons for the moment. Else if you want to proceed, you will need to locate or create a picture for the new home screen app icon before proceeding with this instruction, and there are lots of different designs accessible for free online.
The instructions below will show you how and where to add a custom icon to the home screen for any app you choose. The procedure is developing a Shortcut to start an app and then uploading a picture to that Shortcut on the home screen of your device.
Ways to change app icons in iOS 14
We will start with a few pointers on how to acquire fresh and customized App icons. Users may add an icon to any app on Apple. It implies you may make your original App icons, or you can get them from third-party applications or websites.
You may discover both free and premium app icons to download instantly to your smartphone. If you do not really want to make new app icons, it is recommended to search for app icons for iOS 14 on Google and downloading them from websites. Whether you are buying an App icon pack, look through the icons first and see if it fits the majority of the icons in the Apps list on your iPhone or iPad.
And after you have the file with multiple App icons, you may modify the App icon on iOS 14 by following the instructions below. It is a simple instruction; however, it does take some time to fully set up since it uses Siri shortcuts. There are a few ways to get around Siri’s shortcut, but they can be damaging to the data. So have no doubt, Apple will soon notice and give a more natural way to change App icons. Let’s get started with the instructions.
Also read: Most common iOS 14 problems
Step-by-step methods to change app icons in iOS 14
To begin, download or create App icons, then upload them to the iPhone or iPad you wish to modify.
On the iPhone, go to Shortcuts, you can search in the App library.
The ‘+’ button may be found in the top right corner of the Shortcut section; select it.
- Next, choose the ‘Add Action’ button and select Scripting from the menu.
- Select the app for which you wish to modify the icon on the following screen.
- Then you will see the Next button, which you should click to proceed.
- Type the name of the shortcut here, remember to keep the name of the app that you set in action. Then press the done button.
- Select the Shortcut tab, followed by the Action tab.
- Tab on the three dots underneath the Done option on the Action tab.
- It will take you to the details section.
- Next, select the ‘Add to Home Screen’ option.
- Then pick ‘choose photo’ from the tiny icon (second icon).
- Then choose the correct icon for that application. Finally, press the Add button.
- The new app icon will appear on the home screen, and you may check it out.
- On iOS 14, repeat the process to modify the icons for other applications.
It is perhaps one of the time-consuming approaches, but it is also one of the most straightforward. It is not advisable to use third-party software that is not listed on App Stores since it may be harmful to your data. If the iPhone is not your primary device, you may use the app icons that can be found on many websites. Even though we focused on iPhones, you can utilize shortcuts to change the app launch icons on the iPad in a similar manner by following these instructions.