How to Change App Icons on Android
One of the biggest powers that Android provides to its users is to customize the Android interface on phones according to their needs. Android allows customizing your phone as you like, such as changing the system font, different system themes, etc. Other than these settings options, you can customize and change the app icon of your Android smartphone.
You can personalize your Android phone to change the app's icon in various ways. Either use a custom launcher, install fully themed icon packs that cover your entire apps, or change a few of them as you like.
Besides, one of the best ways to change Android app icons is by using a third-party launcher. The third-party launcher apps are compatible with various mobile brands like Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, etc. This article illustrates the different ways to change app icons on Android phones.
Know about changing app icons on your Android phone:
The stock launcher of most Android phones and tablets doesn't support icon packs, and they can't allow changing app icons. In such a situation, you must try a third-party launcher app to change the app icons of your phone. If your phone's stock launcher supports changing app icons, it could be uncertain whether to support third-party icon packs from the Play Store.
There has a different method to change app icons on the stock launcher on an unsupported Android phone, and has time-consuming. You have to change each app's icon individually on the stock launcher.
How to get custom app icons on Android phone
One of the best features of the Android operating system on the phone facilitates customizing most things you like, including the icon's look and feel. There are several ways to change app icons on your Android smartphone. To change the icons of your Android phone, download and install custom icon sets on your device, and you can get them from Play Store. The steps to install custom icons sets are illustrated below:
Even if you get and install the custom app icon pack on your Android phone, you need to apply it to see the change it makes. However, some icon packs reflect changes just after installation, but not all of them do so.
How to change the app icon on Android
If you want to use something other than a whole new launcher, you will find tons of app icon changers on the Play Store that work across all popular devices. We are using X Icon Changer for illustration because of its free service.
The X Icon Changer app allows you to choose an app icon, even on the phone's default launcher. The best point of using it is simple to use.
This icon changer app effectively supports several phone and tablet models. However, it doesn't mean there is no limitation to using the X Icon Changer app; it has few limitations. The most common limitation is that the shortcuts that appear no longer work when long-pressing on the app icon. Next, you cannot use this app with icon packs from the Google Play Store.
Instead of a few limitations, it provides many built-in icon options to choose from. There also has a feature that users can choose to apply their own icons. They can use photos from the phone gallery if they want.
Note that, on Android 8 and higher versions, by default, the shortcuts have a little watermark at the corner. You can remove this watermark from the app by following a few steps.
How to change apps icon on Samsung smartphones
On Samsung Galaxy phones, you can change apps icon using their built-in One UI themes (or Galaxy Themes app). The procedure to change app icons on a Samsung phone is almost the same as you do on other Android phones. But remember that the Galaxy Themes app only works with first-party apps icon and that some disappoint users. Following are the steps to change the app's icon on a Samsung phone using the Galaxy Themes app:
Most of the icon packs that you get in this Galaxy Themes store charge money. Try other methods that offer a free way to get the icon pack you like before using paid services.
Also, this icon packs only changes icons of official Samsung apps and system app icons. To get a unique icon for each type of app on your phone, use another method to change other app icons. You will find various third-party icon packs in Google Play Store that work on all apps on your Samsung device.
Change individual app icons and names using Shortcut Maker
In some devices, the phone's stock launcher doesn't change stock app icons. If it is the case with you, don't worry about it. The app Shortcut Maker works effectively for changing individual app icons installed on your phone. It supports all different app types (first-party or third-party).
Using the Shortcut Maker app, you can change app icons and name both; you need to install it first on your phone. Following are the steps to change the app icon and its name:
Change the app icon using Shortcut Maker
Change the app name using Shortcut Maker:
Other than changing app icons, Shortcut Maker lets you customize and change the app name to display on the home screen.
This way, you can customize the app icon and name on your Android phone using the Shortcut Maker app.
Use third-party launchers to apply icon packs easily:
There is also an option to use the third-party launcher to use the icon pack on your Android phone. Also, the best Android launchers support custom icon packs. You will find some best icon packs in Google Play Store that can change the appearance of app icons on your Android phone. This third-party launcher tool changes the icons of both first-party and third-party apps.
The steps to change the app icons of the phone varies based on the custom launcher you are using. But mostly, they follow the same steps. Download any icon pack from Play Store which you want to apply, and then go to the launcher's settings menu. From the settings menu option, choose custom icons followed by icon pack.
How to change app icons in the Nova launcher
Other than the entire home-screen app icon, you can also change the particular app icons on the Nova home screen. Following are the steps to change a particular app icon:
Changing individual app icons using the Nova launcher is an easy-to-use option to mix and use two or more icon packs. The process and steps to change individual icons are generally the same on all third-party launchers.
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