Personalize Your iPhone: How to Change App Icons

Your iPhone is a reflection of your personality, and customizing its appearance can make it truly unique. One way to personalize your device is by changing the app icons. Apple introduced the ability to customize app icons with iOS 14 and later versions. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of changing app icons on your iPhone.

Why Change App Icons?

Changing app icons allows you to create a personalized and visually appealing home screen. You can organize your apps based on themes, aesthetics, or just to have a different look that suits your style. This customization offers a refreshing change from the default icons and can make your iPhone stand out.

Step-by-Step Guide to Changing App Icons:

Before we begin, please note that while you can change the app icons, you’re essentially creating shortcuts to the apps. The original app will still exist on your device. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Choose an Icon Set

Decide on the app icons you want to use. You can opt for a monochromatic theme, vibrant colors, minimalistic design, or any other aesthetic that appeals to you. There are various sources for custom app icons, including app icon packs available in the App Store or images you can find online.

Step 2: Download a Custom App Icon Pack (Optional)

If you don’t want to create your own custom icons, you can download app icon packs from the App Store. Several apps offer a wide range of icon packs in various styles. Some popular options include “Aesthetic App Icons” and “App Icons – Themes and Icons.”

Step 3: Use the Shortcuts App

To change app icons, you’ll need to create shortcuts for each app with the custom icon. Follow these steps:

a. Open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone. If it’s not already installed, you can download it from the App Store.

b. Tap the “+” button in the top right corner to create a new shortcut.

c. Tap “Add Action” to set up the action for your shortcut.

d. In the search bar, type “Open App” and select it from the results.

e. Tap “Choose” and select the app you want to change the icon for. This will set the action to open that app.

Step 4: Configure the Shortcut

After setting up the action, you’ll need to configure the shortcut:

a. Tap the three dots (ellipsis) in the top right corner to access the shortcut’s settings.

b. Tap “Add to Home Screen.”

c. In the “New Shortcut” screen, you can customize the shortcut’s name. This is the name that will appear under the app icon on your home screen.

d. Tap the app icon image to upload a custom image. You can choose from your camera roll or the custom icons you’ve downloaded. Select the custom app icon you want to use.

Step 5: Add the Shortcut to Your Home Screen

After configuring the shortcut, you can add it to your home screen:

a. Tap “Add” in the top right corner.

b. The shortcut with the custom app icon will now appear on your home screen. You can move it to your preferred location just like any other app icon.

Step 6: Hide the Original App

To keep your home screen organized, you may want to hide the original app icon. To do this:

a. Press and hold the app icon you want to hide until the icons start jiggling.

b. Tap the “x” button that appears in the top left corner of the app icon to delete it.

Repeat for Each App Icon:

You’ll need to repeat the process for each app icon you want to change. It might take some time, but the result is a personalized home screen that suits your style.


Changing app icons on your iPhone allows you to personalize your device and create a unique and aesthetically pleasing home screen. Whether you opt for a custom app icon pack or create your own, this process gives you the opportunity to make your iPhone truly yours. Enjoy the freedom of customization and show off your style to the world.

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