How to Change iPhone App Icons on new iOS 14 with Shortcuts App

iOS 14 has been rolled out globally recently and iPhone users have been exploring the new customization options which Apple has provided with its latest update. For a company that has been adamant about its home screen designs and allowing minimal customization for users, it is surprising that Apple has given users the freedom to change the looks of their iPhones however they want. From the App Library to flexible widgets, iOS 14 comes along with a number of ways for users to change their device, however, arguably the best customization option given to iPhone users is the ability to change app icons. Read below to know how to change app icons on iOS 14.

Change icons on iOS 14 

Users now can change the app icons for their iPhones to however they want but there is a small catch. Instead of using third-party applications or jailbreaking to do the same, users need to access the 'Shortcuts' option available in iOS 14's settings. The Shortcuts option will allow users to create a getaway for any particular application and customize it however they want it later. But, the new customized app icon will actually lead users to the Shortcuts setting first and then to the application. This could marginally be time-consuming for some but is ultimately the only option to change the app icons without bricking devices. Follow the step-by-step tutorial given below to change the app icons in iOS 14 


How to change app icons on iOS 14?

Instead of directly changing icon packs that require root-level file system access, we will use Apple’s Shortcuts app that helps you create shortcuts for particular apps that can then be customized in your way. The only downside to this workaround is the fact that the new icon will open Shortcuts first and then the app that you linked to it. This might be a dealbreaker for some users but it is currently the only way to customize icons on an iOS device.

               Download the Shortcuts app on your iOS device and launch the app.

 


Now tap on the ‘+’ in the top right corner of your screen.


                                                                Tap on ‘Add action’.


                                                 Now search for ‘Open app’ in the search bar.


Scroll down and tap on ‘Open App’ under the Actions section.


The action will now be added to your new shortcut. Tap on ‘Choose’ as shown below.



You will now get a list of all the apps installed on your device. Find the app you wish to change the icon for and tap on it to select it. For this example, we will be using Filmic Pro.




Once the app has been added to the shortcut action, tap on the ‘3-dot’ menu icon in the top right corner.


Now add a name for your shortcut. This name will only be used to identify the action in the Shortcuts app so you can customize the name to your liking.


Now tap on ‘Add to Home Screen’.


Enter the name for your home screen icon under ‘Home Screen Name and Icon’. We recommend you use the official app name if you are going for the official look.


Now that you have entered the name, tap on the icon beside the text field.


Tap on ‘Choose Photo’.



You will now get the option to crop your icon. Select the desired dimensions based on your preference and once you are done, tap on ‘Choose’ in the bottom right corner of your screen.


Finally, tap on ‘Add’ at the top right corner of y

Tap the icon to launch the app and the app you chose should now be open.our screen.


Once the app is added to your home screen, tap on ‘Done’ in the top right corner again.


Now go to your home screen and you should have the new App icon available on your home screen.



Tap the icon to launch the app and the app you chose should now be open.

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