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How to change app icons in iOS 14 on iPhone

how to change app icons on iphone

Following the launch of iOS 14, you might’ve seen some iPhone users showing off colorful new app icons on social media.

Using your own photos, you too can design a stylish iPhone home screen. Ready to know more? Let’s jump in and take a look at how to change app icons on iPhone with Shortcuts.


  • When you tap on the customized app icons, Shortcuts will open and then the main app. Update: In iOS 14.3, the apps open directly from the home screen without first launching Shortcuts. We hope this stays in the final public release.
  • These customized app icons won’t show Notification Badges – those tiny red dots in the app icons’ corner with a number inside them.

It’s a good idea to have the custom app icons/pictures saved to Photos or Files. You can get aesthetic app icons from websites like Icons8, Pinterest, etc.

How to change the app icons in iOS 14 Home Screen

  1. Open Shortcuts. Make sure you’re in the My Shortcuts tab.
  2. Tap the plus button in the top right, and then tap Add Action.
    open shortcuts app tap on plus in my shortcuts tab and then tap on add action on iphone
  3. Select ScriptingOpen App. Or, you may also search for ‘Open App’.
    tap on scripting and then tap on open app on iphone
  4. Now, tap on Choose and select the app icon you want to change.
    tap on choose and select app in shortcuts app on iphone
  5. Next, tap More (three dots) in the top right. Tap on Add to Home Screen.
    tap on more and then tap on add to home screen on iphone
  6. Tap on the shortcut icon and choose one of the three options: Choose File, Choose Photo, or Take Photo. If your image is saved in Photos, tap Choose Photo. Now, select the desired image and then tap Choose.
    select preferred option choose image and then tap on choose on iphone
  7. Optional but recommended: Rename the shortcut. Though you can give it any name, it would be convenient to use the app name.
  8. Finally, tap Add in the top right. Tap Done to finish.
    type name and tap on add to change app icon on iphone running ios 14

Your new icon is added to the home screen. Repeat the process for any other app you want.

The above method also works on iOS 13 and iPadOS.

Note: We’re not actually changing the app icon with these steps, just creating a shortcut to the desired app with a customized icon.

Now, to have a fully customized look, hide the original app from the home screen. All apps will still be viewable in the App Library. To do this, long press on the app icon → Remove AppRemove from Home Screen.

long press on app icon tap on remove app and then tap on remove from home screen on iphone

After you’re finished, only the custom icons show on the home screen, and the original app is available in the App Library. You can access them by swiping right on the last page of your home screen.

Now you know how to change app icons on your iPhone. Further, you can also use a combination of widgets to make your iPhone Home Screen even more visually appealing. You can also check out our list of best app icon packs and best third-party home screen widgets.

Using these customized app icons and widgets, people have created some unique iPhone Home screens. Take a look!


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