How to create custom app icons on iPhone

With the launch of iOS 14, Apple finally gave users more control over their home screen. One of the coolest features of the update is that users can create custom app icons or even rename them to change the look of their iPhone.

Creating custom icons on your device isn’t actually doing that, in fact, what you are doing is creating new Shortcuts that trigger the launch of an app, and using a custom image for that shortcut that then lives on your home screen instead. However, the process is relatively simple and is a fun way to switch up your home screen.

How to create custom app icons on iPhone

Learn how to create custom app icons on iPhone

Here’s how to create custom app icons on iPhone in a few simple steps:

  1. Launch Shortcuts and tap the My Shortcuts tab on the bottom-left corner.
  2. Tap the plus button (+) to create a new shortcut.
  3. Tap Add Action and type Open app in the search bar. Tap on the action to add it.
    How to create custom app icons on iPhone
  4. Search and tap on the app you want to open.
  5. Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.
  6. Tap Add to Home Screen and add a name to your shortcut name > tap on Done. How to create custom app icons on iPhone
  7. Go to the previous screen and tap the shortcut.
  8. Tap on Add to Home Screen. On the next page, tap on the shortcut’s icon and select Choose Photo.
  9. Tap Add. How to create custom app icons on iPhone

Make sure to remove the original app icon from your home screen in order to prevent duplication. We hope this guide helped you learn how to create custom app icons on iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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