How to easily change app icons on Android

How to easily change app icons on Android
If you do not like the default icons that your Android apps have, there are at least a couple of ways to change them. We're not talking about changing entire icon packs here, but about individual app icons that can be customized to your heart's desire.

There are two ways to change individual app icons on an Android device: by installing a custom launcher, or - if you like your current launcher and don't want to use another one - by installing an app that does just that: changes icons. Let's check out the latter method first, since it's the easiest, and won't completely change the way your UI looks like.

A good application that enables you to change individual app icons is rightfully called Icon Changer, and can be downloaded from Google Play. Once you've installed Icon Changer on your Android device, open it up, and you can start changing app icons - either with other icons that are pre-installed, or with custom ones made out of photos available in your gallery. Icon Changer is free, but contains ads (quite many of them). If you want an ad-free version of the app, you can buy it for $1.99.

As for changing app icons using launchers, this obviously requires you to first download and install a launcher. While not every third-party launcher lets you do this, many of the popular ones (including Nova, Apex, or GO) will make it very easy for you to change app icons. In the slideshow below, you'll see how simple it is to change icons with Nova launcher.

Note that both methods mentioned above only change the icons of app shortcuts that you can put on the homescreen - so if you're looking in the app drawer, apps will still have their original icons.


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13 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

That's... Nice!

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

"Note that both methods mentioned above only change the icons of app shortcuts that you can put on the homescreen - so if you're looking in the app drawer, apps will still have their original icons." That's untrue. With nova and an icon pack, the changes are everywhere in launcher, including app drawer.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

That's only if you set the icon pack as default/main under Nova settings. If you download an icon pack, but only change the icons on the home screen manually like mentioned in the article, the icons in the app drawer will stay as the default icons.

4. Jango

Posts: 371; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

1. "...(both methods) MENTIONED ABOVE..." being the key words. They did not give a step by step in the methods 'mentioned above' in the body of the text. They then proceeded to do so later and below the text. Stop being pedantic. Tyrion got it right. 2. Why would you make an article and only describe a limited and more arduous method of changing icons when you can change it more intuitively and in one step?

5. GeekMovement unregistered

"In the slideshow below, you'll see how simple it is to change icons with Nova launcher." That was "mentioned above" the key words. I never claimed that Tyrion was wrong, he's correct, I was only clarifying what PA posted in their article. You're correct with your second point, but you never know when there may be instances when changing icons like that is useful. (-:

7. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

That's why I like custom roms as well. With the CM Theme engine, icons are changed on a system level. So you see them in the share to function, in the app settings, everywhere

8. TyrionLannister unregistered

You can do them on stock software of Sony, htc and Samsung phones too.

9. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I didn't know that, they came a long way :) Thought it was on the homescreen and app drawer only. Will play around with my sister's Z5 for a while tonight. Does the theme engine of those brands theme apps too? Like Hangouts, Whatsapp, Keep, etc? Or just the basic ones like the dialer and contacts?

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't think you can theme 3rd party apps. Can you do that on CM?

11. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Yup, not sure which ones though. But you can theme most Google apps, like G+ and Hangouts. Also Whatsapp. It lets you change the nav buttons too. As well as the boot animation, font and such. There's also an app (themeDIY) where you can make your own theme, but that one is limited to colors only, so you can't change the shape/form for switches for instance.

13. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

If you look at the Coalfield theme, it has themed: • Screener • Chrome • Playstore • Google+ • Hangouts • Youtube • Play Music • Dialer • Keyboard (AOSP&Google) • Pushbullet • Shuttle Music Player • Cabinet • Spotify ... and many, many more! (60+)

6. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Been using that app for a while. I freaking love it. You can make anything an icon. Download any png image and set it as an icon. Love it!

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

That's quite fun to have!

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