How to install icon packs on Android without root or third-party launcher

How to install icon packs on Android without root or third-party launcher
Just look at these icon packs for Android. They're simply gorgeous. Not to mention that, sooner rather than later, most of us get tired even with stuff we initially were largely impressed with. When it comes to smartphones, we've found that changing things around the homescreens is a good way to get your monthly fix of freshness.

Unfortunately, that usually requires a rather major commitment. Sure, you can easily install a third-party launcher (an app that controls the feel, functionality, and look of homescreens and the app drawer), but these are not everybody's cup of tea -- some just want the default, stock launcher that comes with their specific device. And of course, most people don't want to render their warranties invalid, so rooting is usually out of the question. 

Well, all of this is about to change, thanks to a brand-new app available for free on the Play Store: Beautiful Icon Styler (Trial). Beautiful Icon Styler allows you to apply any icon pack compatible with the Apex/Nova launchers (so pretty much every one), without needing root or any specific launcher. Indeed, you can freshen up your Nexus device's stock icon set with a download and a few quick clicks. Don't worry, though, the app is also compatible with a number of other default launchers, including Samsung's, Motorola's, and LG's, though keep in mind you only get 3 tries before having to cough up $0.99 for unlimited icon swaps (or you can refer two friends and get it for free!). Let us show you how!

Note: Due to limitations in Android, this Beautiful Icon Styler will only change the look of your icons on the homesceren. The app drawer remains unchanged. 



1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I've seen fools claiming tiles are more beautiful than android UI.

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

number 5 pack is awesome on picture 10 !!!

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Have u ever heard of personal preferences?? u didn't.....fool And who said android ui is bad? There are only few OEM like lg and samsung(old ui) and some others who had put android icons to shame....if u talk about them, they are ugly

17. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So Touchwiz and LG's UI are ugly but WP isn't? Are you trying to compete for the best joke of the year?

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

WP have a unique ui compared to others. In my opinion WP's tile ui is basically widgets (currently not intractable) in a uniform. WP is not much customisable like android but better than ios. One can get ui boring after using WP or iOS. But android is all about customisability. U can make it look like anything including wp/ios without rooting. But WP does provide a unique experience. In the end its all about personal preference. mine is 1st WP metro ui and android stock ui. Then sense ui(HTC) then Sony ui followed by touchwiz and lg ui.

2. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I find it odd that Android fans, the very ones who whinge bitterly about the iPhone being nothing more than a vacuous status symbol, would spend so much time and effort on the appearance of their phones and icons. The very people d*cking around 'customising' their phones are the air-headed nitwits of this world who are obsessed with appearance. Buy a phone based on it's utility, not what it looks or can look like already.

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

In this world,you are free to choose whatever the f*ck you like. => If you can customize the appearance of your phone,that means you can have whatever the f*ck you like. But you can always choose the other way and have the phone not customize anything. These are just options for different people. You can do what you want and have an opinion on things,so can every other person - freedom of speech.

6. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

It's fair game if you ask me given the amount of trashing Apple users get.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

apple users get fair amount of trashing bcoz usually they are apple users just bcoz its apple not bcoz they choose it out of its features, hardware or any other functionality.. "ooO its apple, ooO iphone"... I just say in my heart what apple? What iphone? you dumb

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Because WE CAN!! iJellyBoy

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Because WE CAN!! iJellyBoy

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I did buy a phone based on utility, which is why I buy Androids I can customize. I got my clock and main apps on my home screen, and to the left and right I have media widgets, gmail, weather, etc. With a simple swipe up, I can access settings, with a swipe down (from anywhere, I don't have to reach for the notification bar) I can drop my notification panel. Double swipe down brings me to my app drawer. All customizable to the way I want it to work, not the way some dead douche thought it should work. You make an idiotic argument anyway. Theming one's phone isn't about how it appears to others, it's about how it appears to onesself. Most people don't even bother with 3rd party icon packs or themers or launchers. But at least Android HAS these options.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Your homescreen setup is almost same as mine. :-D

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

NOOOOOO, that can't BE!!! I have to be a different and unique air-headed nitwit! Because Androids aren't about utility, they're about appearance!

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Besides, customizing my screen and interface is all I got. I ain't rocking my plastic $120 Galaxy Light in a plain black TPU case because it's a sexy status symbol, I'm using it because it's a miniature LTE-powered beast that cost me very little while I wait for a OnePlus One invite. Now THERE's a phone that combines the air-headed nitwitry of customization with utility into a vacuous status symbol!

12. bparkerson unregistered

I do this because I enjoy it. It has become a very inexpensive hobby that you can only perform to this level on Android. Part of the customization is so that it performs and is accessible to the way I use my device, therefore increasing it's utility and usability. Understand not everyone is as closed minded as you and can appreciate both form and function.

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012's because we want our phone to look like what we want it to be.... We don't care about what others thinks of... We want to have refresh every now and then... We have control over our phone...unlike yours...

20. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

There's a big difference between thinking something looks great without much thought (iPhone) and thinking something looks great because you took the time to customize it to your individual tastes. The criticism against Apple users isn't that they only care about looks it's that they value looks over individuality.

18. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Symbian Belle icons FTW! I might download this on my Nexus 5 just for the Belle icons. :)

19. maxmppower unregistered

Just check out the Pokeball one.

21. davidmanvell

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I cannot find this app in the Play store. Can anyone help me locate it?

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