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One of the hype-catching changes for iPhone users presented by Apple with iOS 14 this autumn has been the ability to customize widgets and app icons on home screens. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to do it.

It seems in 2020 with its iOS 14, Apple made a huge leap to give users the freedom of personalization. Now it’s possible to change the looks of the home screen widgets and icons totally to the style of graphics or photos users want. So, users have plunged in search of aesthetic app icons and photos to boast of original screens they’ve created.

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Examples of home screens customized with Color Hand Drawn and Fluent System Filled app icons

Experiencing the spike of the search for pretty icons in Icons8 library, we’ve released a huge pack of diverse graphics for app icons to make the process of search easier and faster for you. And below you will find the detailed step-by-step guide on how to add a custom app icon.

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Let’s go through the process of setting custom app icons on your home screen via Shortcuts.

How to Add Custom App Icons to iPhone Home Screen

1. Go to Shortcuts.

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2. Press the Plus button in the top right corner.

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3. On the New Shortcut screen, press the More (Three Dots) Button in the top right corner.

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4. You need to reach actions. Use the search field to do it quickly.

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5. Type in Open App into the search field to reach it quickly. That’s what is going to help you set the custom graphics for app icons.

 

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6. Start Open App and press Choose.

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7. Here you can search for the app you want to set a custom icon for.

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8. Choose the app – we’ve chosen Music. And press Three Dots button in the top right corner again.

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9. Give Shortcut a name.

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10. Tap the tab Add to Home Screen.

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11. And this is it! The moment you can choose the custom image for the app icon. Tap the icon in the tab Home Screen Name and Icons.

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12. Choose the image from the Gallery (we’ve downloaded the icons from our Fluent pack).

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13. Tap the needed icon and press Choose.

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14. Now your Music app got the custom icon. Tap its tab.

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15. Tap Add to finalize the shortcut customization.

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17. Press Done and enjoy the original looks of your iPhone home screen!

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And here are the examples of iPhone home screens with custom icons in different design styles.

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Aesthetic app icons in iOS Glyph style

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Aesthetic app icons in Hand Drawn Color style

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Aesthetic app icons in Fluent System Filled style

Don’t miss a big pack of graphics in different styles, aka “aesthetic” app icons – check and download the ones you like to make your home screens look original in no time!

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Check our collection with diverse examples of how iPhone users unleashed their creativity and customized their home screen widgets and icons and check the tons of icons in 30+ styles to customize yours. 

Try tools for creators by the Icons8 team:

Icons8 Icons8, a library of about 130K+ icons and clip art images
Offline app icons8 Offline app and plugins to drag’n’drop icons and clip art to any design tools
Moose Moose, the big collection of high-quality stock photos
illustrations Ouch! , a library of vector illustrations and collages
Background Remover Background Remover, AI-based online tool for removing background from any photo
Mega Creator Mega Creator, online tool for creating visual content from pre-made elements
Fugue Fugue, royalty free music for videos of any kind
Lunacy Lunacy, free graphic design software with built-in design resources
Smart Upscaler Smart Upscaler, image upscaler to enlarge and enhance images using AI
Generated Photos Generated Photos, unique, worry-free model photos generated by AI
Also, get the lists of free vector software and free photo editing software.
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