Add custom application icons to the home screen, iOS 14

As the trend to personalize your Home screen becomes popular after the release of iOS 14, some users choose to add custom app icons to their Home screen using the Shortcuts app.

Personalized home screen posted by @ BenZhu8. Custom cloud icons from 8 icons.

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Replacing the default application icons with images of your choice allows you to freely customize the look of your Home screen. Before following this guide, you will need to find or create an image for your new app icon on the Home screen, and many other styles are available for download online.

The following steps explain how you can add a custom icon, for any application of your choice, to the Home screen. The process effectively involves creating a shortcut to open an app and then adding an image to that shortcut on the Home screen.

But before you embark on this plan, you must understand that there are two major limitations in this technique.

Limits :

– By tapping on custom application icons, launch shortcuts first, then the application.

– No notification badges

If you think that being kicked to and from the Shortcuts app every time you open an app with a custom icon is a nuisance, it may be best to only create shortcuts for apps that you use infrequently, or not at all. all.

Shortcuts can be a complex application to use, as they allow users to create multi-step processes to run on their device, but in this case, the shortcut involves only one basic component.

1- Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad.
2- Press the + icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
3- Tap Add an action.

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1- Use the text field to search for Open application.
2- Select Open application.
3- Tap Choose.

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1- Use the search for the application whose icon you want to change and select it.
2- Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner.
3- Tap Add to home screen.

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1- Tap the placeholder application icon.
2- From the drop-down menu, select Take Photo, Choose Photo, or Choose File, depending on the location of the icon image of your replacement application.
3- Select your replacement image.
4- In the text field, rename the application as you want it to appear on the home screen.
5- Tap Add.

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1- Finished tap. Your shortcut is now created.
2- Return to the home screen.

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If you already had the app on your home screen, you will now have two icons. In order to keep only your newly created icon, simply move the old icon to the app library. You should not remove the original application.

Since this process can be time consuming, especially when it includes finding or creating custom icons, you probably won’t want to do this for every application.

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