Android How To: Change The Icons On Your Home Screen

Android has been greatly improving its look and feel, with a colorful interface and very good looking icons from Android Lollipop on. However, it is impossible to please Greeks and Trojans at the same time, and not everyone like the icons that come in their Android devices. OEM's overlays are also another problem, as some of them don't match really well with the overall design of the system. Well, just like anything on Android, this "problem" has several easy solutions, and this is why we love the openness of this system so much. First of all, you can always install a third party launcher that has icon packs, or it is also possible to change individual icons in case you are ok with the default or current launcher on your phone. Today our Android How To will teach you how to easily change icons individually.

There's one neat app called Icon Changer, which is available for free in the Play Store and is very easy to use. After opening it, just tap in the middle to start the process, as you will see a list of all your apps. Choose the unwanted one by tapping on it, and you will be taken to the customization screen. You can choose pre-installed icons or even an image saved on your gallery. This means you can download custom icons from the internet, or put a photo of your cat there, although we don't think it would look good. Moving on, it is also possible to decorate the icon by changing the size, customizing the color and edges, etc. More over, you can also change the name of the icon.

As said previously, the app is free to use, but it comes with the beloved ads. If you want to remove them, there's an in-app purchase worth $1.99, nothing exaggerated. It is important to mention that this method for changing icons only affects those icons that you put on your home screen. As such, the icons in the app drawer will still look the same old same. If you want to teak things even further, launchers like Nova Launcher also make it easy. Specifically with Nova, you can just press and hold on an icon and tap "Edit" on the menu that will show up, where you can do basically the same changes as with Icon Changer, including altering the name. Check out the app on the source link below.

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Muni Perez

Brazilian living in beautiful Rio, I have been an Android user since 2011 and love the openness of the system. Avid for mobile devices and technology in general, I'm also a merchant marine student, web developer and an aircraft pilot.