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Sometimes an app’s icon just doesn’t look right on your homescreen. For example, let’s say — just for the sake of argument — that the icon for a social networking app was switched from a pretty blue bird to a rather stark “X.” Could you change that icon?
The answer is yes — it’s doable using Apple’s built-in Shortcuts app. You actually won’t be replacing the app’s official icon. Rather, you’ll be creating a separate shortcut that leads to the app. It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but in the end, you can have a fully customized iPhone homescreen.
Here’s how you do it:
- Before you begin, it’s a good idea to find an icon for your new shortcut. There are a bunch of icon sources online ( Flaticon , for example), or if you’re artistic and / or ambitious, you can create your own. Whether you use someone else’s or your own, it’s easiest to save the image to Photos.
- Okay, let’s begin. Find and tap on the Shortcuts app. It’s pre-installed; if you can’t see it immediately on your homescreen, swipe left until you’re at the App Library and start typing “Shortcuts” into the top search bar.
- Once you’re in the app, tap on the plus sign in the upper-right corner.
- On the top of the screen, you’ll see that your new shortcut will be named something like “New Shortcut 1.” If you’d rather have your own name, tap on the arrow next to it and select Rename .
- Once you’ve got your shortcut named, tap on the Add Action button below the name.
- You’ll find yourself on a page that, at first glance, may seem a bit confusing. Basically, you’re looking at all the various things that you can do with Shortcuts. While it would be worth it to spend some time here and try out some customizations, right now, what we want to do is change your app icon.
- Type Open app in the search bar and then tap on the Open App link that will show up.
- Tap on the word App that appears (rather faintly) next to the word Open in the search bar.
- You’ll see a list of your phone’s apps; pick the one you want to customize. The name of the app will now be next to the word Open .
- If you are using iOS 16, tap Done in the upper-right corner. You’ll be taken back to your shortcut page. (If you’re using the iOS 17 public beta, you can go directly to the next step.)
- Select the information icon (an “i” in a circle) at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap Add to Home Screen .
- You’ll now see a preview of the icon (which will be a standard, uninteresting icon that Shortcuts automatically adds). Don’t worry — we’re going to make it better.
- Tap on the icon under Home Screen Name and Icon . You’ll have the choice of either taking a photo, choosing a photo, or choosing a file. Assuming you’ve already saved an image in Photo, tap on Choose Photo and select the photo you want to use.
- If you’ve chosen an existing photo, a highlighted area will indicate what part of the photo will appear as an icon; you can move the photo around until you’re happy with the section indicated. Tap Choose in the lower-right corner.
- Now, you’ll see your new icon. If you haven’t added a name for your new shortcut, you can still do it here by typing the name next to the icon.
- All ready? Tap Add in the upper right corner.
- You should see your new customized icon on your homescreen. Congrats!
You can also hide the original app icon so you’ll just have the new one visible. (You don’t want to delete it completely, of course; that would delete the app.)
- Long-press on your wallpaper until all your icons start wiggling. Tap on the minus sign of the app you want to hide.
- On the pop-up menu, tap Remove from Home Screen . The original icon won’t be deleted, just hidden; you can always find it in the App Library.
One note: when you use your new icon to go to the app, you will occasionally get a small drop-down notice that tells you what the original app is called and reminds you of the fact that it is a shortcut. But the drop-down will only last for a second or two, so it shouldn’t be much of a bother.
Update July 31st, 2023, 3:02PM ET: This article was originally published on June 13th, 2021; it has been updated to accommodate changes in iOS 16 and the iOS 17 public beta.
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How to use custom app icons on your iphone and ipad.
Tired of seeing the same default app icons on your iPhone or iPad? Using this trick, you can change them to anything you like!
How does it work, preparing a replacement icon image, "replace" iphone and ipad app icons with custom designs.
If you're tired of seeing the same old app icons on your iPhone or iPad home screen, you can customize their look by creating new ones and "replacing" them. The trick is possible using Apple's Shortcuts app, which allows you to use any image as an icon.
Currently, it's not possible to truly replace an app's icon on an iPhone or iPad. Instead, you can achieve a similar result by using the Shortcuts app. We'll be creating a custom shortcut that opens an app and then using a custom image as its icon on the home screen.
This technique has been possible since the introduction of Shortcuts in iOS 12 , but it became popular following the release of iOS 14 , which allows you to officially hide home screen icons in your App Library .
iPhone owners running iOS 12 or iOS 13---or iPad owners with iPadOS 12 or 13---can do this same trick and place the original icons they don't want to see in folders to tuck them out of the way .
Before we begin, you'll need to decide which app icon you're replacing, and you'll need to locate or create the image you'd like to replace it with.
The ideal replacement icon will be a perfectly square image of about 512 x 512 pixels in size, although you'll have the opportunity to crop any image to a square shape in the steps ahead. For this example, we've created a simple purple mail icon in an image editor by using a simple envelope outline.
For your custom icon, you can use any image or photo you'd like as long as it's in your device's photo library. Try searching Google for custom icon designs and saving them, or you can draw your own icon and transfer it to your iPhone or iPad using AirDrop .
Related: How to Instantly Share Files with AirDrop on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
First, open the "Shortcuts" app. If you don't see it on your home screen, swipe downward with one finger in the middle of your screen to open Spotlight search . Type "shortcuts" into the search bar that appears and then tap the "Shortcuts" icon.
In the Shortcuts app, if you see the "Shortcuts" overview screen, tap the "My Shortcuts" tab and then select "All Shortcuts."
On the "All Shortcuts" page, tap the "+" button.
Next, you'll see a "New Shortcut" page where you add the steps to the automation, sort of like a computer program. We're going to add a single step that opens an app. Tap the "Add Action" button.
When the actions panel appears, choose the "Scripting" option.
In the "Scripting" panel, select "Open App."
Back on the new shortcut page, locate the box for the "Open App" action. Tap "Choose."
In the "Choose App" panel that appears, select the search bar and type the name of the app you'd like to launch when you tap your custom icon. Then tap the app's name in the results list. You can choose any app on your iPhone or iPad.
Next, tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner. On an iPad, these dots are at the very top-center of the screen beside the "New Shortcut" name.
A "Details" panel will appear. First, tap "Shortcut Name" and name the shortcut anything you'd like, so it will be labeled properly in the Shortcuts app. Then tap "Add to Home Screen."
In the panel that pops up, locate the "Home Screen Name and Icon" section. Select the placeholder icon to the left of "New Shortcut."
In the context menu that pops up, select "Choose Photo."
Using the photo selection panel that appears, locate and choose the photo in your library you'd like to use as your new custom app icon. After you select it, you'll have a chance to crop it to fit the square ratio of a standard app icon.
After that, tap the "New Shortcut" name. Enter the label you'd like to use for the icon on your home screen. Ideally, this will be the name of the app icon you're replacing, such as "Safari" or "Mail."
Finally, tap the "Add" button and your shortcut will be added to your home screen.
Once the custom icon is on your home screen, you can move the app icon wherever you like, including the Dock. To run the app, tap the shortcut icon you just created.
If you'd like to hide the original app icon (and you're running iOS 14 or later), enter Jiggle mode by pressing and holding a blank area of your home screen and then move the icon to your App Library .
If you're running iOS 12 or iOS 13, or using an iPad (which does not have an App Library), you can "hide" the original app icon by moving it to a folder that you can place on a different screen.
Related: How to Move iPhone Apps From a Home Screen to the App Library
The only downside of this technique is that when launching an app through your shortcut, you first make a quick detour through the Shortcuts app before the actual app appears. At the moment, this is a necessary drawback, but the behavior may change in a future update. Have fun customizing your device!
The Best iPhone Cases
A good case is a wise investment for your iPhone. Even the least expensive iPhone is pricey, and the right case offers protection against scratches, dings, and cracks—and allows you to personalize your phone—often without adding much bulk or changing how you use your device. Whether you’re looking for a case to conveniently attach to various accessories throughout your day or seeking the most protection possible, we’ve tested hundreds of iPhone cases and can recommend the right one to fit your needs.
Best basic case for any iphone: smartish gripmunk, best leather cases: apple leather case and mujjo full leather case, best wallet case for all iphones: smartish wallet slayer vol. 1, best clear cases for all iphones: smartish gripmunk nothin’ to hide and spigen liquid crystal, protective cases we recommend: smartish gripzilla, speck presidio pro, and speck presidio grip, best folio case for the iphone 11 and iphone x: speck presidio folio, the thinnest cases we recommend: caudabe veil and caudabe the sheath, best accessory-friendly cases: peak design everyday, moment, and quad lock, best battery cases: apple smart battery case and mophie juice pack air.
- Smartish Gripmunk with MagSafe for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripmunk with MagSafe for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripmunk for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripmunk for iPhone 11 , 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripmunk for iPhone X , XS , XS Max , XR
- Smartish Gripmunk for iPhone SE (2nd generation) , 8 , 8 Plus , 7 , 7 Plus
The Smartish Gripmunk is a reliable choice for anyone seeking a simple, durable, and protective case generally available for $10 to $15. It has been our favorite case for every iPhone model since the iPhone 7, and although it isn’t particularly flashy, it is dependable. The case is flexible enough to allow for an easy installation, but it won’t stretch out or pull off over time. It also offers finger grooves on the edges that help improve grip, plus excellent shock absorption. Though every accident is different, we’ve dropped iPhones wearing this case dozens of times and never damaged their bodies. You’re unlikely to find a case of this quality at a lower price.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Visually, the Smartish Gripmunk isn’t the most exciting case out there, but Amazon offers a “secret menu” with a handful of patterns you can have printed on the back of the case; another alternative is to upload your own images or text on the Smartish website for more personalization. Note that the Gripmunk doesn’t protect against every impact—no case truly can—but if you want to be extra safe, check out our protective picks for every iPhone model .
Read more about the Smartish Gripmunk in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Apple Leather Case with MagSafe for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Apple Leather Case with MagSafe for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
- Apple Leather Case with MagSafe for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
- Apple Leather Case for iPhone 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Apple Leather Case for iPhone XS , XS Max
- Apple Leather Case for iPhone SE (2nd generation) , 8 , 8 Plus , 7 , 7 Plus
For those who prefer the look and feel of leather, we’ve found Apple’s Leather Case to be notably better than those of any other brand we’ve tested over the years. It’s the thinnest, most attractive leather case available, and it offers as much protection as you could hope for from this style. The iPhone 12, 13, and 14 versions conveniently include MagSafe, and we love the color options for this case across all models. No leather case will last forever, but Apple’s material feels premium and provides a solid grip.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Among Wirecutter staffers, we’ve found that the lifespan of the Apple Leather Case is about one year. Around that time, the underlying plastic starts to show through, and what starts out as handsome weathering becomes ratty and torn up. Leather wears more obviously than plastic, so don’t expect this case to keep its day-one appearance for long. Apple also discloses that if you use MagSafe accessories with it, you will see slight imprints in the case over time.
Apple no longer sells an iPhone X–specific version of the Leather Case. The iPhone XS model fits the iPhone X but with a small gap (of less than a millimeter) underneath the camera “bump.” If that bothers you, this may not be the right case for your 2017 iPhone X, but no other leather case makes fewer trade-offs.
- Mujjo Full Leather Case for iPhone 11
Because Apple doesn’t make a leather case for the iPhone 11, we recommend the Mujjo Full Leather Case ; it isn’t quite as good as Apple’s Leather Case, but it is the best you’ll find for this model. The Mujjo case’s design is extremely similar to that of the Apple case, with slightly rough but supple leather on the outside, microfiber on the inside, and an open bottom edge. It also has a matte finish that feels just as nice.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The button covers on the Mujjo Full Leather Case are molded into the leather rather than inserted as metal accents, which makes the buttons feel squishier than we’d like. Still, it’s a great case with a slim and understated look. We used to recommend this case for the iPhone XR, but it’s since been discontinued.
Read more about the Apple Leather Case and the Mujjo Full Leather Case in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone 13 , 13 mini, 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone 11 , 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone X , XS , XS Max , XR
- Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 for iPhone SE (2nd generation) , 8 , 8 Plus , 7 , 7 Plus
Anyone looking to combine their wallet with their iPhone should consider the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 case. It does a great job of keeping your cards (up to three) protected and in place, and it can also accommodate some cash. The case’s molded plastic design fits well in the hand, and you don’t have to worry about it deforming over time—the Wallet Slayer maintains its shape and thickness no matter how full (or empty) it is.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 is certainly as bulky as you might expect a wallet case to be, but we don’t think it feels overly thick. People with tighter pockets may want to consider something slimmer ; this case is also too thick to work with most Qi wireless chargers and MagSafe chargers.
Read more about the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Smartish Gripmunk Nothin’ to Hide with MagSafe for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripmunk Nothin’ to Hide with MagSafe for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
Apple’s most recent generations of iPhones come in an array of striking body colors such as pale pink, cherry red, and navy blue, but unfortunately, none of those shades are visible from the front. If you don’t want to cover up the bold color on the back of your new phone but still need the protection of a good case, the Nothin’ to Hide is a clear variant of our favorite basic case for the iPhone 13 and 14 series. It’s identical in every way regarding size and design, but it’s made of hard plastic rather than the more rubber-like TPU of the basic Gripmunk.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Over time, every clear case will turn yellow to some degree, and the Nothin’ to Hide is no exception. We’ve seen claims of “anti-yellowing technology” over the years, but we’ve never found a transparent case that hasn’t become a bit grimy over time.
- Spigen Liquid Crystal for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
- Spigen Liquid Crystal for iPhone 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Spigen Liquid Crystal for iPhone XS Max , XR
- Spigen Liquid Crystal for iPhone SE (2nd generation) , 8 , 7
For iPhones older than the 13 series, the Spigen Liquid Crystal has been our favorite transparent case for years. It’s simple and protective, and it has air pockets in the corners for drop protection. The inside is lined with small dots to prevent the water-like splotches that can appear when a case sticks to the phone’s glass back, and we like that fingerprints are less evident on the Liquid Crystal than on many other transparent cases.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Just like the Nothin’ to Hide, the Spigen Liquid Crystal will yellow over time. You may not notice the change in color until you compare your case directly with a brand-new one, and we think the Liquid Crystal is inexpensive enough to merit a replacement down the line. We used to recommend the Liquid Crystal for the iPhone 11, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus, but the case has been discontinued for those models.
Read more about the Smartish Gripmunk Nothin’ to Hide and the Spigen Liquid Crystal in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Smartish Gripzilla with MagSafe for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripzilla with MagSafe for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
- Smartish Gripzilla for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
If you tend to drop your phone a lot—or if you simply don’t want to take any risks when it comes to damage—the Smartish Gripzilla is the most protective case we recommend for the iPhone 12, 13 and 14. Deep grooves molded into the sides provide better grip for those who are more prone to dropping their devices. Despite its thickness, pressing the buttons remains easy, and the case works with both Qi and MagSafe chargers. Though no case can guarantee a damage-free fall, the air pockets inside the Gripzilla’s raised corners and its soft rubber interior provide strong shock absorption.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Smartish Gripzilla is bulky but not unreasonably so. It makes the phone about 50% thicker, adding ⅛ inch to the overall size.
- Speck Presidio Pro for iPhone 11 , 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Speck Presidio Pro for iPhone X , XS , XS Max
We love the Speck Presidio Pro for the iPhone 11 and iPhone X series because it holds up against drops better than most other cases that are bulkier and less attractive, and it’s reasonably priced. The Presidio Pro is built with a hard, matte-plastic exterior and lined with rubber. Shock-absorbent air pockets on the border help it provide more protection than thinner or more basic cases offer, though we still don’t recommend trying to test its limits on purpose.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Speck Presidio Pro is not the most protective case available, but it’s our favorite because it’s slightly more stylish than bulkier cases from other companies yet it still offers great defense against drops and other damage. If you’re looking for something truly bulletproof, consider a case from OtterBox or Urban Armor Gear. We used to recommend the Speck Presidio Pro for the iPhone XR, but it’s currently unavailable online.
- Speck Presidio Grip for iPhone 8 Plus , 7 Plus
The Speck Presidio Grip is the best protective case for older iPhone models, as well as for the SE. Like the Presidio Pro, it has hard plastic on the outside and rubber on the inside, but the Grip is built with raised ridges on the back to help prevent it from slipping out of your hand. If the unfortunate fall does happen, the Grip should armor your phone to withstand drops of as much as 10 feet—but again, no case is a true guarantee. We like that it comes in a range of color options, and we also appreciated that the phone’s buttons stayed nice and clicky through the case in our tests.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Many customer reviews complain that the Presidio Grip feels cheap compared with Speck’s previous CandyShell line. We disagree that it’s inferior, though it certainly feels different. We also prefer not to recommend protective cases that cost more than $25, but we found that the Presidio Grip was worth its price tag. We used to recommend the Presidio Grip for the iPhone SE, 7, and 8, but it’s since been discontinued.
Read more about the Smartish Gripzilla, the Speck Presidio Pro, and the Speck Presidio Grip in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Speck Presidio Folio for iPhone X , XS , XS Max , XR
We have yet to find a folio-case recommendation for the iPhone SE, iPhone 12, or iPhone 13. We will update this guide if we do.
If you like using your phone case in place of a wallet, and if you welcome an extra layer of screen protection, we recommend the Speck Presidio Folio case for the iPhone 11 and iPhone X series. In a category full of bulky options, it’s one of the thinnest folios we’ve ever tested, and it’s well designed from the case down to the folding cover. The Presidio Folio consists of hard plastic covered by waxed fabric, and it offers good button protection while still allowing for volume control even when the lid is closed. (Many other folio cases omit this feature.) The inside of the front cover features a little door that flips up to reveal a plastic card holder, a design that offers significantly more security for your cards compared with many other cases. Although it’s thicker than a basic case, it’s still compatible with Qi wireless charging.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The lid of the Presidio Folio case stays in place better than those of most other folios we tested, but it can still flop around a bit when you’re using your phone. We like the plastic pocket that protects and holds cards, but it does mean you have to take out the entire stack to access the card hidden in the back. We used to recommend the Speck Presidio Folio for the iPhone 11 series, but it’s since been discontinued.
Read more about the Speck Presidio Folio in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone X series.
- Caudabe Veil for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Caudabe Veil for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
- Caudabe Veil for iPhone 12 , 12 mini , 12 Pro , 12 Pro Max
- Caudabe Veil for iPhone 11 , 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
We used to recommend the Totallee Thin Case for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, but it’s since been discontinued. We’ll update this guide when we find a new case we like for the iPhone X series.
Typically, we advise looking for a case with some shock-absorbing qualities, but we also understand that some people are willing to sacrifice the extra protection in favor of a thin case. If you’re looking for the thinnest possible option for your iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 or 11, we recommend the Caudabe Veil . It’s similar to most other cases in this category, with the same molded plastic exterior and the same absence of shock-absorbing air pockets or button covers. However, it stands out from the competition with its textured surface, which provides more grip than on other cases that are totally smooth—and it doesn’t feel rough or uncomfortable to hold in any way.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: As with any ultrathin phone case, the Caudabe Veil isn’t likely to save your phone from breaking if you drop it; the Veil provides a little grip and can prevent scratches on the phone’s rear glass, but you should proceed only if you accept the risks. The Veil also comes in only two colors, which is a more limited selection than we prefer.
- Caudabe The Sheath for iPhone SE (2nd generation) , 8 , 8 Plus , 7 , 7 Plus
For the iPhone SE (2nd generation), the best superthin case is Caudabe’s The Sheath . It has both good coverage and an impressively thin build, and it offers a proper 1-millimeter lip around the phone’s screen.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Sheath provides decent coverage, but like other superthin cases, it offers no real drop protection.
Read more about the Caudabe Veil and Caudabe The Sheath in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Peak Design Everyday Case for iPhone 14 , 14 Plus , 14 Pro , 14 Pro Max
- Peak Design Everyday Case for iPhone 13 , 13 mini , 13 Pro , 13 Pro Max
If you want to swap accessories on the fly (or you think you might want to), Peak Design’s Everyday Case is a great option. It has a TPU border with small ridges along the inner edge that should help absorb damage from drops, a MagSafe-compatible magnet that works with all the MagSafe accessories we tested it with, and a mounting point on the back that securely grips all accessories in place. Some of these attachments include mounts for your car , motorcycle , and bike , as well as a tripod mounting system and wallet . The connection is strong enough that we have zero concerns about anything unintentionally falling out of place, and the case itself isn’t even noticeably thicker than our basic case pick .
Flaws but not dealbreakers: We don’t say this often, but there aren’t any flaws. This is a great case that performs well in every way we evaluate cases.
While the Everyday Case is a better pick for more casual accessory users, the Moment Case for iPhone 14 is aimed at mobile creators. This is a thin & rugged TPU case that still offers MagSafe support for magnetic accessories. Its lens attachments include snap-on filters, macro and anamorphic lenses, and even telephoto lenses to give the iPhone’s optical zoom a bigger boost. You’ll also find support for Moment’s grip handles and filmmaker cages to capture a variety of moments.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Like the Peak Design case, there aren’t really any flaws present with the moment case. It just might not be what you’re looking for.
- Quad Lock Case for iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, X, XS, XS Max, XR, SE (2nd generation), 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus
The Quad Lock is the best case you can buy if you enjoy using your iPhone while running or cycling, or if you need to position your phone for driving directions. The case’s sleek and clever design features an attachment mount on the back that can connect to a vast amount of accessories, including the Quad Lock Sports Armband , Car Mount , Bike Mount , Home/Office Desk Mount , and Tripod Adapter . If you use these types of accessories on a regular basis, the Quad Lock offers great protection without adding an unwieldy amount of bulk. Though some of its competitors are less expensive, we think the wider variety of mounts and accessories makes the Quad Lock worth the price.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Unfortunately, the Quad Lock is available only in black, and the thickness of the case can cause it to interfere with Qi wireless chargers and MagSafe chargers. The company sells a Wireless Charging Head for those who encounter issues, but it is expensive.
Read more about the Peak Design Everyday and Quad Lock in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 14 series , the iPhone 13 series , the iPhone 12 series , the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
- Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 , 11 Pro , 11 Pro Max
- Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR
Apple has yet to release a battery case for the iPhone 12 series.
If you find yourself constantly wearing out your iPhone battery but can’t—or don’t want to—carry a power bank, a battery case like Apple’s Smart Battery Case can add hours of life to your phone. It provides as much charge or more charge than you can get from any other similarly sized battery case, and it’s the only case that displays the charge level on the phone’s screen. It doesn’t look like a battery case from the front, but it does add thickness and weight. The iPhone 11 version offers a physical camera button on the side, and Apple’s battery cases are the only models that allow the passthrough Lightning port to work for power or audio—others allow only power.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Smart Battery Case is made of the same material as Apple’s Silicone Case, which is prone to picking up dust and lint and can be difficult to slide in and out of a pocket—a problem that is only made worse by the battery case’s added bulk. We used to recommend this case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but it’s been discontinued for these models.
- Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone X , XS
- Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 8 Plus , 7 Plus
Those looking for a battery case to match the iPhone X, XS, 8 Plus and 7 Plus should go with Mophie's Juice Pack Air . During our tests, the Mophie case provided an average charge of 45% from empty in just over an hour to the iPhone X, 60% of a full charge to the iPhone 7 Plus in just over an hour and a half, and about 62% to the 8 Plus. The case includes magnetic mounting and wireless-charging compatibility, and it provides good shock protection.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Mophie Juice Pack Air still uses Micro-USB for charging and lacks a headphone jack, so you can’t use wired headphones with this case, whether they’re the Lightning-connector type or a traditional wired set.
Read more about the Apple Smart Battery Case and the Mophie Juice Pack Air in our full guides to the best cases for the iPhone 11 series , the iPhone X series , and the iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 7, and iPhone 8 .
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If you don’t like how the cover image of a photo album looks, you can easily replace it with any other picture or video of your choice. Here are the quick steps to change the album cover image in the iPhone, iPad, and Mac Photos app.
How to change the cover photo of an album in the iPhone or iPad Photos app
1) Open the Photos app and make sure you are in the Albums tab.
2) Tap See All or swipe left to reach the desired album.
3) Tap to go inside the album.
4) Find the picture or video you want to set as the album cover.
5) Long-press the picture or video, and tap Make Key Photo .
Here’s how the album cover looks before and after :
How to add a photo to an album to make it the cover image
If the desired image or clip you want to set as the key photo is not already in the album, you’ll have to add it first. Here’s how:
1) Open the Photos app and tap Recents .
2) Find and tap the desired image to open it.
3) Tap the share icon > Add to Album and select the album name.
4) Now, follow the steps in the above heading to make this the cover image.
How to remove the album cover in the iPhone or iPad Photos app
If you don’t prefer the automatic album cover, please follow the above steps to change it to your liking. Now, after a while, if you don’t appreciate even the picture you manually set, the only option is to replace it by using any other image as the key photo.
Additionally, when you remove an image from the album , it automatically stops being the cover image.
Some facts about album cover image
Here are a few interesting things I observed while writing this article:
- The oldest picture in an album is automatically set as the key/cover image of all albums you or third-party apps create.
- In the case of the Favorites album, the new picture you set as a favorite (by tapping the heart icon) becomes the album cover as long as there are no pictures already added to Favorites that are of a newer date.
- The most current picture you click, screenshot , transfer, or download is displayed as the cover image of the Recents album.
- You can’t change the album cover of the Favorites or Recents albums.
- If you set a video as the key photo, it will appear like a picture on the album cover. It won’t show the play button.
How to change the cover image of an album on Mac
1) Open the macOS Photos app and go inside the desired album.
2) Right-click on an image and select Make Key Photo .
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When it comes to iOS 17 home screen themes , the ideas are endless – and once you’ve figured out a theme you like, the next step is finding the perfect app icons and widgets to make your iPhone or iPad layout perfectly yours!
There are hundreds of icon packs out there, but almost too many. No matter what theme you’re after – whether you’re looking for something soft, seasonal, monochrome, or anything in between, we’ve curated the very best (and most aesthetic) iOS 17 app icons.
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Black and White iOS 17 App Icons
A black and white or monochrome home screen is a must-have for any minimalist lover. To give your home screen a sleek, clean look that will never go out of style, check out these icon packs that come in black, white, and gray shades!
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Pastel Aesthetic iOS App Icons
Mix and match different pastel shades to easily create an aesthetic iOS home screen! From more understated to colorful looks, you can get creative with how you use your pastel app icons.
For more pastel icon packs, check out our full round-up of pastel app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Neon App Icons for iOS 17
This Tokyo-inspired neon app icon pack for iOS 17 creates a night vibe like no other for your iPhone or iPad. These neon app covers are available in both colorful and dark themes.
For more neon app icon packs, check out our full round-up of neon app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Neutral Tone & Beige iOS App Icon Packs
A neutral theme will make your home screen not only look great, but create a sense of tranquility every time you unlock your phone. The best way to create a neutral-themed home screen? With neutral app icons, of course! Check out these neutral and beige iOS app icon packs to get started.
For more neutral icon packs, check out our full round-up of neutral and beige app icons for i OS & iPadOS !
- Neutral App Icon Multipack
- Neutral Cream Icon Pack
- Beige Neutral Icons
- Flat Design Minimalist App Icon Set
Transparent App Icons
Create a unique and clutter-free look (and even a bit of an optical illusion) with transparent app icons! Bonus: match your widget background color to your wallpaper color to take the transparent look up a notch.
- Transparent Color App Icons
- Minimalist Transparent App icons
- Transparent Scribble Hand Drawn App Icons
- Transparent Abstract Beige App Icons
Hand-Drawn & Illustrated App Icons for iOS
These illustrated color icon packs are perfect if you’re looking to put together a colorful and playful look for your home screen. With themes like pastel pink, yellow, baby blue, purple, peach, nude, and even some fall themed app icons, you’re sure to find a pack that will fit your theme!
- Hand-Illustrated Pastel App Icon Sets
- Hand-Drawn Doodle Theme App Icons
Cute & Kawaii iOS App Icons
Add some color and fun to your iOS device with our selection of cute and kawaii app icon sets. From adorable animals, to franchise-themed icon sets, you’ll find exactly what you need to make your dream home screen.
For more cute app icons, check out our full round-up of kawaii and cute app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Kawaii Pastel Icon Theme Pack
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- Cute Animals App Icon Set
- Happy Thoughts iOS App Icon Set
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Aesthetic Anime App Icons
Bring your love for your favorite anime right to your iOS home screen! Whether you’re a Ghibli or Sailor Moon fan, there are plenty of anime-inspired app icon packs to pick from.
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Retro Aesthetic App Icons
Modern tech meets old school aesthetic – deck out your iPad or iPhone with any of these vintage and retro-style app icon sets!
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Cottagecore App Icons
Bring a touch of cottage country and nature straight to your iOS home screen with these cottagecore-themed icon packs!
For more cottagecore icon packs, check out our full round-up of cottagecore app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Boho Aesthetic App Icons
Pick your favorite color palette and style from a range of boho app icons. Add a sense of style and calm to your phone or tablet with any of these beautifully designed icon packs!
For more boho icon packs, check out our full round-up of boho app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Aura Gradient iOS Icon Pack
Attract positive energy and good aura with your home screen with this aesthetically pleasing aura gradient app icon set. The pack even includes 16 widget images for you to complete the aesthetic home screen theme !
Galaxy Aesthetic App Icons
Bring the universe right to your Apple device with an aesthetic galaxy app icon pack. Customize your icons, widgets, and wallpaper to a space-themed home screen, and be mesmerized every time you unlock your device!
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Y2K Aesthetic “Good Vibes” App Icons
Gradients, pastel colors, lighthearted quotes, and cute illustrations make for the best combo to bring the good vibes right to your home screen! Use this Y2K-inspired app icon pack to catch a vibe every time you unlock your iPhone or iPad.
Lofi Aesthetic App Icons
If a lofi playlist was an icon pack, this would be it. Bring the chill vibes to your home screen with these lofi aesthetic app icons – featuring a dreamy pastel purple and pink theme.
Aesthetic Colorful App Icon Packs
What better way to deck out your home screen than with your favorite color? We’ve gathered some of the best app icon packs by colors below – check them out!
Red Aesthetic App Icons
For more red icon packs, check out our full round-up of red app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Pink Aesthetic App Icons
For more pink icon packs, check out our full round-up of pink app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Pastel Pink App Icon Multipack
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- Pink White Puppy Cinnamon Color App Icons
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Green Aesthetic App Icons
For more green icon packs, check out our full round-up of green app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Monos Green iOS App Icons
- Cute Green App Icon Set
- Subtle Gradient Green iOS App Icons
- Sage Green iOS App Icons with Widgets & Wallpapers
Blue Aesthetic App Icons
For more blue icon packs, check out our full round-up of blue app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Sierra Blue App Icon Pack
- Dark Blue App Icon Pack
- Monos Blue App Icon Pack
- Subtle Gradient Blue App Icon Pack
Yellow Aesthetic App Icons
For more yellow icon packs, check out our full round-up of yellow app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Monos Yellow iOS App Icons
- Aesthetic Hand-Drawn Yellow App Icons
- Summer Yellow App Icons
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Purple Aesthetic App Icons
For more purple icon packs, check out our full round-up of purple app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Monos Purple iOS App Icon Pack
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- Pastel Lilac Lavender iOS App Icon Pack
- Aesthetic Light Purple App Icon Pack
Brown Aesthetic App Icons
For more brown icon packs, check out our full round-up of brown app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
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Gray Aesthetic App Icons
For more gray icon packs, check out our full round-up of gray app icons for iOS & iPadOS !
- Silver Gray App Icons
- Graphite Dark Gray App Icons
- Neutral & Gray Icons
- Monos Gray App Icons
iPhone 13-Themed App Icons
Match your home screen to your iPhone 13! With these iPhone 13-themed icon sets, you can get your phone looking perfectly cohesive.
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Stranger Things Themed App Icons
More than just a great show, Stranger Things has an unmistakable look and makes for a perfect spooky home screen theme. Featuring its signature red neon, bring the Stranger Things aesthetic to your iOS home screen with this themed icon pack!
Dark Academia App Icons
Show your inner book nerd in a more subtle, yet aesthetic way with a dark academia icon set for your iPhone or iPad home screen!
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Simple Gradient iOS 17 App Icons
If you’re looking to keep your home screen low key but still want a splash of color, this dark-themed minimalist gradient app icon pack is the one for you!
Gaming-Themed App Icon Covers
Transform your iOS home screen to show your love for your favorite games with these app icons packs! Get nostalgic with a Pokémon theme, or even try and find the imposter on your lock screen with an Among Us-inspired set.
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Minimalist App Icons for iOS 17
These app icons go the extra minimalist mile with their outline design – creating a light and airy feel.
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Holiday & Christmas App Icons
Get in the holiday spirit with these app icon packs! Boasting classic red, green, blue, and gold festive color schemes, bring the season right to your home screen.
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Fall & Autumn Aesthetic Icon Packs
While we’re on seasonality, if the leaves are falling, grab some aesthetic autumn app icons to deck out your home screen. There’s a huge variety of fall iOS icons to choose from, so don’t miss our full round-up of the best aesthetic fall app icon packs !
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Aesthete Pack: Flat Abstract & 3D App Icons
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12 Amazing Apps to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen Design
Fancy a new set of app icons and widgets on your iPhone? These amazing apps make it easy to tweak your iPhone aesthetic with a single tap.
Did you know you can personalize your iPhone's Home Screen with widgets and custom app icons? So what is your aesthetic of choice—pastel tones, minimalist, or cartoon hand-drawings? You can find an app for any of them.
Let’s take a look at the best iPhone apps to customize your Home Screen theme and find your ideal style. Although most of them have subscription models and in-app purchases, there are still free iPhone themes you can download.
We’ll explore the range of themes they offer and talk about some additional features you can expect from the apps.
With more than 400,000 ratings on the App Store, Widgetsmith is an extremely popular app for custom Home Screen icons. It’s one of the best iPhone theme apps out there. You don’t need to worry about being a tech expert to start letting your creativity loose because Widgetsmith has a very user-friendly interface.
The app gives you great control over how you want to personalize your Home Screen. With a large collection of widgets and customizable templates, you’re sure to build your desired Home Screen look. You can create your own gradient wallpaper, too.
The widgets can also be scheduled to show up on your Home Screen based on rules you set. You can learn more with our full guide on how to use Widgetsmith .
Download: Widgetsmith (Free, subscription available)
11. Color Widgets
Enjoyed by over 30 million users, the majority of themes at Color Widgets showcase flat designs and minimalist icons, helping you feel put-together, yet tastefully trendy with your iPhone. The main theme categories include Minimal, Neutral, and Gradient, but there are also more unique options like Gaming, Anime, and Pride.
If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your Home Screen, Color Widgets has a wide selection of stunning pre-made widgets for you. Explore exciting options such as Countdown, Quotes, and more to customize your iPhone's Home Screen.
Download: Color Widgets (Free, subscription available)
The Brass app is very popular, hitting the number one spot in the App Store’s Graphics and Design category across 36 countries. Brass has hundreds of themes, such as Nature, Neon, and Anime, available for you to pick. You can find seasonal themes like fall and winter as well as festive ones like Christmas, too. Most of them are free iPhone themes.
For useful iPhone widgets , like Weather and Calendar, the app also offers transparent options—you simply need to provide the Brass app with a screenshot of your empty Home Screen so the widget’s background can blend in seamlessly.
Download: Brass (Free, subscription available)
ScreenKit is another well-received iPhone theme app. It boasts more than 5,000 icons, 500 themes, and plenty of widgets, enabling you to customize your iPhone's Home Screen with widgets and app icons effectively.
When you first launch ScreenKit, the app prompts you to choose your preferred styles and interests. It will then give you a personalized list of themes based on your chosen options. You'll find a mix of paid and free iPhone themes.
ScreenKit offers classic aesthetic themes such as Minimalist, Pastel, and Solid Color. However, you’ll also find special options like Kawaii Anime and Harry Potter, if you’re a fan of these shows and books.
Download: ScreenKit (Free, in-app purchases available)
8. Aesthetic Kit
As one of the best apps out there to find iPhone themes, Aesthetic Kit’s cool themes include Neon, Retro, Music, and many more. You can check out themes created by other Aesthetic Kit users and vote for your favorites as well. If nothing really strikes your fancy, you can start with a blank canvas, make your own iPhone theme for free, and if you want, go on to share it with the rest of the world.
Besides themes and widgets, the app offers aesthetic keyboard styles for you, adding yet another special touch when you want to use an app to customize your iPhone style. You can also get unique fonts and kaomoji from the app to complete your look.
Download: Aesthetic Kit (Free, subscription available)
7. Photo Widget
Photo Widget is the perfect combination of simplicity and cuteness. Tired of seeing the same color themes over and over? Make sure to explore these whimsical cartoons and inject fun, child-like imagination back into your daily life.
Photo Widget offers a mix of paid and free iPhone themes. A casual browse through Photo Widget’s list of themes and you’ll see the eyes of adorable animal characters looking back at you.
They’re certain to warm your heart every time you unlock your iPhone, putting you in a good mood every time you see your Home Screen, making Photo Widget the best app to find iPhone themes for those who love the developer's unique designs.
Download: Photo Widget (Free, subscription available)
Themify offers custom iPhone themes that range from soft tones to those that give a modern twist to your Home Screen. From popular pastel shades to paintings, you’re sure to find a theme that fits your style. If you don’t wish to replace your entire Home Screen look, you can opt to download the icon packs only.
Besides themes and widgets, you can also get beautiful live wallpapers and stills from Themify. The app offers Ultra HD choices, which are an additional satisfying visual to have on your Lock Screen.
Download: Themify (Free, subscription available)
5. Widgy Widgets
If you love the originality of user-generated content, you’ll love what Widgy Widgets has to offer. There’s a large selection of widgets for you to delve into. When you tap on one that catches your eye, a brief summary provides you with the widget’s author name and the time spent editing the widget along with additional data and layers used to create the widget.
Learning about the effort that was put into a widget makes the decision for what to put on your iPhone's Home Screen much more personal. If a particular individual’s designs appeal to you, you can simply tap the More By This Uploader button to explore the other widgets they have created.
Download: Widgy Widgets (Free, in-app purchases available)
The Themes app offers the usual categories of themes like Minimalist, Cartoon, and Nature. But you’ll also come across more unique ones that aren’t available in some other apps in this list, such as Architecture, Subjects, and Cyberpunk.
If you don’t want to overhaul your entire iPhone's Home Screen, you can opt to download a theme’s custom icon pack, widgets, and wallpapers separately.
Download: Themes (Free, in-app purchases available)
3. App Icons
App Icons is a straightforward, easy-to-use app for a quick Home Screen change. From nature-inspired styles to minimalist black-and-white options, scroll along the app’s horizontal belt of themes to find one that is ready to install. You get some of the iPhone themes for free, while others need to be purchased.
The app also has a selection of Live Wallpapers, sorted into categories such as Water, Cities, Fire, and Landscapes. For more wallpaper options, you can check out these great places to get iPhone wallpapers .
Download: App Icons (Free, subscription available)
2. Icon Themer
Icon Themer’s curation of themes includes mostly festive-related stylistic hand drawings and solid color shades. Most of them give a sweet, calm vibe. It has fewer theme options than popular apps like Brass or ScreenKit. However, if you hate filtering through an avalanche of striking color themes just to find that one simple, clean-looking design, then Icon Themer is a good app for you.
The app offers both paid and free iPhone themes. But if you aren’t quite satisfied with the ready-made ones, it also has a large collection of icons for you to create your own.
Download: Icon Themer (Free, subscription available)
Like Icon Themer, the appeal of WidgetBox is that it doesn’t overwhelm you with endless choices. The app offers around 10 classic themes, such as Dark, White, Retro, and monochromatic options, like Yellow. You can also create your own widgets.
The designs offered are clean and simple, so they should match any iPhone wallpaper you have easily. You can also get custom keyboards and change your iPhone charging animation using WidgetBox.
Download: WidgetBox (Free, subscription available)
Customize Your iPhone's Home Screen With Ease
Whether you’re looking for widgets, app icons, or a full theme makeover, these iPhone customization apps are a fun way to showcase your personality on your Home Screen. With so many high-quality apps to choose from, you’re sure to find a free iPhone theme that suits your style.
Excluding Widgetsmith, which allows lots of customization options, the other apps listed here generally offer an easy, one-tap installation process. You simply need to choose the theme you want and check that the app icons match accordingly.
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How to Change App Icons on Your iPhone's Home Screen
The trend of customizing your home screen has become ever more popular in iOS, and some users are choosing to add custom app icons to their home screen using the Shortcuts app in iOS 14 and later.
Replacing default app icons with images of your choosing allows you to freely customize the look of your home screen. Before you follow this guide, you will need to find or make an image for your new home screen app icon, and there are plenty of alternate looks available for download online.
The following steps explain how you can add a custom icon, for any app of your choosing, 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.
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How to Change an App's Icon With Shortcuts
Shortcuts can be a complex app to use, as it allows users to create multi-step processes to run on their device, but in this instance, the Shortcut only involves one basic component.
- Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad , then tap the + icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Tap Add Action , then use the text field to search for Open App .
- Select Open App .
- Use the search field to find the app you want to change the icon of, then select it in the list.
- Tap the down facing chevron at the top next to "Open App".
- Tap Add to Home Screen .
- Tap the placeholder app icon.
- From the drop-down menu, select Take Photo , Choose Photo , or Choose File , depending on where your replacement app icon image is located.
- Select your replacement image.
- In the text field, rename the app as you want it to appear on the home screen.
- Tap Done . Your Shortcut has now been created.
- Return to the home screen.
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 must not delete the original app.
Since this process can be quite time-consuming, especially when it includes finding or making custom icons, you will likely not want to do it for every app.
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Limitations * Tapping Custom App Icons launch Shortcuts first, and then the App
Sorry but this just looks awful. Apple shouldn’t allow it. Looks cheap and android.
This really is a terrible workaround for what could be simple - iOS native ability to change app icons and icon packs in the app store.
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One of Apple's key features for iOS was always its "what you see is what you get" philosophy. Sure, there were small tweaks and complicated workarounds to customize an iPhone , but, for the most part, all iPhones felt similar. These days, however, changing up your iPhone's look is much easier. In just a few steps, you can change one of the most visual parts about iOS — home screen app icons.
Android users love to point out that their platform has had this feature for years, and they're right. Android smartphones can download icon packs to quickly change app logos on the fly. There are some apps on iOS that let you pick from an assortment of icon images , but for most apps, we'll need to apply just a tiny bit of elbow grease to get the job done.
- More Info: Our Always-Updated List of Apps with Changeable Icons
Customizing App Icons Using Shortcuts
There is no feature in the Settings app to change app icons unless an app itself offers up different images to choose from. So we have to turn to the Shortcuts app, a built-in Apple tool, to change apps without their own options. Even if apps with their own app icon options, they may not be what you want, and you can still get new ones via Shortcuts.
For this guide, we're using a shortcut to create one "app" that opens another app. That first "app" is the one we'll see on the home screen — the one that uses whichever icon we want. Then, we'll hide the main app out of sight so that it looks like our shortcut is the only version of it.
After the release of iOS 14, users discovered this feature, and it started going viral shortly after. However, it's not a new feature. It has been a part of the Shortcuts app since iOS 12 was released, albeit, with limited support. An update in late-2018 fixed most of the issues so that all apps were supported. So, you could change app icons in iOS 12 and iOS 13. The only difference now in iOS 14 is that you can more effectively hide the real app in one of two ways.
- More Info: How to Use the Shortcuts App on Your iPhone
Step 1: Choose Your App's Icon Image
If you're reading this article, chances are you have an idea of what you'd like your new app icon to be. That said, there isn't just one way to grab an image for it, and here are a few options to do so:
Option 1: Download an Image Yourself
Very simply, you just need to make sure the image you want is saved on your iPhone in some way. If you're looking for inspiration, you can always head to Google Images or a stock image site like Pexels or Pixabay . Really, you could get an image from anywhere — you're favorite comic book, your own photos, a movie still, art sites — without having to worry about copyrights since it'll only be for your use on your iPhone and nowhere else. You could even draw your own icons !
Search for a picture, tap on a high-quality result, then long-press the image. From the quick actions menu, select "Add to Photos." Any image from pretty much any source will work as long as it looks like it could be an icon, it's square or square with rounded corners, or it's an actual icon picture.
You can also screenshot an image instead of downloading it. If you want to save a little time, you can try cropping the image into an icon-sized file at the same time. If not, don't worry, we'll go over cropping later.
Option 2: If You Want to Use Another App's Icon
If you want to replace one app's icon with another, you should use a shortcut called " Download App Store Photos ." With this shortcut, you can browse the App Store to find the app in question, tap the Share icon, then "Copy Link." From there, open the shortcut from the Shortcuts app, then tap "App Icon" on the action sheet. From there, you can simply save the icon to your Photos app.
- More Info: Hide Any App on Your iPhone in Plain Sight
Step 2: Create Your Shortcut
With your icon image saved, you're ready to create the shortcut. To start, you can long-press the Shortcuts app icon on the home screen, then tap "Create Shortcut," or you can open Shortcuts yourself, tap the "My Shortcuts" tab, then tap the plus (+) icon in the top right. (On iOS 13 and under, you could also tap the "Create Shortcut" card in "My Shortcuts").
Next, choose "(+) Add Action," then "Scripting," followed by "Open App." Select "Choose" in the Scripting card, then find and tap the app you want to tie this shortcut to on your iPhone.
Now, tap the ellipsis (•••) in the top right, then choose "Add to Home Screen." Here, select the default icon next to the shortcut's name, then tap "Choose Photo." Now, find your icon from Step 1, crop if needed, and tap "Choose." Next, type in a new name for it. In our case, that's " TikTok ." For the last part, tap "Add" in the top right, and the shortcut will pop up on your home screen.
If the icon doesn't look quite right, don't worry. Just redo this step and create a new image, making sure to crop it properly based on what went wrong before.
Step 3: Open the Shortcut
Now, it's time to test your shortcut to make sure it works. To do so, just tap the shortcut on your home screen. It should first open Shortcuts before launching the hidden app you've linked.
Step 4: Hide the Main App
Of course, you don't want to see both your shortcut and the original app on your home screen. Thanks to iOS 14 , hiding the original app from view is a snap. You can now remove apps from your home screen by storing them in the App Library only. Just long-press the app, choose "Remove App," then tap "Move to App Library," and the app will go away. If you need to reaccess the app, you'll find it in your App Library.
- More Info: How to Move Home Screen Apps to the App Library in iOS 14
If you're changing many app icons, you could also just put all of the real apps on one home screen page, then hide that home screen page — another new iOS 14 feature.
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If your iPhone isn't running iOS 14, we recommend just burying the app in the last page of a busy folder.
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Custom App Icons Iphone . A couple of weeks ago Apple has presented several new products as well as iOS 14. Despite the fact that many people were disappointed because the company didn’t release a new iPhone, the presentation was as usual epic and one particular iOS 14 feature impressed many people all over the world. So what is this feature and why is it so special are the things we are going to discuss today.
Custom iPhone App Icons in the Details
Certainly, one of the most interesting features of the new iOS 14 is custom icons. Basically, once you update your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or iPod, you’ll have the ability to create custom icons for the apps on your device. It is a really cool feature for those aesthetes who want everything to be stylish and simply perfect. At the same time, it is also kind of fun to customize the icons on your device, so those of you who don’t care about the way their iPhone home screen looks will still have a lot of fun playing with the icons. So basically, you can change every single app icon on your Apple device and by ‘change’ I mean change. You can literally put a Batman picture on your Snapchat icon or your photo on the Facebook widget. Apart from that, you can also change the size of your icons. Since now Apple allows you to be as creative as you want.
On one hand, this new feature is a lot of fun because you can make your home screen look breathtakingly beautiful, eye-catching, one-of-a-kind, or even silly. On the other hand, many companies are probably would not be very happy with the fact that users have the ability to change, customize, and substitute with other images of their logos. In a long perspective that might lead to some companies’ logos becoming unrecognizable. However, this is just a random thought and playing with icons is still a lot of fun, so you have to at least try it. Therefore, do not hesitate, update your device to iOS 14, and create some custom icons to impress your friends, family, significant others, and coworkers.
How to Change App Icons on Apple Devices
Of course, by default, the icons on your Apple devices would be standard. So if you want to make your phone, tablet, or watch stylish, you will have to customize your icons on your own, and here is how you can do that.
1. Download the icon images you would like to use on your device. 2. Head to the Shortcuts, tap on the plus in the right upper corner and add action. 3. Type ‘open app’ in the search bar and choose Open App. 4. Select the app/apps you want to customize. 5. Tap on the three dots in the right upper corner, name your shortcut, and add it to the home screen. 6. Tap on the icon you would like to change and select ‘Choose Photo’ 7. Choose the photo you want to utilize on your custom icon or a premade icon image. 8. Customize the size of your icon/icons if needed. 9. You did it! Now your home screen looks flawless! You can also go to the Settings and select new wallpaper for your home screen, so it matches your new icons.
As you can see, changing the icons on your Apple devices is super easy and a lot of fun, so you definitely want to a least give it a try. In fact, there is a lot of cool icon options that you can download for your iPhone. So, obviously, we are going to take a look at those as well.
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How to change the app icons on iOS 14. Step-by-step guide
Apple introduced iOS 14 on September 15, with the ability to add widgets to the desktop. They were previously available on a separate screen to the left of the desktop, but now you can place them mixed with application icons. Furthermore, it is possible to change the icons images as well!
A lot of people are criticising this Apple decision, meanwhile a hashtag #ios14homescreen has already appeared on Twitter, by which users share their variations of the home screen design.
Here is how to change the icons image on your iPhone desktop
On Android desktop customization has been implemented a long time ago, but on iOS it has never been, so many users took the innovation with a high enthusiasm. He reached the peak, when it became clear that the home screen can be varied not only widgets – now on the iPhone you can change the images of the application icons.
Users began to actively share their variants of design. Some look good, others can easily guess the age of the owner and his or her hobbies, there are also quite infernal options. Sometimes it turns into a separate kind of art (but mostly used for self-expression).
How to change the image of icons
In fact, you can’t really do it. But you can change the name of the icons by “workaround”. For this purpose, let’s use the application “Commands” or Widgetsmith.
Go to the commands.
Press “+” in the upper right corner. The “New command” menu will open.
Click “Add Action”. -> “Scripts”. The list of command options will be displayed. You need to scroll down to the option “Open application”.
After clicking on the “Select” button, you will see the full list of installed applications. Choose the desired one, then click on the icon with three dots in the upper right corner.
Enter the name of the app (this is not necessary, you may leave it as is). Here you have already been able to customize the icons in a single color, if you wish. This requires you to press the icon, select a color and a proper glyph.
But if this is not enough for you – and you want to load your image instead of the icon, click on the link “Add to the screen “Home”.
Then, type the application name again and click on the icon. In the menu that appears, select the appropriate option, for example, “Select photo”, set any photo from the gallery instead of the icon and click “Add”.
The command will appear on your desktop.
You should understand that this is not an application icon, but a command icon for opening the application. When you click on it, you will first see a menu of “quick commands”, after which you will be redirected to the application itself.
Next, it is a matter of patience and technique. You will have to do the same for each application, the icon of which you are going to customize.
But that’s still not the end.
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Sounds exciting, but Apple has given millions of its users around the world the opportunity to express their individuality to the hilt. Now you can make your phone's workspace a reflection of your mood in a few minutes. Significantly that the design industry has also call back to this function and today you may easily find whole sets of icons made in the same style for applications on the iPhone. The procedure for replacing the icons is really straightforward. In the video below you can see that the complete change of the icon of one application doesn't take more than 30 seconds. This means that you can make the iPhone working area completely unique in half an hour. So far, only realization confuses a little - when you start an application through such customized icon, you, in fact, run the command. And then it calls the applications. A critical user may notice that this is a bit uncomfortable. Let's see, maybe Apple will fix this nuance in future releases.
What to do with the previous icons?
Now you have two icons on the home screen, one for the command and the other for the application.
You can hide the previous icons. Just click on the desired icon on the screen and select “Change the screen Home”. Touch the “Move to Application Library” menu, and the application will disappear from your desktop, but all its data will be saved. Thus, the command will remain working and now it will act as a real application.
We also recorded a quick video tutorial for you, just in case:
Step-By-Step Guide Change The App Icon In 30 Sec.
💰 Where to Sell Your iOS 14 Icons
Since we found out about the icon customization feature just a couple of weeks ago, it’s natural that there are only a few options we can choose from. However, for graphic designers, it is a great opportunity to make a lot of money simply because there aren’t too many competitors yet. If you don’t believe it, here is a solid proof of my words. So if you want to make a decent amount of money in a short space of time, you better hurry up and create some icon bundles. Once you finish your icon sets, you can easily upload them on the MasterBundles marketplace through the Sell Your Deal service. You will start making money on your goods as soon as customers start purchasing your products. As a MasterBundles’ vendor, you can easily request your so-called salary at any time and you’ll quickly receive the money on your Payoneer account. As you can see, everything is pretty simple, so create a vendor account on MasterBundles, make some lovely custom icons for iOS 14, upload your products on the marketplace, and start making money today.
Custom app icons are made for those people who want everything to be perfectly stylish. This new iOS feature was made for the true aesthetes who feel like a standard home screen is not something they can put up with. Therefore, if you are one of those sophisticated aesthetes, you are definitely going to like such a cool feature. So do not waste your precious time any longer, update your device, download some cool icons, and make your iPhone the one and only today.
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Where can I change the icons on my iPhone?
You can easily and quickly change the icons on your Apple device in the Shortcuts app, which is already pre-downloaded on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch. To see further instructions, please read the ‘How to Change App Icons on Apple Devices’ paragraph of this article.
Are there any free app icons?
Unfortunately, due to the fact that icon customization is a new feature, I wasn’t able to find any free products yet. However, we expect some freebies to appear in the next couple of weeks. If you can’t wait and want to customize your home screen now, you can use one of the premium options that I mentioned in this article, in fact, there is a lot of affordable items. Apart from that, you can also use pretty much any non-specific icon or image that you can easily find on the internet, so feel free to experiment.
Can I change the icons without updating my device?
No, icons customization is a feature that comes with the new iOS 14, which is why you cannot change the icons on the devices that haven’t been updated to the latest software version. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to update iOS and you can totally do it on your own. In case you are worried about your device performance, most of the old devices still smoothly work on the latest software. So go ahead and update your device in order to experience all the new features and customize your home screen.
Is Apple going to release custom icons?
As far as I know, Apple has not announced any icon bundles releases yet. At the same time, many users demand the company to release some icons. But for now, we only can use the icons made by independent designers and graphic design companies or create icons on our own.
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I would love to say that this app is amazing but i wanna point out some suggestions. First, I’m not sure if you could color or move the decorations on the template and if you do please have a tutorial on it! When i put a pink backpack i would love to color it but i don’t see the option! So far, i’ve been just uploading my own stickers. Another thing i wanna say is that if you could add a feature where you can change a texture of the clothing in a template. I would put a 4 but i just love this app so much. The only thing i’m complaining about is that there is not many options to choose from. One more thing, it doesn’t load very quickly, when i open it, it takes about 40-2 mins. And when i open templates and try to re-design them it’s take about 50 seconds. Please fix that, it’s not my wifi, i tried in many different houses too and restarted my wifi. So this app is amazingly good and easy. Developers, Please fix the problems and maybe add the suggestions! :)
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It’s no surprise that the iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple’s most feature-packed smartphone to date. It is important to note that even though the iPhone 15 Pro Max is both durable and lightweight, with its 6.7-inch screen and titanium casing, it can still get damaged during an accident and crack or shatter. To keep your newest iPhone in good condition, it is highly recommended that you invest in one or two protective cases to keep it safe and secure.
Fortunately, we have compiled a list of the 20 best iPhone 15 Pro Max cases that you can purchase right now. Take a look below; we are confident that you will find something that meets your needs.
Apple logo with progress bar after updating or restoring iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
After you update iOS or iPadOS, restore from a backup, or erase your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, your device displays the Apple logo with a progress bar.
When this occurs, the progress bar might be moving very slowly or seem like it isn't moving.
Let the device complete the update, restore, or erase process.
The progress bar shows installation progress. The amount of time depends on the number of files on the device and whether you're erasing, updating, or upgrading your iOS or iPadOS. This process can take as little as a minute if your device has little or no data or if you're erasing the device. If your device contains a large number of files, the process can take from several minutes to an hour.
If your device appears on your computer , you can configure sync options, and you can sync content, the process is complete. Leave your device connected to your computer and wait for the migration process to finish.
If you're updating over the air, connect your device to a power source so that it won't run out of power during this process. If your device runs out of power, connect it to a power source and turn on the device to let the update or restore complete.
If you think the update is stuck, press one of the buttons. If you see an updating message, the update is still in progress.
In some cases, you may see the progress bar complete, then start again.
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The best iPhone 15 Pro Max cases in 2023
Posted: November 8, 2023 | Last updated: November 8, 2023
The latest iPhone generation is here, and there's no better time to shop for the best iPhone 15 Pro Max cases – with an array of options out there to suit every budget and lifestyle. You'll want to ensure that your new iPhone 15 Pro Max is protected from day one, and thankfully, we've got you covered (pun intended).
No exaggeration, I've tested well over 100 phone cases this past year from some of the top phone case brands and manufacturers, so I know a thing or two about exactly which iPhone 15 case you'll want to invest in, as well as what's best avoided.
If you're a photographer or content creator, then you'll benefit from an iPhone 15 Pro Max case with raised edges to protect your camera unit from any cracked lenses upon impact, as well as a case with magnetic mounting options for using your new best camera phone with any gimbals, tripods or videography rigs.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Case
The best iphone 15 pro max cases.
Best for everyone
Materials : Polycarbonate / Black TPU frame / AiroShock drop protection
Without a doubt, the best protection you can give your new iPhone 15 Pro Max is with a case from Mous. The Clarity 2.0 series is a winner if you like the look of a clear case but one that's equipped with MagSafe, and don't be fooled by the simple design - it's ultra-protective too, with AiroShock features.
Best for photographers
Materials : Weatherproof Nylon Canvas
The Peak Design everyday case is a staple for smartphone shooters and content creators, due to its beneficial features like TPU shock-absorbing bumpers, a raised camera bezel, and 6ft drop protection. It's essential for anyone wanting to use Peak Design's own products, equipped with SlimLink locking technology for magnetic attachment.
Best for designers
Materials : Silicone Interior + Hard Shell Exterior
If you want the prettiest iPhone 15 Pro Max case on the market then look no further than BURGA. These cases are extremely elegant, and stylish, offering great double-layer protection with raised bezels around the edges of the camera unit and shock absorption bumpers. Did we mention you can match it to your other devices too? With a full design collection.
Best for videographers
Materials : TPU blend
Similarly to Peak Design, this case from Moment is great for smartphone shooters and videographers, making it an essential buy if you hope to use the latest anamorphic and T-series lenses and other accessories from the company. Moment cases also boast a strong (M) Force magnet array and are MagSafe compatible to attach your iPhone to any magnetic surface.
Best for lens protection
Materials : Polycarbonate, Hard Premium Plastic, Thermoplastic Polyurethane.
This iPhone 15 Pro Max case bundle from FNTCASE is excellent value for money, offering a solid case with a built-in sliding camera lens cover to keep your lens array safe, and a screen protector too – all for an extremely affordable price. It has an integrated kickstand on the back, is shockproof, scratch-proof, and meets military-grade drop protection standards.
Best for adventurers
Materials : Impact-resistant polycarbonate
If you're an outdoorsy type who likes to climb mountains, go camping, and punch snakes, then this case from Rokform is the ultimate choice. It beats the military-grade standards of drop protection, is MagSafe and wireless charging compatible, and uses a RokLockTwist Lock magnetic mounting for a 3x stronger hold onto magnetic surfaces.
Best for customization
Materials : EcoShock
Easily the bounciest case on the market, this offering from Casetify will leave your iPhone 15 Pro Max intact from the harshest of heights, tested to withstand 21.3 ft drop protection, which is six times exceeding the military-grade standards, and it also has raised screen bezels, and some amazing designs to choose from with customization options too.
Best for extreme protection
Materials : Walnut, Aramid Fibre, Bamboo, Black Leather, Silver Pearl, Atlantic Blue, and Forest Green
Another contender from Mous, the Limitless 5.0 series can withstand anything – and Mous is so confident in its cases that it threw an iPhone 15 Pro out of the window of a speeding F1 car with a Mous case (and it was fine!). These cases are premium, but worth every penny if you ask us.
Best for commuting
Materials : Graphene / antimicrobial agent / 92% post-consumer recycled content.
The Denali case from ZAGG includes a built-in kickstand and has a rugged, textured back for a strong grip. It has been drop tested from 16 feet (5 meters) and Strengthened with Graphene material which is harder than a diamond and 200x stronger than steel.
How do I choose a case?
We understand that the hunt for a reliable yet reasonably priced phone case can be a little daunting, but fear not. Once you know the answer to these questions, finding the best iPhone 15 Pro Max case to suit your lifestyle (and budget!) is a breeze.
It's simple, really. Do you like your smartphone to feel weighted, or light as a feather? Are you someone who values intricate designs, or prefers to keep things simple with a clear case? How do you feel about having your credit cards stored in your phone case? Kickstand: love them or hate them?
We also have some guides to the best iPhone 14 Pro Max series cases if you're yet to upgrade your iPhone but still want the best cases on the market.
How we test
In all honesty, there's no real way to test a phone case thoroughly enough without putting our own phones in danger. So for this reason, we base our recommendations on things like comfort and grip, weight and bulkiness, case texture, plus any additional features such as integrated kickstands and card slots.
There are other things to consider such as a case's compatibility with MagSafe, if it enables Qi charging and other wireless functions, as well as the manufacturer's reputation, and most of all - the product price range and value for money.
We weren't born yesterday, and we know that most manufacturers will exaggerate and upsell key features of phone cases knowing that you'll never test them. For example, some cases might be listed with 10ft drop protection, but we aren't about to find out for ourselves whether that's true.
With this in mind, we tend to take things with a pinch of salt when it comes to testing phone cases, but vow to only recommend products to our readers that we would purchase ourselves, from brands that can be trusted.
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