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change app icons with shortcuts iOS 16

IOS 16 has become a game changer by taking customization and personalization to a whole new level. It is not just what you see but the hidden features that actually change your experience in using your iOS device. Apple has not always given the home screen a look of our own wanting nor the ability to customize it according to our liking. But now with iOS 16, we have the ability to change app icons with the help of the shortcuts app.

With the icon-changing feature, users may customize the appearance of app shortcut icons. It is no longer essential to jailbreak or use any third-party software to do so on the iPhone. the method of doing so is simple and you can do it in a matter of seconds.

You must know that your iPhone is compatible with iOS 16 in order to edit app shortcut icons. Changing app icons with the help of the shortcut’s app is an official iOS 16 feature, and thus it is available to all devices running iOS 16.With the most recent version of iOS, there is no restriction to the number of app icons you may change.

How to change app icons with shortcuts iOS 16

  1. Install the shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  2. After installing the Shortcut app, open it on your iPhone.
  3. Select the + icon in the upper right corner of the page.
  4. Under the New shortcut option, click on Add action button.
  5. In the search area, type Open app, then click on it to launch it.
  6. Select Choose and look for the app you wish to change.
  7. Select Add to home screen option by clicking on the three dots icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
  8. Under the Home screen name and icon, tap the app icon option.
  9. Choose the new picture you wish to use as the icon.
  10. After selecting and configuring the new icon, click on the Add button.
  11. Click on the done option and go to the home screen.
  12. And you are done!

To avoid confusion, remove the original app from the Home Screen and place it alone in the App Library. To do so, long press the app icon, choose Remove App, and then Remove from Home Screen. You now have a customized Home Screen with app icons.

Note: If you want to change the icon of your home screen then you need to update your device to iOS 16 since this feature can only be accessible if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 16 software update.

Customizing the app icon is available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 max
  • iPhone 11 max pro
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone SE 2nd Generation

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