How to change app icons on your Android phone

There are many ways to personalise your Android phone. One of the coolest is to change the icons for your apps. You can install full icon packs that cover all of your apps, or simply update a few to something you like more.


There’s a few ways to do it. By far the best is by using a launcher, which will give you a massive range of extra customisation options in the process.

In this tutorial we’ll be using Nova Launcher, our favourite launcher and the one that maintains the full Android look and feel. If you don’t want to use a launcher, we’ll also take a quick look at an app you can use instead.

Install Nova Launcher

Head to the Play Store and install Nova Launcher. Hit the home button on your device and select Nova as your new launcher when prompted. You’ll now need to spend a few minutes repopulating your home screens with widgets and app icons.

If you’re coming from a different third party launcher you may be able to import your setup instead.

Changing individual icons

Find the app whose icon you want to change. Long press on it until a small popup menu opens then select Edit.


Tap the icon and scroll through all the available alternatives. Tap on the one you want and it will be assigned to the app.


Alternatively swipe left and you can create a new icon from an image in your Gallery. Pick a picture then crop it and tap OK. The image will now be set as your new icon.

Restore the default icon

To restore the icon back to its original state go through the Edit icon process again, but this time choose the icon displayed under Default.

Change icons with an app

If you’d rather not use a whole new launcher just to change your icons, you can try Icon Changer Free from the Play Store instead.

Open the app and tap the screen. Choose the app, shortcut or bookmark whose icon you wish to change.

Tap Change to assign a different icon—either an existing icon or an image—and tap OK to finish. You can change the app’s name as well if you want.

To edit the existing icon tap Decorate. Here you can change its size, adjust the colour or add filters.


You can make icons black and white by going to Color and swiping the Saturation slider to the left, or create a neon look by going to Filters and selecting Neon.

By adjusting all your icons in the same way, and choosing the right wallpaper, you can create your own unique theme. Tap OK and you’re done.