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 way to change icons on Android is by using a launcher. This 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.
Change individual app 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 app icon
To restore the original app icon go through the Edit icon process again, but this time choose the icon displayed under Default.
Change app icons on Android with an icon pack
You don’t need to change one app icon at a time. You can download an icon pack from the Play Store and that will change the icons for all your most popular apps together. This lets you create a whole new theme for your phone, and keeps all the icons sharing the same style.
Go to the Play Store and search for icon packs. You’ll see countless options there, and most of them are free. Pick one or two that you like and download them.
Now, in Nova Launcher settings, go to Look & feel > Icon style > Icon theme. When you tap this you’ll see a list of all the available icon packs on your phone. Choose one, wait a moment for it to be set, then hit the Home button to see how it looks.
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.
It’s easy to change icons on Android, and one of the quickest ways to give your phone a unique, personal touch. For more customisation tips, check out our guide on how to instantly speed up your Android phone.