How to change app icons on Android smartphones

By | July 18, 2014


There are many ways to customize and personalize your Android smartphone. One of the coolest among them is to use the customized icons for your apps. You can install full icon packs that allows almost all of your apps, or simply update a few to something adds beauty to your phone.

But here I am going to take help of an launcher app, which will give you a massive range of extra customization options in the process. The tutorial is based on Nova Launcher. If you don’t want to use a launcher, we will also take a quick look at an app you can use instead of that.

How to change app icons on Android smartphones

Install Nova Launcher

Head over to the Google Play Store to get the Nova Launcher on your device. Hit the home button on your Android and select Nova as your new launcher when prompted. You will now have to spend a few minutes repopulating your home screens with apps and widgets to make it easy to use and decent by look.

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


Change icon without any launcher

  1. Select the app whose icon you want to change from the app menu.
  2. Now press and hold on the icon until it shows “Edit” option.
  3. Tap the icon and scroll through all the available options. Tap on the one you want and it will be assigned to the app automatically.

Alternate method: Swipe left and you can make a new icon from an image from your Gallery. Select an image then crop it and tap OK. The image will now be set as your new icon for that app.

How to restore 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.