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How to Customize Your iPhone App Icons

iPhone with icons and illustrated background
Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

Have you ever wanted to make your iPhone your own with your personal style and flair? Sure, you can change your homescreen wallpaper. If you really want to personalize your phone, why not create your own app icons?

This can be done using Apple’s built-in Shortcuts app. You don’t actually replace the icons that come with apps — instead, you create special shortcuts that lead to the app itself. It’s a tedious and time-consuming process, but in the end, you can have a completely 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 few icon sources online (Flaticon, for example), or if you’re artistic and/or ambitious, you can create…

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