Android is synonymous with customization. If you like to personalize your mobile device to the maximum in the Play Store as outside of it, you have a large number of applications and tricks that will help you to give your smartphone a personal touch, including the possibility of change application icons.
Changing app icons is one of the most popular features for customization lovers, a feature that came to iOS recently but is still It is very far from what Android has traditionally offered us. In addition, it is many cases, it always depends on the application itself, not on third parties.
Table of Contents
- 1 Options to change application icons
- 2 Change application icons through the system
- 3 Personalization themes to change icons on Android
- 4 Application launchers with icon support
- 5 Icon apps for Android
Options to change application icons
The number of options that we have at our disposal to customize the application icons is quite wide and not only does not force us to use third-party applications available in the Play Store that are associated with certain themes, themes that modify both the colors of the user interface and the color and shape of the application icons.
While it is true that using customization themes applications, the most comfortable and quick to use, we can also use android launchers, being Nova Launcher the best known within Android and the one that offers us a greater number of customization options.
If you choose a launcher to change the aesthetics of your smartphone, you must bear in mind that this must offer support for icon packs, icon packages that we can find, in a large number, in the Play Store by doing a simple search.
Change application icons through the system
Although not many users know about this option, depending on the terminal, we can modify the design of the icons of all applications without having to install any third-party application.
That is, if they are square, we can make them oval, square, rectangular, in the shape of a lágrica ... without the need to install any application on the device. We just need access the terminal developer options.
This menu is displayed after repeatedly click on the build number Android of our terminal. Being an option that allows access to system functions for which it is necessary to have certain knowledge, Google does not enable this option natively.
Personalization themes to change icons on Android
If you want to go a step further since the developer options do not meet your needs, you can make use of the customization themes available in the Play Store. These topics modify the appearance of our terminal, including the icons to adapt them to the wallpaper that it includes.
We could tell it's like a customization layer similar to that offered by manufacturers. Sometimes, some of these applications also modify the application launcher, the application access menu, an option that we do not have to activate on a mandatory basis.
If you have a Samsung smartphone, the number of options available for a device is very high through Galaxy Store, where we have at our disposal an endless number of theme applications to personalize our smartphone.
If you have a smartphone from another manufacturer that also includes its own store, you should take a look at it since it probably also it will include a large number of options.
If you don't have any of these smartphones, you can visit the Play Store and enter the words "Personalization themes" in the search box to see all the options we have at our disposal. Of course, the number of options is smaller than that offered by the respective manufacturers' application stores.
Application launchers with icon support
The king of app launchers available on the Play Store is Nova Launcher, a launcher that has a price of 5,49 euros in the Play Store and that offers us endless options to personalize our device. In addition, if we use the icon pack available in the Play Store, the number of options is practically infinite.
The first thing you should do before download an icon pack is to check if this is compatible with the application launcher that we have installed. If not, the application will not recognize it and we will never be able to use them on our smartphone.
Besides Nova Launcher, other pitchers that we have at our disposal in the Play Store are:
Microsoft Launcher makes available to us all the applications that Microsoft offers us for free (including paid versions) for always have them at hand. In addition, it offers us a highly customizable theme that allows us to maintain the applications that we already had or use the one that it offers us with the company's applications.
Includes a dark mode, it supports vertical and horizontal mode, it shows us a different background image every day thanks to Bing and it allows us to change the icons through the options available in the Play Store.
Microsoft Launcher is available for your download completely free. With a rating of 4,7 stars out of 5 possible, this is one of the most popular launchers in the Google app store.
If you want to enjoy the Google interface on the Pixel, in the Play Store, the search giant offers us the Pixel Launcher application, an application that shows us the rounded icons typical of these terminals, along with access to the Google search bar, favorites section and suggestions for applications to use ...
As a user of a Pixel, I personally recommend using this launcher for its extreme simplicity and utility that it offers us. This launcher, like most of the services that Google offers us, we can download it for free through the following link.
Xiaomi, owner of POCO, puts at our disposal the POCO Launcher application, an application that take the design of the POCO terminals to our terminal, including so many application icons such as the application drawer, the menu design ...
Through this launcher with a minimalist design, we can hide apps, create groups of applications to have them all at hand, use custom image backgrounds including animations as well as being compatible with most icon applications available in the Play Store.
POCO Launcher is available for your download completely free, includes ads but no in-app purchases.
One of the strengths of this application, if you are already using another launcher is that it allows us use the layout of other applications of this type like Apex Launcher, Nova Launcher, Pixel Launcher ...
Es compatible with a large number of icon packs available In the Play Store, it includes a search bar at the top of the screen, it allows us to add shortcuts to run applications, it shows us the applications in folders with a very attractive animation ...
Action Launcher is available for your download completely free, includes ads and in-app purchases to activate all options and remove ads.
Icon apps for Android
Most of the launchers that I have shown you in the previous section are compatible with icon applications. Speaking of icon applications, in the Play Store we have a large number of them, so if we don't want to waste time looking for which one best suits our tastes, we can use the search box by entering the terms "thematic icon pack", replacing the thematic word with what we are looking for.
It is advisable to use some of the applications that we show you below, since they have been in the Play Store for many years and do not run the risk of disappearing. If we use icon applications that, due to the content they offer us, have the risk of disappearing, we can download the application on our computer to be able to keep it in the future.
Icon Pack Studio
One of the applications that greater number of options It offers us in terms of icons is Icon Pack Studio, an application that allows us to create and customize the icons of our applications by adding special effects such as lights, shadows, bezels and even textures.
Icon Pack Studio is available for your download for freeIt does not include ads but if you buy in-app to unlock access to all the icon packs and functions that it offers us.
Whicons - White Icon Pack
Whicons puts at our disposal more than 7000 icons all of them in white that allows us to replace the icons of more than 30.000 applications. It is compatible with most launchers such as Nova, Lawnchair, ADW, Microsoft, POCO ...
Whicons is available for your download for freeIt does not include ads but if you buy in-app to unlock access to all the functions that it offers us.
Minma Icon Pack
This application puts at our disposal a large number of icon packs designed all of them with neon lights but without the glare associated. Minma Icon Pack offers us more than 1.100 icons and is continually receiving new designs.
It is compatible with most launchers on the market and is available for your download for freeIt does not include ads but if you buy within the application.
Viral Icon Pack
Viral Icon Pack is out of the ordinary by showing us a series of icons designed with great care, supports more than 30 launchers, allows us to switch between different icons in the same application, includes a search filter and shows us dark and elegant icons.
Viral Icon Pack is available for your download completely freeIt does not include ads but if you buy within the application to access all the content that it offers us.