How to Change App Icons on the Home Screen of iOS 14

As the trend of customizing your home screen grows in popularity in the wake of the release of iOS 14, some users are opting to use the Shortcuts app to add unique app icons to their home screens.
You can freely modify the look of your home screen by replacing default app icons with images of your choice. You’ll need to select or create a picture for your new home screen app icon before proceeding with this method, and there are lots of other styles accessible for download online.

The methods below will show you how to add a custom icon to the home screen for any app you want. Creating a Shortcut to open an app and then adding a picture to that Shortcut on the home screen is how the process works.


Shortcuts are launched first, followed by the App No Notification badges, when you tap Custom App Icons.

If being redirected to and from the Shortcuts app every time you open an app with a custom icon annoys you, it’s probably preferable to build Shortcuts for apps you use infrequently, if at all.

Shortcuts is a complicated software to use because it allows users to design multi-step procedures that run on their smartphone, but it works well in this case.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Shortcuts app.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, tap the Plus icon.
  3. Select Add Action from the drop-down menu.
  4. To find the Open App, type it into the text field.
  5. Open the app by clicking on it.
  6. Select the option you want.
  7. Select the app you wish to alter the icon for from the search results.
  8. In the top-right corner, tap the three dots.
  9. Add to Home Screen by tapping the Add to Home Screen button.
  10. Place your finger on the placeholder app icon.
  11. Select Take Photo, Choose Photo, or Choose File from the drop-down option, depending on where your replacement app icon image is placed.
  12. Choose a substitute image.
  13. Rename the program as you want it to appear on the home screen in the text area.
  14. Add a new item.
  15. Don’t forget to tap Done. Your Shortcut is now ready to use.
  16. Return to the main menu.

There will now be two icons on your home screen if you already have the app. Simply relocate the old symbol to the App Library to maintain only your freshly designed icon. The original app must not be deleted.

You probably won’t want to do this for every programme because it’s time-consuming, especially when it comes to sourcing or creating custom icons.