Using custom app icons becomes more seamless with iPhone 14 Pro
Apple has never officially allowed users to change iOS app icons. However, with the Shortcuts app, anyone can create a home screen shortcut with a custom icon that opens a specific app. This process has the downside of displaying a huge banner each time the user taps the icon, but the iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island make using custom app icons much more seamless.
Custom App Icons on iPhone 14 Pro
As noted Parker Ortolani, Home screen shortcuts with custom icons no longer display a large banner at the top of the screen, at least on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Indeed, on these models, iOS now displays a small animation on Dynamic Island to confirm that the shortcut was executed successfully.
Previously, the banner also caused a delay in the time it took for the user to interact with the app. This delay has now also been removed. Unfortunately, the change is only valid for iPhone 14 Pro users. Those with other iPhone and iPad models still need to deal with the banner when opening a Home screen shortcut with a custom icon.
Since iOS 14.3, Home screen shortcuts no longer open the Shortcuts app before launching the app you set. This alone made the option appealing to many users despite the on-screen banner. Of course, “changing” app icons in iOS still requires a lot of effort compared to Android.
Even so, many iPhone and iPad users create completely unique home screens with custom icons. Combined with home screen widgets, also introduced with iOS 14 in 2020, users have found many creative ways to modify their home screens.
How to Change App Icons in iOS
If you want to customize your home screen with different icons, be sure to read our special guide on how to change icon apps running iOS 14 and later. It should be noted that you can find several icon packs for iOS apps available on the web.