One of Android’s biggest draws is that it offers countless opportunities to customize your device. Case in point, did you know you can create custom icons for any of your Android apps? It’s a pretty straightforward process. This article will show you how to do that yourself on your own Android handset.
While there are custom app packs out there that you can install from the Google Play Store, users also have the option to create their own icons using images directly from their galleries or from the Web. First, you’ll need to prepare the image you want to use to replace the app’s default icon.
How to Edit an Image You Want to Set as an App Icon
For optimal results, you’ll need to use a square image with a transparent background. You can easily find such samples by searching online, although some users may prefer to use an image from their own gallery. In this case, the image will need a few tweaks before it will be ready for use.
First, you’ll need to remove its background. On your phone, open a browser and navigate to remove.bg. This is a free website that will quickly do the job for you. Simply upload your picture and allow the program to do its thing. Once the result loads, tap on the download button to get the image on your device.
If you’ve selected a source image that isn’t a square image, you will need to edit the image in order to get it into the desired format. You can do that with the free online editor Pixlr E on your desktop or laptop. Unfortunately, you can’t accomplish this using the mobile app.
However, you can access the application via your preferred mobile browser and edit it from there. It’s a bit more cumbersome to do it this way, so make sure to put your phone in landscape mode or just use the desktop app instead. Either way, the steps are the same.
Upload the image in Pixlr E, then go to “Image -> Canvas size.” From there you’ll have to set the image height to be the same as the width.
Do so manually and then click on the Apply button. Save the image and transfer it to your Android phone (if you used your computer to edit).
If you’re unsure how to do that, please read our article regarding how to transfer files from your computer to your smartphone.
How to Create a Custom App Icon
To create a custom app icon, you’ll need a third-party launcher app like Nova Launcher, which is one of the most popular in the category.
Launch the app and quickly go through the setup stage. Once you’re done, find the app you want to set a custom icon for and long-tap on it. From the menu that pops up, select Edit, then tap on the app icon.
A number of options will become available. Choose Gallery apps and then tap on the Gallery icon to browse for the image you’ve selected and edited.
If you edited the picture correctly, you’ll be able to easily fit it inside the rectangular crop that shows up.
Then all you need to do is press Done twice, and you should be able to see the new icon on your home screen.
Note: from Edit Shortcut, it’s possible to select Pixel Pie Icon Pack and take advantage of Nova’s own icon gallery.
Changed Your Mind? Bring Back the Old Icon
If you’ve come to regret your decision and want the app’s old icon back, it’s not a problem. Long-press on the app icon in question again, Edit -> Tap on the icon image, and you should see the default icon right underneath Select Theme. Click on it and everything should go back to the way it was.