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Customizing Your Android Homescreen Part 2: Add Some New Icons

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

In part 1 of this series, I showed you how to download a new launcher for your Android phone. I hope you’ve been playing around with Nova Launcher (or whichever launcher you decided to download) to see what kinds of things you can do with it.

The second step in customizing your homescreen is to download some new icons. The stock icons in Android aren’t very exciting, especially if you’ve been looking at them for a few years. Fortunately, many people have designed other icon sets that are a lot more fun.

For this example, I’ll be using UP icons. You can use any set that you want, though—I like Flatro, min, Cyan Rounds, and Dark Synergy. has a great article on 30 free icon sets for Android.

Once you’ve had a look through those 30 or you’ve done some searching of your own and you’ve decided on an icon set, go to the Google Play Store and search for the icon set you’d like to download.

In our case, we’ll be searching for “UP icons.”


Once you’ve found your icon set, tap “Install” and head back to your app drawer. Open Nova Settings, tap on “Look and Feel,” and then “Icon Theme.” You’ll now be presented with a few options.


Choose your newly downloaded icon set, and you’re done! All of your icons, both in your app drawer and on your homescreen, will now have been replaced with the new ones that you downloaded. Easy!


While most icon packs include hundreds of different icons, you might find that your new set doesn’t include an icon for one of your apps. But you can easily choose a new icon from your set to create a more consistent look on your phone.


Let’s try changing the Snapseed icon in the homescreen pictured above. All you have to do is tap and hold on your app until a menu pops up, then select “edit.”

Once the edit window has appeared, you can tap on the icon to bring up a new window that will let you look through all of the different icons on your phone and choose a new one for your app.



Just find the icon you want, tap it, and then tap the check mark on the edit menu.

And there you have it—a new icon pack and a few custom icons for apps that aren’t included in the set. Check back for the final installment in this series, where we’ll customize the dock!

~ Dann

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One Response to “Customizing Your Android Homescreen Part 2: Add Some New Icons”

  1. Ralph Hawkins says:

    I would REALLY like a tutorial on how to arrange icons on my LG Optima phone. Arranging icons on the iPhone is realitively easy. I haven’t been able to find a way to easily arrange the android icons.


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