Many iPhone owners seek to personalise their devices by arranging icons for their favourite apps in unique ways on the Home Screen. The new iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island make it simpler to employ a workaround as iOS does not natively support changing and using custom app icons.
On iOS, custom app icons have been widely adopted for use in conjunction with the Shortcuts app. If you have an iOS device, you can use the Shortcuts app to make a custom icon for your Home Screen that will launch a certain app. Unfortunately, the solution is not ideal due to certain bothersome practical constraints.
Every time you launch an app from a custom icon shortcut on your Home Screen, a huge banner shows at the top of your screen. However, many users find the banner annoying and disruptive, making this alternative less than ideal.
The new iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island make it easier than ever to use personalised app icons with Shortcuts. Newer premium iPhones with iOS 11’s Dynamic Island have a new region at the top of the screen where system-wide notifications and contextual information show without covering up other portions of the operating system.
How Apple’s New ‘dynamic Island’ on the iPhone 14 Pro Really Works
Shortcuts are one indicator that the Apple ship has sailed to Dynamic Island. A banner at the top of the screen is no longer shown while using Shortcuts on the iPhone 14 Pro. The shortened route in Dynamic Island now works without a hitch.
Even though Dynamic Island streamlines the process of launching custom app icon shortcuts, it is still constrained in a number of ways. Most notably, unlike standard app icons, bespoke ones cannot display notification badges. In the case of social networking and messaging applications, where notification badges are especially helpful, this might be frustrating for users who wish to utilise a unique app symbol.
How to Edit App Icons on the Home Screen of an iOS Device
In 2020, when Apple released iOS 14 with its reimagined widgets for the iPhone’s Home Screen, a fad emerged wherein users made their own icons for their favourite apps. Since then, Apple has shown a greater openness to the concept of people modifying iOS to their preferences, making it simpler to utilise custom app icons and, of course, the totally customizable Lock Screen with iOS 16.