A Guide on Custom App Icons in iOS 14.3

The iOS 14.3 update made customizing home screens easier. In this article, I'll show you how to change an app icon using iOS 14.3 to create a customized home screen.

A Guide on Custom App Icons in iOS 14.3

Timelines on Twitter were flooded with images of aesthetic home screens when iOS 14 released. While Shortcuts gave users the ability to customize home screens, the interruption caused by Shortcuts launching before an app opened has been a drawback.

The release of iOS 14.3 fixed this brief delay. Now, a banner appears at the top of the screen while an app launches. This simple change will be appreciated by those wanting the experience of a standard app without sacrificing hours of customization.

In this article, I'll show you how to change an app icon to an image. Before I begin, take a moment to brainstorm a few aesthetic home screen ideas. Below are a few examples to get you inspired!

Home Screen One / Home Screen Two / Home Screen Three

Now, let's go over how to change an app icon using iOS 14.3.

Open Shortcuts and tap the + sign at the top right corner of the screen.

Tap Add Action and type Open App in the search bar.

Tap Open App, then Choose to select an app. This will bring up your app library. You can also type in the app name. Once you select the app, tap the Blue Circle with Three Dots in the top right corner.

Tap Add to Home Screen then tap the icon and Choose Photo to select an image from your photo library.

Type a name for the app, then tap Add at the top right corner of the screen. Congratulations, you've created a custom app icon! The second photo below is what your app will look like when launching.

Below is an example of how you can customize your home screen using photos.

With the template below, create a perfectly sized square with a 1:1 aspect ratio for iOS 14.3 using your own images. Click the blue Make It button below to begin customizing!


Let's get into what this update means for the user. Custom app icons launch within the same time frame as standard apps, giving users a seamless experience. The shortcuts banner, however, could be a new annoyance. You can't swipe the banner to remove it faster, and there's no option to remove the notification.

That means waiting for the banner to load and disappear to access anything at the top of an app. In conclusion, we got 0.5 seconds back, but not without the shortcuts app still making its way onto the screen. Hopefully, users will have the option to change this in the future.

I hope this tutorial helped you create a customized home screen and answered questions about the impact of iOS 14.3 on icons! For more content, subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter at @KapwingApp.

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