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Customize iOS app icons without jailbreaking

A clever app has produced it possible to customize the icons in your iOS device without requiring you to jailbreak your phone.

Jason Cipriani

August 6, 2013 10:17 AM PDT

(Credit: Jason Cipriani/CNET)

The capability to customize your iOS device beyond a wallpaper about the home and lock screens and icon arrangement doesn't truly exist. Unless, that is certainly, you determine to jailbreak your iDevice. Jailbreaking a computer gives you full permission to change and install anything you want on iOS, outside of Apple's walled garden. There are plenty of arguments for and contrary to the act, but we'll leave that for another post.

For those who don't want to jailbreak, a new app called Iconical will allow you to create your own app icon for a long list of supported apps (the developer claims 14,000 apps are supported).

You can find Iconical through the App Store for $1.99, or if you're fast enough you can find it for half price for the next week.

After you install it, you are able to select an app from the default list, or scan the installed apps in your device. How the app works is really pretty ingenious. Iconical will scan for installed apps that support the iOS URL scheme, allowing apps to become launched from another location, either to the default or with a specific function planned. An example of a specific function includes launching the FaceTime app and calling a predefined contact simply by tapping around the icon. The icon you wind up creating is certainly not more than a Web shortcut pointing to your URL scheme.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET)

Select an app and begin designing. You're able to draw, import a photo, or take a new photo to exchange the current icon.

Once you've added a photo and given your icon a name, simply tap for the "Create Home Screen Icon" text. You'll then be redirected to Safari on your device, where you're instructed to create a Web shortcut.

In the end, you should have the default app icon on your own device, with the newly created icon. You can hide the conventional icon(s) inside a folder and move your creation into its place on your home screen.

(Via RazorianFly)

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