How to Change App Colors in IOS and Android


If you want to take customization to the next level on your phone, try changing app colors and icons. There are lots of fun ways to do this on Android and iOS. So, let’s check them out.

How to Change App Colors on Android

Changing app colors and themes on an Android phone largely depends on your current Android version. This is important if you want to change app colors without using third-party apps.

Using the Color Palette

If you have the latest version of Android 12, changing app colors is seamless with the new Color Palette function. This handy feature will automatically change app colors and theme color based on your wallpaper color. So, the first step is to choose a wallpaper that you think would suit your phone.

Then you can follow these steps to change app colors with color palette:

  1. Long press an empty space on your home screen.
  2. Then select Wallpaper and styling.
  3. Press on Color Palette.
    Color pallet
  4. Select a color palette that you prefer. You can even preview the selected theme.
  5. Once you have selected the desired palette, press the Set as color palette option.

Now your phone app colors and other widgets and menu colors are also aligned with your wallpaper color. If you cannot find the color palette option on your phone, please check your phone version and install available updates.

Use the phone’s built-in theme options

If you have an older version of Android and you don’t have the Color Palette feature, you can use the built-in theme options on your phone. For example, if you have a Samsung phone, you can visit the Galaxy Themes store. From the options at the bottom of the screen, tap Icons and choose an icon pack of your choice.

You can get app icons, themes, wallpapers, etc. free and premium. But if your phone is from another brand, you can still find similar settings.

For example, we also found the theme store on the Xiaomi phone. Although there is no specific feature to customize your app icons only, you can use a theme and change the app icons accordingly. To access it, you can follow these steps:

  1. Long press on the home screen.
  2. Press on Wallpaper. This will take you to a new page.
  3. Go to the Themes tongue. Choose any theme of your choice.

Use theme launchers

Another way to customize app colors and icons is to use theme launchers. You can find different types on the Cheek Store. By using these launchers you can completely customize your phone. Apart from changing app colors and icons, you can even change your home screen style, keyboard design, lock screen, and more.

However, you can get different options to customize depending on the launcher you are using. Moreover, suspicious theme launchers can invite potential viruses and bugs. So we recommend using themes like Apex Launcher, Nova Launcher or AIO Launcher.

To use these theme launchers, just install them and follow the in-app instructions to choose the style or design you prefer.

Get icon packs

If you are not a fan of theme launchers and only want to change app colors, you can download icon packs from play store. Search for “icon packs” and you may find several to your liking.

How to Change App Colors in iOS Using Shortcuts

With the release of iOS 14, iPhone users have many options to customize their app colors/icons. To do this, you will need to use Apple’s Shortcuts app. Using this app, you will need to create a new shortcut and then assign a new color and icon to the app. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Shortcuts application.
  2. Tap the more sign to create a new shortcut. click on the plus sign
  3. Tap the Shortcut name to add a new name.
  4. Then press Open app to assign a task.
    tap open app
  5. Press on Application and choose the application of your choice.
  6. Now press the app iconand you can choose any color and logo you want.
    choose color
  7. If you want to add an image to your app icon, select the icon Settings icon.
  8. Press on Add to home screen.
    shortcut-add to home screen
  9. Tap the app icon and choose a new image.

How to change the color of your apps without shortcuts

If you find using the Shortcuts app to be time-consuming and want a faster alternative, here’s what you can try to turn apps into widgets. Performing this action will give a completely new and attractive look to your application. Here’s how:

  1. Long press on your home screen.
  2. Tap the more icon to open Widgets.
  3. From the list, you can scroll and choose any app you want to turn into a widget.
  4. You will get several style options for your chosen app.
  5. Choose one and press Add widget.
    add a widget
  6. You can now view and even move around the widget on your home screen.

Meanwhile, there are also third-party sources to change your app colors and icons on your iPhone. However, we do not recommend using such methods as they may cause applications to crash and bring potential viruses.


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