In this guide, we will show you the steps to create themed icons for any app on your Android device. One of the biggest talking points with the launch of Android 12 was the introduction of the Material You theming engine. This tends to pick up the dominant color from the wallpaper and would apply it throughout the system UI. Along with that, we were greeted with another nifty feature- Themed Icons.
Similar to the aforementioned concept, you have the option to theme the icons on your home screen based on the matching colors from the wallpapers. Initially, only a handful of colors were available [maybe 4] which were then expanded to 16 in Android 13 and now has seen further expansion with the fourteenth iteration of the OS.
However, while Google has themed most of its icons, there are still many third-party apps that are yet to do so [even Facebook and Instagram haven’t done so even after two years!]. So in this guide, we will show you how to force-create themed icons for any app on your Android device, even if it hasn’t been officially implemented by the app developers. Follow along.
How to create themed icons for any app on Android
- Download and install the Shortcut Maker app from the Play Store.
- Then long press on your home screen and select Widgets.
- Now expand the Shortcut Maker section, long press on Shortcut, and drag it to the home screen.
- Then select Apps and choose the desired app [we are selecting Instagram for reference].
- Now tap on Icons and go to the Themed tab. Then select the desired themed icon from the list.
- Likewise, hit the minus sign to make its size a tad bit smaller [something around 90-93%].
- Finally, hit the checkmark at the top right and then tap on the Create Shortcut button.
That’s it. These were the steps to create themed icons for any app on your Android device. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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