One of the points that has always remained a downside of iOS is the lack of customizability. On any iOS device, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, one can’t customize the device beyond changing the wallpaper on the homescreen and lock screen, creating folders, and changing the icon’s arrangement. That’s all you can do on iOS and if you want to customize beyond that, then you’ll need to jailbreak your iDevice. Jailbreak will give you full permission to customize the device as per your liking, removing all the restrictions placed by Apple. But let’s not argue here whether you should jailbreak your device or not as that’s a debatable topic.
But what if you don’t want to jailbreak your iOS device but still want to change app icons? Well, that’s exactly what is now possible with a new app available from the App Store.
iPhone and iPad icons can be customized with Iconical
Enter Iconical, an app that can be installed from the App Store that allows you to customize homescreen icons without any jailbreak required. The app takes advantage of the URL protocols of iOS, and it supports more than 14,000 apps for which you can change the app icons.
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Apart from simply customizing app icons, you can also create useful shortcut icons so that you can perform some of the most common actions in a snap. For example, you can create a shortcut on the homescreen that allows you to call directly to a contact, or you can create an icon to open Skype’s call window directly. The app supports creating shortcut icons for 200+ apps.
When you start the app for the first time, it will scan your iDevice to locate supported apps that it can customize. Once it’s done, it will present you a list of those supported icons. You can then choose which app(s) you want to customize the icon for. You can change the app’s icon by drawing an icon, importing a photo or taking a new photo.
Iconical costs $0.99 right now. This launch sale will last for 7 days and then the app’s regular price will be $1.99. If you want to customize the device beyond Apple’s limitations and without jailbreaking, then this app is for you.