On Android, themed icons are a throwback to icon packs and sometimes chaotic customization. Although they are fun and inviting, many apps still lack themed icons. In less than a minute, you can follow this guide to create themed icons for any Android app.
You can make custom-made, themed icons for any app in your app drawer by using a Google Play store app called Shortcut Maker. You can change almost every aspect of those icons as you progress through each app, depending on how crazy you want to get. We will concentrate on developing a themed icon variant of app icons in this guide to match Android 13’s themed icon toggle for capable apps.
How to make icons with themes
Installing Shortcut Maker on your device is the first thing you need to do. Search for the app on your phone by going to the Google Play Store. Install it once you locate it.
- Long-tap on your home screen and select Widgets.
- Scroll down and find Shortcut Maker. Drag Shortcut (Standard) to your home screen.
- Select App.
- Find an app you want to create a themed icon for.
- Note: In this example, we’ll use TIDAL.
- Tap Icon.
- Select Themed and pick the color palette you want.
- Hit the minus button to bring the icon size down to about 90-95%.
- Note: The themed icon shortcuts are a little larger than average icon sizes by default.
- Hit the checkmark.
When you do that, you will have a theme icon that is neat and ready to use, and it will also look great on your screen.
You can choose to create a shortcut by using the app itself; however, shortcuts created by using the app rather than the widget will have a small shortcut icon next to them that doesn’t look good.
If you’ve been waiting for developers to create an easy-to-make themed icon, Shortcut Maker is a donation-based app that completes your home screen. The procedure is straightforward and applicable to most apps.
Using a pack of icons
You can also use an icon pack from the Google Play Store as an alternative; The Material You Dynamic Icon Pack is the one we recommend because it is simple to locate and install. You will be able to plug it into your existing setup once it has been installed. Please keep in mind that it will override any system icons that have already been added or supported.
Before that, give Shortcut Maker a shot because it offers more app-specific customization options. Because it lets you make a home screen that looks a little bit better and is more consistent, this tool has come in handy a lot of times.