Action Launcher 101: How to Change the Icon Pack for a Custom Look

How to Change the Icon Pack for a Custom Look

Eventually, we all get tired of our home screens. There's nothing wrong with it, but after hundreds of times seeing the same thing, it all starts looking a bit stale. You can rearrange icons and widgets, or even just pick a new wallpaper — but sometimes, your layout is perfect and you still want a fresh look. Well, thanks to Action Launcher and icon packs, this is really easy to accomplish.

Installing an icon pack basically allows you to change the theme of your home screen. Each pack usually has a unique set of icons for all of the standard system apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Photos, and they typically include dozens more for popular apps like Facebook, Instagram, eBay, and so on. Even if an icon pack doesn't include one of your apps, Action Launcher Plus lets you theme icons individually or mix and match icon packs to work around this issue.

Step 1: Download an Icon Pack

The first thing you'll need is an icon pack. To find a good one, head to the Play Store and search for "icon pack," or just tap this link. From there, you'll see hundreds of choices, so look around until you find the perfect one. When you do, simply install the icon pack like you would any other app. Keep in mind that you can install as many icon packs as you'd like, so the more the merrier.

If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices, some of our favorites are Lines, Elta, and Belle UI, and they all offer free versions. Or, if you'd like a few more choices, you can check out our full review of the ten best free icon packs.

Step 2: Activate the Icon Pack

Next, head to your home screen and open Action Launcher's main settings menu. You can reach the settings menu by either long-pressing the home screen and tapping the gear icon, or by selecting the "Action Settings" icon in your app drawer.

Next, tap "Icon Pack," then you'll see a list of all the icon packs you've installed. By default, Action Launcher provides two additional icon packs, which are "Pixel Launcher" and "Marshmallow." Any icon pack that you download will also show up in this menu.

So it's pretty straightforward — just select the icon pack you wish to use and press "OK." Return to the home screen and you will see the change you just implemented. Icons on your home screen, in the Quickpage, and in your app drawer will be using the icon pack you just selected.

(1) Before, (2) After

Step 3: Theme Individual Icons

As mentioned previously, some icon packs may not have a certain icon. However, they typically include alternate icons that aren't associated with any particular app, and you can use these to fill in the blanks. This is also a way for you to mix and match icon packs based on the image you prefer for your icon.

Individual icon theming is an Action Launcher Plus feature, however, so you'll need to buy the upgrade with an in-app purchase of $4.99 if you want to use this feature. If so, head back to Action Launcher's main settings menu, then tap "Get Plus" in the top-right corner. From there, tap "Upgrade to Plus" and confirm your purchase. Once the app has finish installing, return to the home screen.

Next, long-press the icon you wish to change, then tap the "Edit" button on the pop-up menu that appears. This will bring up a menu from the bottom portion of your display, so swipe up to reveal the options for changing the icon.

Under the grouping labeled "Icon suggestions," there's a list of images associated with this app which were found in the other icon packs currently installed on your device. If you don't like these choices, you can look to the second grouping labeled "Pick custom icon," which lets you open a specific icon pack and look through its images to find one that suits your taste.

Either way, select the icon you wish to use with this app, then return to the home screen by swiping down twice, which will reveal your modification.

Icon packs are an easy way to change the look of your device without completely rearranging your home screen. And with multiple icon packs, you can get a truly unique look. With this knowledge you now possess, what icon pack(s) are you currently using on your phone? Let us know in the comment section below.

Cover image and screenshots by Jon Knight/Gadget Hacks

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