With the public release of iOS 14.3 today, Apple has made the experience of using custom Home screen icons much better. Now, custom icons created through the Shortcuts app launch directly into the desired app instead of opening the Shortcuts app first.
Below is an overview of some beautiful and unique custom icon packs to spice up your iOS or iPadOS device. If you don’t already know how to add these icons to your home screen, you can check out our how-to guide.
Juice by Michael Flarup | $ 9
By far my favorite icon pack for iOS is Michael Flarup’s Juice. Juice not only includes iOS icons, but also corresponding Big Sur replacements. With Juice, you can match icons on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Each of these is so finely detailed and colorful. They just bring me pure joy. Juice has been built several months since macOS Big Sur was announced and is well worth the $ 9 price tag.
Fluo by Shihab Meboob | £ 5
The Neon Icon Pack was inspired by the increased depth of Big Sur and includes a wide array of colorful icons for Apple’s built-in apps. This pack is very affordable and supports a great freelance iOS app developer. Shihab Meboob, who designed Fluo, also develops the Aviary Twitter client, the Cosmicast podcast player, and more.
Esthete by Vidit Bhargava | $ 20
Vidit Bhargava, the developer of the popular LookUp benchmark app, has created an incredibly customizable set of icons. Esthete costs $ 20 but includes 219 icons, 9 themes, and 42 wallpapers. If you want something a little more affordable, Vidit also has a minimalist icon pack for just $ 10 with matching backgrounds.
This icon pack is absolutely gorgeous. It includes over 160 rectangular icons and assorted wallpapers. What I love about this pack is how different it is. Not only does this completely change the shape of the icons on your home screen, it also uses a very different design language.
3D icons by Alexander Shatov | $ 7
Each icon in this pack looks like a piece of plastic and includes 6 wallpapers that go well with them. You can find icons for your entertainment and social apps as well as Apple’s default apps. Alexander also promises free updates in the future.
360º Black by Parker Ortolani | Free
My 360º Black Icon Pack includes over 50 circular icons designed for pure black backgrounds. Each has been meticulously crafted to add more color and depth to Apple’s own apps while making them smaller and rounder.
Candicons by Parker Ortolani | Free
The candicons were inspired by the classic aqua design language of early macOS. With Candicons, you can replace Apple’s app icons with old-school icons that are so pretty you will like, as Steve Jobs once said, “lick them”.
What’s your favorite custom iOS icon pack? Have you ever downloaded any of them? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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