how to change icons with Zedge

Let me show you how to change icons with the Zedge app on android phones.

I think it is a general misconception that changing icons on a cell phone means having to root or do other irreversible things to your phone.

This may have been the case at some point in time but if you have a relatively new phone you can easily do this with the Zedge app. In this tutorial I will show you how to do it.

If you don’t yet have the app installed you can go ahead and get it from the Play store. Zedge download link, Google play.


How to change icons with Zedge.

  1. Open the app and go to the Icons beta section found in the apps menu.
  2. From the list of icons pick and click the ones you would like.
  3. From the list of available icons pick the one you want to change.
  4. Rename the app if you would like. If you wan’t the icon to have no text at all simply hit the rename option and add a space. If you skip this step your shortcut will get the text it had to begin with.
  5. Once you pick which app to associate with the icon you should get a feedback that it has been added to your home screen.


Congratulations you have now taken a big step towards customizing your phone.

If you want to change the icon to a different one all you have to do is do the steps listed above one more time. And if you don’t want two shortcuts on your home screen leading to the same app, just press and hold the one you don’t want from your home screen until an option to remove appears. Simply move the icon to the trash can and let it go.


How to revert to the stock icons.

  1. Press and hold the icon you no longer want until the trash can appears.
  2. Move the icon over and put it into the trash can.
  3. Head on over to your phone’s apps  section.
  4. Press and hold the one you want back to your home screen.
  5. Once it detaches your home screen will appear and you can put it where you want.


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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

11 thoughts on “how to change icons with Zedge

  1. What about those arrows?

  2. So i added a icon style and i dont know how to change the icons style back to the originall one so please help me

    • Hi.
      To get rid of an icon you have to press and hold it until it “detaches” from the screen. On most versions of android a trashcan will now appear, and you can drop it into it. If you have a really new device you can select remove from the pop up menu that appears.

  3. I replaced my phone icon on my Galaxy Note 4 with one from Zedge, but now calls come in and it is not showing a badge count… Seems to only work with the phone’s original icon (blah).

  4. Scott Grosjean says:

    It’s a pain in the butt to replace each icon one by one. It would be better to replace all the icons automatically in the app.

  5. the icon for ‘phone’ keeps disappearing every time i restart my phone. is there a way to fix this?

  6. I want to change for all apps not only on home screen.. How?

  7. John Maisel says:

    Anyway I can change the icon on a shortcut I added to my Home Screen? This only seems to work on downloaded apps.

  8. is this application requires root access?

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