One of the reasons the early adopter of iOS loved it was the uniformity in design that Android simply did not offer. While that has changed since Google introduced Material Design guidelines for developers, there are still those who choose not to follow the path of a uniform app icon design.
While some of us don’t care enough to do something about it, those of us who seek perfection will hate the uneven app icons. If you too are meticulous about such details, there is a way to change app icon shape and size on Android.
Step 1: Download the Materialize app
Materialize by OXO has been created to help you change the app icons that do obey the golden rules of Google’s Material Design. The app does not require root access and can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store right away.
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Step 2: Change App icon shape and size
The first time you launch the Materialize app, you will be able to see a list of almost all the apps installed on your device. The apps you won’t be able to see on this list are Google apps, which already follow the Material Design, as well as the system apps.
However, if the system apps on your device have a custom UI and icon design, you can tap on the three-dot menu button and select “Show system apps” to see them on the list too.
Now go ahead and tap on the app icon that you want to change the shape and size of, and the app will automatically generate a square icon for it. However, the menu also gives you the ability to choose another shape for the app icon, and modify the padding around it as well.
You can also choose to leave the padding color as “White”, or use “Auto fill” to change it to the app icon color. Once you are happy with your selection, tap on the “Add to Home” button and your new custom app icon will be added to the homescreen.
Were you finally able to make your app icons uniformly beautiful with the Materialize app on Android? Do share any other ways to change app icon shape and size on Android if you know about them in the comments section below.
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