Funny, I was looking at my phone yesterday and saying how much I love certain apps, but hate their icons. Thanks to a special utility (that doesn’t require you to jailbreak your phone) you can actually change an iOS apps icon. This tip was only tested on an iPhone 4, so I can’t verify that it would work on a 3GS or 3G – but I’m sure that somebody can check it out for me.
First you need to install iPhone Explorer (It’s a free program for both Mac and PC). Then plug your phone into your computer and launch the app.
Before you replace the icon its important to know the replacement icon you want to use must be 114 x 114, PNG, No Transparency, No Layers, 72 PPI.
As an example I’m going to change the icon of the UNEASYsilence app.
- Navigate to “(name of your phone)/Apps/UNEASYapp/UNEASYapp.app”
- Rename the file in there “email@example.com” to “icon@2x_Old.png”
- Name the icon you want to replace the original with “firstname.lastname@example.org” (yes it is case sensitive)
- Now simply drag this icon into the UNEASYapp.app folder and reboot your phone.
When you reboot your phone you will see a brand new beveled shiny icon for the app you just worked with.
Now, I would imagine you could replace the icon.png with a 57 x 57, PNG file to change an icon on a iPhone 3 or 3GS – but I have no way of testing that.