How to Create Custom Icons for Home Screen Shortcuts

Last week I wrote a tip on how to add shortcuts to your home screen. The Shortcuts app has a set of default colors and icons to use, but it’s possible to create your own custom icons for home screen shortcuts.

Home screen shortcut icons

  • Open the Shortcuts app.
  • Find the shortcut you want to add and press the three dots icon.
  • Once the shortcut is open, tap on the icon of the other three dots inside, as you can see in the image below.
  • Then press Add to home screen.
  • Then you will be able to define a name for the shortcut. Tap the icon next to that. A menu will appear with three options: Take a photo, Choose a photo and Choose a file.
  • Design resources

    By pressing Choose photo and Choose file, you can choose an image saved on your device. You can design your own icons using free resources:

    A paid option for shortcuts is the collection of MacStories. It costs US $ 15 for an individual set, and there is another option for a set. The advantage is that the icons have already been designed and collected for you. But if you have an image editing program, you can collect free icons and create your own system theme, like having all the icons pink or blue, for example.

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