iPhone app icon colours

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iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 1:31pm

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Is it possible to change the colour of an app icon?
I'm fed up with selecting "Phone" instead of "Messages" or vice versa ................ they are both the same colour of green.

Yes, I know that Phone has a handset logo and Messages has a speech bubble ...................... but why the same colour?
Sometimes, I don't see clearly enough and press the wrong one. Having different colours would sort it for me.

Is it possible?
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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Psamathe » 22 Nov 2020, 1:38pm

Not (as far as I know). Some 3rd party apps allow you to change their app icon (which mostly means select from a range of the same icon but in different colours). But not found any way for Apple apps and only a few 3rd party apps provide such a feature anyway.

For no particular reason (i.e. not to address the issue you describe) I have the "Phone" in the bottom bar and Messages elsewhere - so I tend to work by position rather than looking at the icon (for those two).

Some Apple icons are very easily ignored. The "Music" app on Mac's - something about it means I seem to be mostly blind to it.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 1:41pm

I'm minimalist with my home page.
Settings, Phone, Messages, Camera.

They are the only four I use generally, so they are there at the bottom.
If I can't change the colour, I'll have to change my layout then. :cry:

It would be so easy for software to change a colour.
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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Paulatic » 22 Nov 2020, 1:42pm

I don’t know of any way to change colours. I share your pain and like Ian I’ve used placement as my guide.
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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby kwackers » 22 Nov 2020, 1:48pm

App icons are solid graphics and are 'baked' into the app so you can't change them.

They also don't have a background colour as such, they're simply graphics - could be a photo for example.
Any changes would have to be done by the operating system and that would require a load of chaff telling it which colours could be changed, what the allowable range was etc etc.
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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 1:50pm

Thanks Kwackers, I somehow thought it would be like that, but it would be so easy for the software people to give the ability to select a colour .......... or would it be color?

BTW, how do you do a screenshot?
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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby kwackers » 22 Nov 2020, 1:54pm

Mick F wrote:Thanks Kwackers, I somehow thought it would be like that, but it would be so easy for the software people to give the ability to select a colour .......... or would it be color?

BTW, how do you do a screenshot?

Screen shot in the traditional sense?

Some sort of bizarre button combinations - I have to google it every time I need to do one!
https://www.theverge.com/21340137/apple-iphone-screenshots-ios-how-to-take

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Maillot Rouge » 22 Nov 2020, 2:02pm

You can’t change App colours.
I have the phone and message icons at opposite sides of the tool bar for this reason.To do a screenshot you press the volume up button and on button simultaneously.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 2:10pm

Kwackers has it correct.
Home and On button simultaneously.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Maillot Rouge » 22 Nov 2020, 2:30pm

Sorry!
I presumed you were using a newer model iPhone.The procedure changed on the X and above which no longer have the home button.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 3:06pm

Sorry, should have said!

iPhone 6s .......... but the same icon system is in my spare phone iPhone 5c.

Any road up, all I can do is separate the apps so they aren't next to each other.
Silly system, and if I ruled the world, we could change the icon colours .............. and sizes as well maybe.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Jdsk » 22 Nov 2020, 3:16pm

You can effectively change icon colours (and lots else) in iOS 14. Can you run that?

https://www.google.com/search?q=change+app+colours+ios+14

In previous OSs I recommend using a different location to avoid confusion, as above.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby al_yrpal » 22 Nov 2020, 3:19pm

What you need Mick is some clever dick to write two apps. One would open the phone app and the other would open the text app, then clear the phone app and text app from your home screen...

Simples.... :lol:

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby kwackers » 22 Nov 2020, 3:26pm

Jdsk wrote:You can effectively change icon colours (and lots else) in iOS 14. Can you run that?

https://www.google.com/search?q=change+app+colours+ios+14

In previous OSs I recommend using a different location to avoid confusion, as above.

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I haven't written any iOS apps since about iOS 8* so there's obviously been a big change at some point...
They must have changed the build process so you can specify a background colour, unless they mandate a fixed background it can't work for all apps though...

As part of the build process you (used to) pass in 3 icons of different sizes, these then simply got baked into the app and where used at various points by the OS.


*Not strictly true, the stuff I'm working on now runs on iOS but I have no interest in the actual build process, that's someone else's bag, I simply push my changes to the server and it installs the latest build on my phone.

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Re: iPhone app icon colours

Postby Mick F » 22 Nov 2020, 4:07pm

Jdsk wrote:You can effectively change icon colours (and lots else) in iOS 14. Can you run that?

https://www.google.com/search?q=change+app+colours+ios+14

In previous OSs I recommend using a different location to avoid confusion, as above.

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