Free Sample: On iPhone, long press the settings icon and tap “Save to Photos.” Then follow along below.
Download the .zip file to your phone. It will be available in the “Files” app and will automatically unzip itself when you click on it.
- Open the Shortcuts app on your phone. Click the “+” button in the upper right corner to add a new action.
- Click “Add Action”
- Choose “Scripting”
- Choose “Open App”
- Tap “Choose” and select the App that you want to replace the icon for (yes you have to do this for each app)
- At the very bottom of the screen, tap the share button and scroll down until you see “Add to Home Screen”. Tap that.
- Tap on the app icon to the left of the words “New Shortcut” and select “Choose File.” Navigate to where you saved the dark icons and then select the icon you want to use.
- Delete the text “New Shortcut” and give the shortcut a name, or leave it blank if you like a less cluttered look. Then tap “Add” at the top right corner of the screen.
- Then tap “Next” in the upper right corner and give the shortcut a name for Siri to respond to – probably just the name of the app here.
- Tap “Done” in the upper right corner. You now have the app shortcut on your Home Screen.
- You can long press on the real app and choose “Remove App” and then, instead of deleting the app, just select “Remove from Home Screen and the app will be moved to the App Library on the phone.
You’ll find that the iOS wants to display a banner every time you run a shortcut. Very annoying and there is a workaround that reduces the number of times these banners are shown:
- Open the Shortcuts app.
- Tap on “Automation” at the very bottom of the screen.
- Tap the blue “+” at the upper right to create a new automation.
- Press “Create Personal Automation”
- Scroll down and select “App”
- Leave there setting to “Is Opened” and tap on “Choose” to select all the apps whose icons you are replacing.
- Hit “Next”, then “Add Action”
- Search for “Nothing” and choose that as the action.
- Hit “Next” again and toggle off “Ask Before Running”
- Press “Done”
- Press one of your new dark icon app shortcuts to run it. This is necessary before the next steps. Just let it open an app and then close the app.
- Go to the “Settings” app for your phone, scroll down and tap “Screen Time”
- Tap “See All Activity”
- At the top of the screen, tap “Day” and then “Week”
- Scroll way down, past “Most Used”, past “Pickups”, to “Notifications”
- Tap “Shortcuts”
- I found the best setting is to leave “Notification Center” checked and uncheck “Lock Screen” and “Banners”.
That’s it. You’re all done. Unfortunately the iOS will still show banners sometimes. It’s buggy, but this is as good as it gets until Apple decides to create a better way to have dark icons on the iPhone.
Tip: If you wish, set the notifications for your text messages and phone to “persistent” since the notification badges will not show on the dark icon shortcuts you’ve created.
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If there are icons that you need that aren’t listed, request them here.
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