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Apr 12, 2001

Customizing the home screen has become popular since the release of iOS 14, and many users have been adding custom app icons to their home screen using the Shortcuts app to create unprecedented levels of personalization.


The only problem with this method is that it kicks you to and from the Shortcuts app whenever you open an app with a custom icon, which isn't a great way to optimize usage and can be annoying. However, thanks to the latest update to Launch Center Pro, there's now a way to add custom app icons without going anywhere near the Shortcuts app.

Launch Center Pro manages this by using configuration profiles to add custom icons to the home screen, while a new Icon Composer lets you create unique icons with options to change icon size and color, and use glyphs, photos, shapes, names, and badges to supplement it.

When you've finished creating your icons, a downloadable configuration profile is generated by Launch Center Pro that you then need to install on your device.

The developers say each profile is cryptographically signed for security, and just contains links to web clips that launch each customized app on your iPhone or iPad. Once the profile is installed, your custom app icons appear on the home screen, where you can rearrange them to your liking.

As the video above demonstrates, it's a neat workaround that should prove popular until Apple decides to add a native ability to customize icons in iOS, and the app's interface makes the whole customization process easier and a lot less time-consuming than the Shortcuts method. The only limitation is that if you want to customize the icons of Apple's stock apps, these do still need to launch via Shortcuts.

Launch Center Pro is a free download on the App Store, but the Icon Composer is a $20 in-app purchase. In addition, the app offers a $14.49 subscription bundle that includes the icon composer as well as several other features. A free 7-day trial is also available.

Article Link: Launch Center Pro Lets Users Customize App Icons in iOS 14 Without Shortcuts
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macrumors 6502a
May 30, 2013
$20 + $14.49 ... well played! I'm always amazed how hard working and how quick from trend-to-launch some talents are... should add: any purchases are well deserved!
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macrumors member
Sep 28, 2012
They look awful. I'm also surprised Apple is allowing this. Hopefully they'll ban it soon!

You don't like it - don't use it. But it shouldn't be banned because one moron is not happy.

Anyway I'm expecting they are using something they shouldn't be and Apple will 'fix' the hole...
Please Apple stop this madness!

Who is forcing you to buy it and install it?


Sep 15, 2020
They look awful. I'm also surprised Apple is allowing this. Hopefully they'll ban it soon!

why would they ban air and why would you hope that happens because it’s not something you prefer?
People upset at what someone else does with their device that literally has nothing to do with them.


Seriously...the attitude and entitlement on this site is amazing


macrumors 6502a
Oct 13, 2011
This would perfectly complement the tacky blue of the 12. Hardware and software wise we're at Android level, only the Apple prices remain :(
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macrumors newbie
Oct 16, 2020
Oh no! People have more choice in making their phones look the way they want, but don't have to change anything if they like it the way it is. The absolute horror!
Yes! It’s a travesty [sarcasm]


macrumors member
Mar 15, 2011
Are they using MDM to set this up?
I don't think so. It looks like they're just generating the config profile file on the fly, then making it available for you to download and install manually. If you were enrolling your device in MDM, the profile would just appear on your device without the additional step of jumping over to settings and installing it.
Anything involving the download and install of a configuration profile doesn’t sit right with me. Why potentially compromise the security of your device for something so cosmetic?
Configuration profiles in and of themselves don't compromise security, since Apple allows you to see exactly what the config profile is doing when you install it. There's really no ability that I can see to hide malicious functions inside a config profile - the install screen and the profiles screen show you exactly what they're doing, and they're static files that can't be updated remotely.

The danger would be if they were doing MDM, because once you enroll in an MDM, they can pretty much do whatever they want to your device. They could, on the fly, change the config profile and push a new version out to your phone without you doing anything or even knowing what they're doing.


Apr 17, 2009
Absolutely distasteful. Actually I'm surprised Apple allows some third-party to make their interface look like a cheap chinese knockoff
Kind of reminds me of the early Mac OS 8 control panel Kaleidoscope that allowed complete customization of the GUI. There were some cool designs but man there were some truly hideous ones too lol.
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