Are you getting tired of looking at the same old icons every time you go back to your home screen? Did you just set yourself up with a launcher, but things still aren’t fresh enough for you? Well, Android customization goes even further–you can replace the icons on all of your downloaded applications.
Icon packs, which are generally free in the Play Store, add a new and invigorating look to your home screen. Not only that, but there’s a wide variety of exciting styles you could go for.
Not sure where to get started? No problem! What follows is Talk Android’s top 10 favorite icon packs on the Play Store. Be sure to check them out! Do keep in mind that it is more than likely that you’ll need to be running a launcher in order to take advantage of many of these.
The Stealthychief’s Stealth icon pack is literally makes your icons take on a dark and shadowy theme, perfect for those that want to transform their home screen into something stealth-like. It also includes a variety of darker wallpapers to help you transform your home screen into something unique.
For the most part, the Stealth icon pack should have all the icons you’ll ever need. But if for some reason there’s not a support icon, you can just jump into the app and request icons that are missing from the pack. Unlike many icon packs on the Play Store, this particular option isn’t free. It’ll cost you $1.99, but they’ll also run 50% off sales here and there.
Numix Project’s Numix Circle icon pack is a unique offering in that all the icons are circular. It looks nice, for the most part. However, there are some apps where forcing it into a circle just looks clunky and weird. For instance, it just makes Stack Exchange and The Verge look awkward. Besides that, it’s actually really unique and a beautiful take on icons.
It does come with its own Numix Circle wallpaper, and it supports a wide variety of different launchers.
Valient Pixel’s Moonshine icon pack is a fan favorite over here at Talk Android. Icons are unique and look stunningly gorgeous. It has a very sexy, flat, and “free form” look going on. There’s an icon for just about every app you might use, unless you’ve got an extremely uncommon application installed. However, featuring 925+ different icons, that isn’t likely.
It also comes with 28 unique wallpapers. And the best part? It’s free!
Silhouette takes on a gorgeous and almost flat, three-dimensional theme. The design of this particular icon pack is gorgeous, but there are a few caveats. For instance, this particular icon pack meshes will with darker backgrounds over colorful options.
It’s also one of the few icon packs to handle unsupported icons. Unfortunately, while they do handle unsupported icons, they look awful. However, if you’re running a darker theme on your Android device and don’t mind only supported icons on your home screen, Silhouette is a gorgeous solution, and you couldn’t go wrong with it.
Stealthychief’s Vintage is one of our favorites here at Talk Android, as it gives your home screen an old, nostalgic style. The icon pack is constantly being updated, it supports many launchers, and even unthemed icons are able to fluently take on the Vintage style. The downside? It costs $1.99, but the developer occasionally has 50% off sales running.
Phix is a fairly new icon pack, but is gorgeous and follows Google’s Material Design guidelines, putting it up there with other beautiful icon packs like Moonshine and Stark. However, you might have to relearn what icons are what.
The Phix icon pack does try to keep with the same general resemblance of icons you know and love, but many of them have had a major redesign, and in a good way. The Phix icon pack will only cost you $1.08.
The Paper Crush icon pack, developed by Vadnere, is a lovely paper-themed solution. It looks awkward on your standard wallpaper options, but the icon pack does include three wallpapers that mesh perfectly with the theme of the icon pack. Not only that, but there’s a couple of dock options, too.
Hoolm’s Smoke and Glass icon pack gives your home screen a smoke and glass theme. For instance, it takes the outline of an app like Twitter, and puts it behind smoke and glass, essentially making your apps look like a handful of marbles. It’s a unique icon pack, and the developer has created a couple hundred icons, so all of the popular apps are easily compatible. Keep in mind that it will cost you $1.80 for this solution.
Hekz is fairly self-explanatory. For the most part, most of the original icons are present in this package, but over the standard flat-style, apps now take on a hexagon theme. It’s very stylish, and there are two different Hekz themes you can choose from. Hekz’s icon pack will run you $1.49.
As developer kovdev touts, Stark is perfect for those that love the minimalist theme. Everything is flat and there’s not a whole lot of going on. Being a minimalist theme, there’s nothing flashy here, but the simple and vivid colors bring its own beauty to the home screen. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s what I personally use. It supports thousands of icons and it will work with most launchers. However, it will run you $1.99.
There are a large arsenal of icon packs available on the Google Play Store, many that we missed. There’s all types available–Steampunk, retro, modern styles, you name it. However, there’s just too many to throw into a single article. That said, we’re giving the mic to you, the readers. What’s your favorite icon pack and launcher that you’re running on your device?