How to Change App Icons on Mac

Parth Shah

Unlike iOS, there are no strict guidelines for app icons on Mac. Apple changed the behavior with the macOS Big Sur update, and the company is trying to bring uniformity among the app icons on the Mac. However, even after a year of Big Sur, we have seen some big names such as WhatsApp, Spotify, Skype, and many others yet to bring a subtle change to their app logo. You can easily change app icons in Mac and bring a visual refresh to Mac Dock and Apps menu.

Change app icons on mac

The customization options work differently on the macOS compared to iOS. On the iPhone, the users need to choose from different apps icons from the app. You can’t download an app icon from the web and implement it on the iPhone.

However, that’s not the case with Mac. With the macOS, the developers can’t offer different app icons to change the logo. Instead, you need to use the web to download and apply icons.

Without wasting any time, let’s find some good app icons for your favorite apps and apply a fresh avatar to the app.

Find App Icons from the Web

There are two scenarios here. The app developer designs different app icons and puts them on the official website to download the icons. Very few developers follow this. So you'll have to rely on third-party icon packs.

Before you go ahead and change app icons on Mac, you need to download those app icons on your Mac. But where do you find them?

Using the web sources below, you can find different app icons, styles, colors, and shapes for your preferred app on macOS.

The first source is our favorite one, and we mostly rely on it to download app icons for macOS.

macOSicons

As the name suggests, macOSicons is a dedicated website designed to offer different macOS app icons to visitors.

macOSicons boasts over 7000 Mac apps icons. Visit the website and search for any app icon using the search bar at the top.

Based on the database, the app will showcase relevant suggestions from different designers. The most popular ones will be at the top with the number of downloads mention.

Search for icons

You can click on an app icon and download the image on your Mac. No sign-up required or no paid subscription either.

Keep searching for app icons that you want to change on Mac. Download your favorite ones from the search results, and you are good to go.

Other notable mentions include Icons8 and Flaticons website that is hugely popular among designers to use icons in their projects.

Change App Icons on Mac

Now that you have downloaded the required app icons on the Mac, it’s time to change them using the steps below.

Note: We have tried the method below on the macOS 12.0 Monterey as well. And it works on the upcoming macOS without any issue.

Step 1: Move to your Mac Dock and open the Finder menu.

Step 2: Select Applications.

Step 3: Select the app that you want to customize.

Select app from applications menu

Step 4: Right-click on it and select Get Info.

Open app info menu

Step 5: Keep the Get Info window open.

Step 6: Move to the downloaded app icons in the Finder menu.

Step 7: Select the app icon you want to apply and drag it to the Get Info menu’s original app icon. Drop the icon, and you will see a new icon applied.

Drag and drop icons

As soon as you open the app again, you will new icon applied on the Dock and Applications menu.

There is one limitation. When you update the app from the Mac App Store or in-app menu, the app will revert to the original app icon. You will have to go through the steps again to apply a customized app icon.

You can create a local folder and save all the custom app icons there.

How to Remove Custom App Icon on Mac

For some reason, if you don’t like the changed app icon, you can remove it without any issue.

Open Finder > Application and locate the app. Right-click on it and open the Get Info menu. Next, click on the app icon and hit the Delete button to remove the custom app icon.

Delete custom icon

Change Mac Aesthetics

Those obsessed with tiny details on their Mac machines will surely appreciate the ability to change app icons on the Mac. In addition, you can bring uniformity on the Mac Dock, which you can miss with the official app icons from developers. Which app icons are you planning to change on the Mac? Share your picks in the comments below.

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.