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How You Can Restore the Classic Google Icons on Android and iOS

by Araya Mika

Google is replacing the recognizable icons of its many web applications and utilities with minimal, multi-colored variants. While these latest icons share a more coherent look, a lot of people are not thrilled with the redesign.

Luckily, you can revive old-school icons for Drive, Gmail, Meet, Calendar, and any other modified Google icons on any device. Third-party Chrome plugins will restore icons to older desktop designs, but because new icons are far more noticeable – and more irritating – to Android and iOS, you may want to update them as well.

Below are the steps for both operating systems, but you will first need to download images of the old Google icons to your computer. After the icon photos have been saved, it’s time to start editing them.

Go Back To Old Google Android Icons

Android users will need a third-party app launcher that allows you to customize app icons.  This method should be fairly straightforward, no matter which launcher you are using. In Lawnchair 2, for example, you’re just going to have to click every app whose icon you don’t like. Tap Personalize, tap the icon itself, and you can select any image on your Android using the “Open Photos” command.

Switching to a new app launcher ensures you’ll need to set up your home screen and app windows again, and certain backgrounds or wallpapers can need to be replaced (your phone interface may even look different). It’s a process to reset everything, but it’s a reasonable tradeoff if you really want Gmail and Drive to look like themselves.

Go Back To Old Ios Google Icons

Unlike Android, iOS ‘s got a built-in workaround. As long as your iPhone runs iOS 14 (or higher), you can make app shortcuts with unique icons and place them on your home screen. We’ve got a walkthrough to change your iOS app icon here. Repeat these steps for all the icons that you want to modify. It’s a more complex process than it should be, but it’s the best one you can get on the Apple operating system.

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