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    How to change icons after root?

    Gentle Community:

    Went to change my icons with Tasker, which uses a widget to call a "load app" operation, but then after ~ 20 widgets, I had problems loading more. Checked the Tasker website and it appears I'm maxing out the memory.

    So the question is:

    Can I root my phone and then gain access to the icons and the names underneath and change things that way? It seems I'd use less memory because I wouldn't be creating a widget to load an app...

    BTW -- if this has already been discussed here, I haven't found it after several searches. If the kind respondent would simply direct me to a link, I'd be very appreciative.

    TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatllitbenext View Post
    Gentle Community:

    Went to change my icons with Tasker, which uses a widget to call a "load app" operation, but then after ~ 20 widgets, I had problems loading more. Checked the Tasker website and it appears I'm maxing out the memory.

    So the question is:

    Can I root my phone and then gain access to the icons and the names underneath and change things that way? It seems I'd use less memory because I wouldn't be creating a widget to load an app...

    BTW -- if this has already been discussed here, I haven't found it after several searches. If the kind respondent would simply direct me to a link, I'd be very appreciative.

    TIA.
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    I believe what you are attempting to accomplish is application dependent. "Theming" the individual application should give you the ability to change these specific items. The XML files have a lot of the naming conventions, and one of the image files for the app would be the icon. It's a long process to Theme an app. As far as another app out there that automates the icon changes..... I'm not sure. I've never tried.
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    You can use FolderOrganizer to change the app icon if you are going to place them on your home screen or even desktop visualizer (will change icon & wording) but neither will change them in the app tray - these 2 apps are only for use on the homescreen....
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    If you long press on a homescreen, then select shortcuts, then select applications, you can pick your app that you want a shortcut to. Then it asks you what you want to name it and you can also change the icon associated with this app. It is kind of a long way of making a shortcut to a homescreen, but I think it is accomplishing what you were asking for.
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    Thanks for your replies, everyone, but what I specifically want to avoid is using an app to change icons.

    The idea is to get at them at the root level, so as to avoid having to use a program call. What's prompted me to want to do it this way is I was using Tasker widgets ('cause you can load your own task icons) but I started getting "problems loading" ~ 20 widgets.

    Any idea where the icons are located in the system files?

    At this point, I just want to change the icon; I'm fine with the keeping the text underneath.

    Thanks.
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    cjriddle22:

    Quote Originally Posted by cjriddle22 View Post
    If you long press on a homescreen, then select shortcuts, then select applications, you can pick your app that you want a shortcut to. Then it asks you what you want to name it and you can also change the icon associated with this app.
    I tried your suggestion but was never offered the opportunity to change either icon or name.

    Am I missing something?

    chkmate & ArmyDude: thanks for your "welcome"s.

    Cheers.
    Last edited by whatllitbenext; 11-30-2010 at 06:52 AM.
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    I'm curious as well. I know that the icon files are within the APK files in /data/app. I'm not sure if the OS extracts those files and gets them out to display, or if it just has a way of pulling from the APK directly without extracting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatllitbenext View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjriddle22 View Post
    If you long press on a homescreen, then select shortcuts, then select applications, you can pick your app that you want a shortcut to. Then it asks you what you want to name it and you can also change the icon associated with this app.
    I tried your suggestion but was never offered the opportunity to change either icon or name.

    Am I missing something?

    chkmate & ArmyDude: thanks for your "welcome"s.

    Cheers.

    See the screenshots below. You were not offered anything like this?

    Are you running 2.2?
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    I know you can make all those changes in LauncherPro and ADW
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    +1 on ADW and LauncherPro. I don't believe the standard launcher has that capability directly.
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