How to change icons after root?

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  1. whatllitbenext
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    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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    Welcome!

    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:

    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.
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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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    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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    Yeah after reading through all the posts, maybe what I posted can only be accomplished through launcher pro? Sorry if I confused anyone, the first thing I did when I got my phone was install launcher pro, so I treat it as MY default home launcher.
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    How to change app icons ROOT NEEDED

    How to change app icons ROOT NEEDED
    discovered and written by Verum of DroidForums

    • open root explorer
    • find apk of appyou want to modify
    • if the app is installed, the APK should be located in /Data/app
    • in root explorer long press the apps APK and select extract all
    • go to where the apk was extracted sdcard/speedsoftware/***APKNAME***
    • open the Res file
    • fine all the icon files in all of the "Drawable" folders
    • use picsart to modify each icon without changing it's canvas size
    • save the new image in same folder, with same name , and as same file type (pnj/jpg) as the original
    • re-open root explorer
    • find the folder where everything was extracted to sdcard/speedsoftware/***APKNAME***
    • Long press the folder and select Zip
    • deleter the folder you zipped sdcard/speedsoftware/***APKNAME***
    • clong press the resulting zip and change its extension from .zip to .apk
    • click the apk to install
    • click ok to replace the non-modified version of the app
    • enjoy the new icons and buttons you just created!!!!
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    cant get it to work

    Tried it five times step by step and no luck i am running 4.2.2 but dont think that should matter.


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