Mar 27, 2013

iPhone Customization...Finally!!

Youuuuu guyyyyyys.  I found the COOLEST pin on Pinterest the other night.  Seriously.  The. Coolest. 

I've been a proud iPhone owner for awhile now, switching over from an Android.  I never held any affiliation toward any specific brand of phone.  If it called, texted and Facebooked, it was good enough for me.  But y'all.  I LOVE my iPhone.  Love it.  But I don't love how I can't really customize it.  On my old phone, I could put whatever in the world I wanted on my home screens...specific pictures, photo albums, different commands (text Marty, call home, etc.)...it was 100% customizable.  I knew that my phone didn't look like a hundred other phones out there.  Then I switched to the iPhone, where everything is pretty much standard on every single phone.  UNTIL TODAY.  Y'all ready for this (cue Jock Jams music)??


To quote my favorite race car (Lighting McQueen)--KACHOW!  Omgeez.  This makes my little creative heart so, so happy.  The original pin that I found was written kind of confusingly and it took me awhile to wade through all the information and what I thought the blogger was trying to say.  So, I'm going to tempt to explain it in a MUCH easier way (I hope....)  Wanna know how to do it?  Good thing I'm a giving person...because I'm gonna share the steps!  Ready??  (WARNING:  ABOUT TO BE A PICTURE OVERLOAD)

First, go to the App store and download the app "Cocoppa."  IT'S FREE.  Yeehaw!



When you have the app downloaded and open to the home screen, it should look like this:



I'm 99.9% sure that this was originated somewhere in Asia because a lot of the apps are in an Asian language.  But don't let that scare you off.  I'm going to walk you through! 
First, let's tackle an easy app like Facebook.  Make sure that your screen is displaying "Icons."  You can check at the top where it reads: "Icons" "Wallpapers" and "Stamps."  "Icons" should be in dark pink if selected.


Next, scroll down all the way to the bottom.  Don't even bother going through the "search" options they offer....I think lots of things got lost in translation and everything except "Search by colors" is SUPER confusing.  I just decided on which app I wanted to search for.  So, let's search for "Facebook" icons.



On the next page, you'll see tons of icons pop up.  Choose your favorite (and that could take scrolling through several pages to decide on one) and click on it.


Once you've clicked on it, it should take you to a new screen.  Click on the banner that says "Set up link."




Next, you'll be setting up the app to go with your new icon.  In this case, when we're using an app that was downloaded from the App Store, so hit "App Search."




Now, Facebook is super popular so it pops right up first thing.  But you can also search for your app in the search bar too.  That takes a little digging.  In this case, click on the Facebook icon.



Next screen, you'll put the name of your app in the box and hit "OK."




Next, you'll want to open the link in Safari to be able to add it to your home screen.  So, hit "Yes" when the box pops up asking you to go to Safari.




After you hit yes, it will take you to a new Safari page.  You'll want to hit the "Share" button at the bottom to be able to add the icon.  It looks like a box with an arrow coming out it it.  Hit it.


Finally, a box will pop up.  Hit the icon that says "Add to Home Screen."



Name that little app whatever your heart desires.....



And voila!!  There she is, my friends.  Your pretty, new personalized icon for you to enjoy.
 



FYI.  You do have to keep your old icon for you to still have the actual app.  So I put all of my old icons together in a folder** (which I aptly named "Unpretties") and put on the last "page" of my home screen so I wouldn't see them.  **You can create a folder by holding one app and putting it over another.  That creates folders which can hold multiple apps at a time.  Example:




Now, this post will be one of several explaining how to make your iPhone prettier by using this app.  Use this post to download new icons for any app you've downloaded from the App Store.  But, be warned:  since Cocoppa is obviously from Asia, a lot of apps aren't available to make "prettier."  So just play around and see which apps they offer and which ones you're stuck with. 

In my next post, I'll explain how to make icons for some of the items that came pre-downloaded on your phone like your Music, Photos, Safari, Videos and so on. 

Happy customizing.....


Disclaimer:  I do not own the Cocoppa app.  I am simply doing a review of the app and how it works on my personal phone.  I am not responsible for the app or how it may work on your phone. 

100 comments:

mrswipresume said...

i loved this!! i got bored with how my apps were looking. i wonder if there's a way to add an app that hasn't been "recreated" yet? any ideas?

Nico

Devan Gaddie said...

What do you mean by "recreated?"

GirlHouse said...

Looking forward to the the next post on how to make icons!

Suzanne A. Minskey said...

This is seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen. THANK YOU! This makes my phone soooo much cooler now. :)

Melissa said...

This is so great! I've been wanting to do this for years and didn't know it was possible! One question though- how do you change the icons for Safari, mail, iTunes etc?

Victoria Everhart said...

how do you do the camera and photos and music?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just done my Facebook icon but as the last thing you put was to save the original icon, I appear to have lost mine could you advise how to revert?

Helen said...

I love this! But I can't find the Safari icon & other apple default apps. How did you find them? I thank you for sharing this.

Devan Gaddie said...

For everyone that's asked: I'm doing a post tonight or tomorrow that's going to explain how to do the icons for Safari, Photos, Music and other pre-installed apps. So stay tuned!!

Anonymous said...

how can i change the icons for the apps that already come on my phone?? Thanks for the help, my phone looks pretty now! :)

Haunani Thunell said...

Oh, thank you so much for sharing! You're awesome!! :)

Jenoa Gorder said...

I'm really looking forward to the next tutorial!!!!

Patti MacLeith said...

Fun. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait for more.

Anonymous said...

You Rock! I'm a little on the OCD side so I had already "colour coordinated" my apps. But This, this is so much more fun. Thanks!!!

Gretchen Helterhoff said...

Must. Have. Next. Post. PLEASE!!! :-)

Devan Gaddie said...

It's here!!! http://supermessysupermommy.blogspot.com/2013/04/iphone-customization-part-two.html

Anonymous said...

How come I can not find this app Cocoppa?

Devan Gaddie said...

I don't know? I just double checked in the app store and it was the first thing that popped up.

Tracy T said...

The android version seems to be Coco Launcher :)

allie said...

where did you find your chevron wallpaper?? LOVE IT!!

Devan Gaddie said...

The background came from Cocoppa too! Go to the top, where I have Icons selected and hit "Wallpapers." Then save it to your camera roll and make it your background!

Anonymous said...

Can this work for an iPad as well?

Anonymous said...

I created a message icon for my email but now every time I click on it it takes me straight to composing an email instead of straight to my inbox...this happening to any one else?
Kristen

Anonymous said...

Mine did not work right it still has my Facebook app the same and my icon. They are separated from each other what am I supposed to do?

Anonymous said...

can you do it for the mail, notes, ...safari..etc?

Miriam Lane said...

How do you do photos?

Miriam Lane said...

How do you do photos?

scarletcalliope said...

Super cute, Love Kawaii!

Christine Barker
www.ScarletCalliope.com

Devan Gaddie said...

Miriam, I explain how to do all the already downloaded apps that come with your phone. Check out "iPhone customization...part TWO!" and thanks for reading!

Devan Gaddie said...

Absolutely! Go to my post right after this one, titled "iPhone customization...part TWO!" and it details how to do those type of apps!

Devan Gaddie said...

I just tried it, and YES! It'll show up as an iPhone app when you bring it up on the App Store, but it still lets you download it on there!

Devan Gaddie said...

It did work....it'll keep your old icon and also create a new one. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of my post and I explain how I just put all my old icons together in a folder. If you delete the old icon, it deletes the app completely.

Devan Gaddie said...

Sorry...I posted a new comment instead of replying! It came from Cocoppa too! Select "wallpapers" instead of "icons" on the home screen and browse away! Lots of cute ones on there!

Devan Gaddie said...

I'm not sure. Wish I could help!! :(

Devan Gaddie said...

That happened to me too. I was having to exit out of the email to get back to my inbox. Since I was using gmail, I just downloaded the gmail app instead.

tara thompson-ward said...

OMG.... i'll be up all night fixing my apps now! :) thanks for a great tutorial!

…andtheyallfalldown...

Anonymous said...

For droid the screen looks very different do u use the same steps?

Anonymous said...

these are just short cuts though... I just wanted to change the look of the original icon

Anonymous said...

how do you do the photos icon?

Anonymous said...

where is your part 2

Anonymous said...

After I changed two of my apps it did not allow me to change anymore without registering with Cocoppa. I just wanted to make sure that we needed to register if we want to use more than two of our icons?

Anonymous said...

Ok some people have downloaded this and they had to restart there apple product so i deleted it and and all the little icons

Anonymous said...

does it cost anything to customize it

Green With Envy Boutique said...

OMG!!! Love this. Great find. I downloaded the Cocopaa app while i still had your instructions still up on the screen. Easy to follow. Already changed three apps in 5 minutes....I'm going to share now with friends and family.....

Thank you,
Sherry

Ashley Kling said...

This made my heart happy! I have been wanting customize my phone for a while now!

Anonymous said...

Anyone else having an issue with the app being a screenshot of the Safari confirmation page? I've tried several times, and I can get all the way to "Add to Homescreen" on Safari step, but instead of the pretty icon showing up on my screen, it's a screenshot of that page. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Hello, after doing 2 of these its asking me to sign up. is this necessary to keep using this app? its seems so. it's want to start a SNS account and going through facebook or other media's. why?

Anonymous said...

I downloaded the app and changed mine to look pretty and kept all my original apps as well. When I clicked one the screen went white and now my phone isn't working and I can't even turn it back on. Did this happen to anyone else?

Anonymous said...

Just to caution everyone make sure you have the original app before you customize the app or else you will end up looking at a white screen until your phone dies. I did a few of my apps and then I couldn't remember if I had the free version or not, I took a guess and looked at a blank white screen until my phone died.

Devan Gaddie said...

Just a couple of answers to a few questions:

1. I've had it downloaded on my phone for awhile now and haven't experienced any problems. Don't overload it with new icons or it'll go very slowly.

2. It's free, but you do need to register with them to be able to do more than 2 icons.

3. Here's the link for changing the apps like Photo, iTunes, Music, etc.
http://supermessysupermommy.blogspot.com/2013/04/iphone-customization-part-two.html

Anonymous said...

I didn't have a problem getting icons to download for apps I added to my phone, but I followed the steps for apps that come on your phone and the 2 I've tried haven't worked...I touch the pretty icon and it just takes me to a white screen (but I am able to touch my home button and it goes back to my home screen). Gonna try it again, bc I really want pretty icons for the ones I use the most. Thanks for posting this bc I was wanting to change my icons but I didn't want anyone to "jailbreak" my phone for me to be able to do it!

Anonymous said...

Have you created this post yet?

Devan Gaddie said...

http://supermessysupermommy.blogspot.com/2013/04/iphone-customization-part-two.html

Katie Clark said...

I couldn't find a lot of apps!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if this works for the Ipod 4? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

lol, there's a right way to do this, and this isn't it. you're not customizing anything, you're just adding random shortcuts with custom icons. no matter how bad you "customize" the app store icon, the actual app store will still be there, with the same icon it's always had.

actual customization would involve going into the app bundle and replacing the icon, or creating a theme with the icons you want and applying it with winterboard.

you may wish to look into jailbreaking, the results on offer are far superior to anything you could hope to accomplish here. just my 2¢
-radu

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS! I have a question about getting the new icons for Phone, Messages, & Email. There's the part when adding it that it asks for your phone number or email address. I put in my number for Messages and Phone and now when I open it up it automatically calls my number and has a text open for me to send to myself. It won't allow me to add it without putting my #/email address in…
Has anyone dealt with this & know what I need to do to keep it from doing this?
Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Well of course, all you're doing is creating shortcuts to call & text yourself. Hope it's a fun conversation!

Anonymous said...

WARNING: a number of my friends used this app and it RUINED their phones!!! (Apple even said this app was the cause).

Heather Jensen said...

Awesome tutorial. Will this work on my I Pod too? :)

Kammi said...

Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome tutorial! My iphone has never looked better! I just featured you in my blog post, here:

http://lifewithsophi.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-iphone-is-fancy-yall.html

Anonymous said...

I love this!!!!!!! The tutorial was so easy to understand and now I am addicted!!!!!!! My phone will now be unique and personalized!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nicole said...

LOVE THIS! I am writing a post on my blog and sending them your way!

Nicole @ first comes love...
nicoledschaak.blogspot.com

Bonnie Jones said...

Love this and it is fabulous but where do i find out how to change icons tht came on the phone such as safari, alarm, phone, contacts, messages, etc?

Anonymous said...

i found a great icon for music but i cant find the app when it tells you to scroll to find the app your making a shortcut for ;(

Anonymous said...

Hi! Thanks for the tutorial!! But in the New icons the notifications of the messagges do not appear... Could you help me please?? Tks

Cassy Turcotte said...

Okay, so, when I hit the link I'll be directed to the safari page version of the app??

monique adams said...

does this jail break your phone

Christina McGuire said...

Thank you!!!! I'm your newest follower :) Hope you stop by my blog and follow along too!! Loving this app!

Anonymous said...

This is pretty cool. KUDOS!

pam hemedes said...

Can you still change it to its original theme?

Kim H said...

Do they have cocoppa for android phones? Cause i cant find it

shay said...

I was just wondering, what did you search to get the safari icon? I cannot seem to find many choices searching 'internet' 'browser' or 'safari'

Anonymous said...

When I get notifications they only appear in the original app. How do you get the new looking app cover to receive the notifications?

Diaan83 said...
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Rebecca said...

I am also wondering what you searched for to find the safari icon? Can't find anything cute!

Cordelia said...

I think I've found out why people's phones have gone to a white screen. When you open the cocoppa shortcut icon it brings up both the shortcut and the app. Then both of those go down into the double click bar at the bottom. If you don't clear those often, it gets backed up and screws up the phone. that's just my theory. my friend has had troubles when he doesn't clear that bottom bar of clutter.

example in the link below:

http://imgur.com/a/EhYnL

Carrie Sundberg said...

Great instructions!! Thanks a lot!!

jydalton said...

Each time i enter the message "SMS:" it populates my actual telephone number into the box. I have a 4s. Anyone else having an issue with this and know a workaround?

Dianne said...

I got super excited when I recognized that Pinterest substitute app you used! Glad to see my designs getting some love and being put to use.

http://theserendipitypattern.blogspot.com/

James Inderson said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I like it. telekupon

Boo Spillane said...

I am going to ask a really silly question. I love the look of these but are you saying that you put your old ones in a folder but still have to go to them for everything? The ones from this app are just to look at and still have to go to wherever you put the old ones? Sorry, confused!

will ferrell said...

Like iOS 5 but during migration to MobileMe and iCloud my contacts aren't talking with the messaging app, so every text I get just shows the phone number. I've tried just about every scenario and have finally come to the conclusion that there is an invisible concact group that can only be accessed by creating a new contact from the texting app and then searching it in iPhone search.

Glasgow Mummy said...

Love this - thanks for sharing. I've mentioned you on my blog this morning and put a link to your tutorial :-)

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Yuna Kim said...

Thank you so much! :D

By the way, the language was Japanese... ;)

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