Apr 3, 2013

iPhone Customization--Part TWO!

Holy iPhone Customizing Batman.  Apparently, I'm not the only one who was on a desperate quest to make my iPhone screen prettier.  As of time of this post, I've had 45,768 views on my iPhone customization post ALONE.  I'm averaging like 15,000 views a day.  That blows me away, considering my little blog gets a little over a 1,000 views a week.  So, since you guys are so pumped up about making pretty icons, and I promised you a post on how to make the icons for some of the pre-downloaded apps, here it is!!

To start, I'm going to do an icon for the App Store.  This is an app that comes already downloaded on your iPhone and you cannot delete it.  The steps below are going to be for apps like that.  Ready?


Just like in my last post, go to the Cocoppa app.



Make sure you're looking at "Icons" instead of "Wallpapers" or "Stamps."

                         


Scroll all the way down to the bottom and search icons by typing in "App Store." 



Go through all the selections and pick your favorite icon.  Click on it. 



Next screen, hit "Set up link." 



Next, you're going to assign the short-cut link for your app.  In the previous tutorial, you would search for your app that you downloaded.  Here, we're going to scroll to the bottom and hit "URL."



 Now, here's where it's going to get a little complicated.  You'll have different URL codes for different apps. These are the ones that are available so far: 

iTunes--  http://itunes.apple.com
Maps--  Maps: 
Messages--  SMS:
Music--  Music:
Photos--  Photos-redirect:
Safari--  pick website homepage (I picked www.google.com)

Enter the URL and hit "Done" at the top. 

Correction:  This is the URL for iTunes, not the App Store.  I haven't located the correct URL for the App Store, if anyone would like to post that in comments!

Next screen, you're going to name your icon whatever your little heart desires.  Then hit "OK."



A box will automatically pop up, asking you to go to Safari and add the icon to your home screen.  Click "Yes."



Almost done!  Hit the "share" button on the next screen.  It's near the bottom and looks like an arrow coming out of a box.  


Next screen, hit "Add to Home Screen."



Last screen, name the app--again.  Not sure why they make you do it twice.  Hit "Add."



Shaboom.  There it is. 


 Hooray pretty screens and icons!  Now, just like any other app on the market, this one has its flaws.  There are no URL codes yet for some of the other pre-downloaded apps like Phone, Calculator, Notes, Calendar, etc.  The codes I listed above are the only ones I've located.  

Also, warning numero dos.  Don't do too many of these.  Since you do have to keep your original icon (or it'll delete the app completely), it does take up memory space on your phone.  I learned the hard way that if you change all your icons to ones from Cocoppa, your phone will run crazy slow.  So I picked my favorite apps, the ones I use the absolute most, and transformed them.  I left some of the others, like App Store and iTunes, alone.  Your call though.  If you'd rather have a pretty phone that runs slower, go icon ca-razy! 

Enjoy :))) 

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.

76 comments:

Tessa Westhoff said...

Love your post! I am having trouble with changing me e-mail icon. Can you help? Thanks!

Devan Gaddie said...

What kind of email provider do you have (i.e. gmail)?

Tessa Westhoff said...

I have gmail, but I am just using the mail app that came on my phone...I am having the same issue with my weather app

Joy said...

how did you get your itunes icon to change... I can't find the app when I search it on cocoppa

Devan Gaddie said...

I wish I could help you on that one, but I have the Gmail app from the App Store, so I just followed the directions from the first tutorial to bring it up.

Devan Gaddie said...

Joy, I just tried it on my app and I got a bunch of iTunes icons to pop up....maybe try it again?

Tessa Westhoff said...

I just downloaded the gmail app! Any idea about the weather app that comes on the phone?

Lgrabowski61 said...

When I do the messaging one, using the preassigned "short cut list" from the app, it asks if I want to set the shortcut to "phone call" or "email"... But it's for messaging... Can anyone shed some light on this one?

Devan Gaddie said...

Not sure about the weather. Maybe google "URL codes for cocoppa weather?" I use The Weather Channel app.

Maria Sullivan said...

What are the URL's for Messages(SMS), Music & Phone?

Devan Gaddie said...

It's in the post Maria.
Messages is SMS:
Music is Music:

There isn't one for Phone right now. You can set an icon to call a specific person, but not a general phone.

Maria Sullivan said...

Thanks for your response...for some reason, the links I type in will not connect.
http://sms.apple.com

Is that correct?

On another note...I love your posts! Thanks :)

Devan Gaddie said...

Oh! I'm sorry. No, just put in SMS: The App Store is the only one that needs the actual web address with the www.apple.com. Does that make sense? The photos, messages, etc. just need the word I put (Photos: Music: SMS:)

Maria Sullivan said...

Got it! Thanks so much!

Kate said...

I just tried to do "Photos" and used the linc "Photos:" and it doesn't do anything. Can you help?

Devan Gaddie said...

Try Photos-redirect:

Anonymous said...

On all the ones I downloaded when I click the new app it brings a blank white screen from the app store then goes to the real app how to I get rid of that?

Anonymous said...

I looked it up and you can use the code Mailto: for your email. However, it won't have the red circle at the top right corner telling you how many messages are in your inbox.

Jodie said...

Yep... Mailto: works for the standard mail app. Thanks for these posts! I love how pretty my phone is!

Devan Gaddie said...

I'm loving that you guys are finding the stuff I can't! I have noticed a couple of things....it doesn't notify you about new mail, new Tweets, new Facebook notifications, etc. I just set mine to chime or make noise, so I know I have something new.
To the person that asked about the blank screen--that's how it is. It'll bring up a blank white screen and then transfer to your app on all of them.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused by the URL's you are supposed to type in. For example, what would the URL be for my photos? I tried just "Photos:" but I don't think that's right.... I know this may be a dumb question, but I am confused :)

Jennifer Esparza said...

what about calendar? tried calendar: no luck

Devan Gaddie said...

Try Photos-redirect: instead of just "Photos:" and see if that works.
Jennifer, there isn't a URL for Calendar, Calculator, Notes and several others. They just haven't developed that yet. They have to stay the same old icon. Sorry!

Laura Craig said...

videos: works too!

These all work for the iPad as well! You have to download the cocoppa app for iPhone on the iPad since it is iPhone app only, but it still works :) I'm decking out both my iPad and iPhone!!

Devan Gaddie said...

Whoa! Great advice Laura!

Camille said...

Thanks so much for your posts!! They are absolutely wonderful!!! I was able to follow your simple steps right from your blog and everything works great!! You made this so easy!! Thank you!!

Irene Higgins said...

The App Store link your posted brought me to iTunes, try this for AppStore instead http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=294409923&mt=8

Irene Higgins said...

Also does anyone know the URL for spotify, have tried looking for it and can't find it

Diannamarie said...

And now the app is under maintenance! :)
I will try again tomorrow. I can't wait to customize my iphone!!!

Diannamarie said...

And it's back up! lol

Diannamarie said...

Two questions:
Did you change the icon for your Bible Gateway app?
Where can I find that super cute chevron wallpaper??
Thanks so much!!!

Ellen said...

Love the blog! Thanks for your posts!

I tried Photos: and Photos-redirect: and both only bring up a blank white screen and never transfer to the app. Sad and confused... :(

Heather said...

The URL you posted for the app store brings you to iTunes. Do you know the correct URL?

Anonymous said...

I have a few questions, I have followed all of your instructions step by step and when I go to the safari app, the photo app, the messaging app, the App Store and my music all I get is a blank white screen...Can you tell me what I need to do to make these apps work please?

Devan Gaddie said...

Hooray! I'm glad you enjoyed Camille! Thanks for reading :)

Devan Gaddie said...

Oh goodness. I'm not sure! Without seeing it myself, I don't know that I could help. Sorry!

Devan Gaddie said...

Ack! I put the wrong thing. There isn't one for App Store, as far as I can tell. Thanks for catching my silly mistake!!

Devan Gaddie said...

I did. I searched "bible" in cocoppa and picked one I liked and then made it go to my bible gateway app (see my first iPhone customization post for step by step instructions on how to do that).
The wallpaper came from Cocoppa too! At the home screen, select "wallpapers" instead of "icons" and browse your little heart out!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to check and see how do you get your music, messages, and photos to work after making the new icons for them in cocoppa? I have followed your instructions step by step

Fine Family said...

Try calshow:// for calendars, it worked for me! Thanks for the great post!

Anonymous said...

I got the cocoppa app yesterday and love love love how my phone looks now but.... I just read the reviews on cocoppa and they aren't good. many say it carries a virus and freezes your phone on the white screen. most report they lost everything.... had to restore their phone back to factory settings. all this happened after the first couple of days. now i'm worried. I see you wrote your first blog 3/27 I think and this second one 4/3 so i'm assuming your phone is ok. anyone having problems?

Tonya K said...

For those getting the white screen when doing the installed apple apps (phone, sms, photos, etc.) make sure that gloss is on and then it will work.

Vanessa W said...

can you provide URLS as i want to ensure if I have done right for icons
for maps---http://map.apple.com
for messages http://sms.apple.com

photos??????

thanks so much and love the icons!!!!!!!

Mt said...

I really enjoyed this App. thanks a lot. Is there any way to have the notifications on the new stylish Icon?
ciao

norine said...

Fun! What are y'all googling to get urls for say,
iphone camera
weather
contacts
settings
notes
etc?

Anonymous said...

Anyone else having an issue where the link goes to a blank message? I did one for messages...and when I tap it, it goes to a new message and not the list of messages i have.

Anonymous said...

I googled "URLs for cocoppa" and it brought up numerous sites with URL links. So far, they've worked for me. As for the messages, if you hit cancel when it pulls up the "compose new msg" box, it will take you back to your list of msgs. When you add the shortcut to the home screen it's basically adding a shortcut to compose a msg not take you to the msgs you already have.

Anonymous said...

I have figured everything out except the camera, and the phone. Are those two possible to change or no? Thanks for sharing everything!!

Danielle said...

For those looking for iTunes, app store, and mail app (not gmail, just the preloaded mail), I found this website with URLs for cocoppa.

Danielle said...

http://www.samanthadewinter.com/2013/01/cocoppa-help.html?m=1

Samantha James said...

Found some others and thought it'd be nice to have them in one spot. -SJ

(** separates urls so DO NOT include stars or heart)
Photos= photos-redirect:// **
Safari ♥ http://www.google.com**
Maps ♥ maps:**
SMS ♥ sms:**
Mail ♥ mailto:**
Music ♥ music:**
iTunes ♥ http://itunes.apple.com**
App Store ♥ http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=294409923&mt=8 **
Calendar: calshow:// (dont think the date will update though)

Laurie Dixon said...

You rock! It worked!

A Randomlicious Blog for the Soul said...

Does this work with Ipad?

Anonymous said...

anybody found anything for Phone yet?

...and anyone have any issues with it freezing your phone and having to restore it?

Anonymous said...

Love this thanks! Also I noticed in the example you're choosing app store...it's actually Itunes your changing not the app store. It won't give you your update notifications

Christine said...

I made one for messages but now I'd like to delete it. How do I go about doing that?

julia hartlieb said...

OK seriously, this is the cutest. thing. ever. I've jailbroken my phone (mostly to get more apps on my home row & individual message timestamps) but this is the CUTEST. THING. EVER.

I may be repeating myself. Playing with this app made me stay up past 9 so you know it's good.

April said...

Is there a way to link to messages and the basic mail app without it going to a new message in either? I did the sms: and mailto: for each, respectively. I know that I can cancel the new message and get to my inbox, but I was just wondering if there was a way to go straight to the inbox.

Seska Gimlin said...

^^^^ I was wondering the same thing. Does anybody know if that's possible?

AndyKat said...

Maybe I'm missing something, but when I search for "app store" I get one result, and it's not cute. lol When I searched for Music I got a pop up that said, the icon is yet to be registered. Any ideas?

AndyKat said...

Never mind ^... I figured it out. and, YAY!!! My phone is so pretty now.

idontknow said...

Hi there, I just found this blog and had a quick question. When customizing the apps, I do not get any notifications. For example; when I get an email a little red dot with a number in it pops up on the app, on the new customized app, I do not get that notification. Can you help me with that?

Liz Menear said...

Yeh same, i need help with that too.

Junes Graphics said...

You will not get notifications. Best way to go is through winterboard. Make a theme folder, make a bundles folder, find the apps bundle *sms is com.apple.MobileSMS make that folder. Put in an icon and select in winterboard. Or download a premade theme. I have a few.
http://JunesGraphics.blogspot.com Also tutorials on theming;)

AndyKat said...

***WARNING*** No offence to the blogger, because this idea is the best ever, but this app crashed my 4S. I made pretties for my most used apps, and everything worked fine for a few days, but then I tried to check my email and everything went crazy. The white screen came up, and usually it just links you to whatever app you hit, but this time it froze on the white screen. Nothing would work, not even holding the power button. My phone was almost dead at the time, so I let it die and when I turned it back on I had the same blank white screen. I had to restore it from itunes. I won't be doing it again, but my phone was super cute for a few days. lol

bryson garner said...

ok so i've been looking at the posts, i made a pretty for safari but how do i get it to bottom of screen to take place of old one?

Ashley Paige said...

The same thing happened to me that happened to Andy Kat! My iPod 4th generation totally crashed! The white screen came up and the nit just stayed there! i couldn't shut it off or anything. So
♥BEFORE YOU START THIS APP, MAKE SURE TO SYNC IPOD/IPHONE TO ITUNES SO IF IT CRASHES YOU CAN RESTORE ALL OF IT'S DATA AND SO YOU WONT LOSE EVERYTHING!!!!♥
Once you've restored it all, then everything's saved and it's fixed!!!

Lindsay said...

Having fun with this...but now I'm a little scared after hearing about what has happened to some of your phones! Eek!
My question is...How do I undo one if I want to go back to the old icon?? Anyone know? Thanks!

Lindsay Gravlee said...

So I take it theres no way to make pretty icons and get the notifications for them? Boo. I like them but need my notifications to show

Zack Lockhart said...

itms-apps:// to link directly to the App Store.

Caitlin said...

I'm having the same issue where when I search for "iTunes" or "App Store" I only get 2 or 3 crummy results. What gives? What am I doing wrong?

Paula Morenz said...

I need help with the photos icon. Ive tried photos, photos: and photos-redirect://, nothing :( any ideas??

Carlee Sergent said...

It's cal-show:

Carlee Sergent said...

I had it on my phone for over 4 months and it didn't do anything to my phone at all. I stopped using in for a few weeks, now, I'm about to change it all back. I think it's more of what they have on their phone, not the cocoppa app itself

Carlee Sergent said...

That's just something you have to deal with with the messaging app. You can hit cancel in the corner and it'll take you to the messages list

Ashley said...

What do I put in as the URL to change Safari?

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