Changing your whole phone’s look with Cyanogenmod’s theme engine is great, but not everyone uses or wants to use a custom ROM. There are ways to customize your phone even if you’re not on custom ROM or rooted. One of those ways is changing your icon pack. Most custom launchers tend to provide a way to change your icons easily.
Your default icon pack may vary quite a lot depending on what phone you have. If you have a Nexus or a phone running ‘vanilla’ Android like Motorola’s Moto G/X you’ll have stock icons. On Touchwiz (Samsung) you get squared icons,Optimus UI (LG) has circular icons, different icons for Sense (HTC) or Bravia (Sony) phones etc.
But, the best icons are the ones you choose instead of those forced by the manufacturer and luckily Android (unlike the ‘other’ OS) lets you easily change your icons. And there are plenty of icons packs available freely on Play Store.
But what is the best looking Icon pack available freely? Read below to find out.
15. Candy Material Icon Pack
This icon pack unifies the icon design for all the apps in a rounded square shape and also follows material design while doing it. If you like to keep things simple, but dislike the variation on icon shapes, this will be a good one to start.
14. Numix Circle icon pack
So the rounded sqaure not your thing? Well, why not make everything round. It’s worth a look. Also, the Numix icons are quite popular on Linux distros too.
13. Leaf Icons
Oh rebel you! Don’t want material design? Don’t like traditional shapes? Still in love with Sailfish OS?
Fine! We’ve got you covered too! Why not male evrything leaf shaped? But the icon selection seems smaller than other packs, so a little bit of compromise is needed in the free version.
12. Pasty – Clean White Flat Theme
So the fire of rebellion has still not extinguished? Huh…
You know what just use this one. All white icons and transparent centers. Nothing more, nothing less. Simplest look one can go for.
11. Silhouette – Icon Pack
You can call it the reverse of Pasty. So remove the white and all you have left are colors. So go forth and battle!
10. Material Things Lollipop Free
A very simple take on icons, with bright colors and no shadows. Just eye-popping colors for that AMOLED display you have.
9. Voxel – Icon Pack
Want something simple, yet cannot sway even a little away from Material Design? Want to the see the world as dARTe inteded it? Voxel won’t disappoint you.
8. Rondo – Icon Pack
So you liked Voxel, but that one question kept lingering in your mind. The question which makes people sleepless at night. The most important question in the universe.
Does it come in round? Well Yes it does! By the same developer, you can expect things to remain almost the same.
7. Axiom – Icon Pack
Everything today is just flat. Take the old icon, make it flat and BAM! Ready till the new design language comes along.
No! I want my icons shiny and with depth. This one seems to fit the bill.
6. Adastra – Icon Pack
Sometimes things get stale. So maybe a no shadows, no gradients, no black, no white pack suit your need?
5. Belle UI Icon Pack
Nokia did something right with Symbian. They may be not around anymore, but this remains a personal favorite. I just like the curvature and the design. Thumbs up to the dev for maintaining it.
4. Moonshine – Icon Pack
This pack is among the first to come with material design. It came before we knew what material design was. The time when rumors of a certain Project Hera was flying about. The makers cashed in on the trend and moved on from the Holo era.
3. Glim – Free Icon Pack
Similar to Moonshine, but with a larger selection of icons. This one takes the rank for the amount of icons and a better implementation of the material look.
2. CandyCons – Icon Pack [BETA]
The best asset this pack has right now in the thriving community behind it. So new app icons are covered and so is the design guidelines. This one is good if you don’t like seeing generic icons on your device.
1. Polycon – Icon Pack (Beta)
There’s something about this style which I can’t exactly explain. It follows the material design guidelines, yet adds depth to the entire icon and so doesn’t keep a single shape.