How To Have Multiple Icons?

How To Have Multiple Icons?

There are multiple ways to make your application feel more personal to your users or even reward the most loyal ones. However, there aren’t many as simple as having multiple application icons available and, in this post, you’ll learn how you can do it.

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tl;dr - Question 👉 Answer


While adding your main application icon is as simple as adding some image to an asset catalogue (.xcassets), adding an alternative application icon won’t be anything like that.

⚠️ Spoiler: You won’t even add it to an asset catalog 😱


Assuming you have already designed a beautiful default icon and some alternatives, export them using the @2x and @3x naming convention and place them somewhere in your project inside a group (outside of any asset catalogue).

In the end, you should have something as follows:

Now, open your Info.plist as source code. At the end of your file, you should see </dict> and </plist>. Paste the following before them:

In case you didn’t notice, you must omit the file extension and the scaling suffix (@2x and @3x) from each entry.

Once you’re done, you can freely change your application’s icon by calling setAlternateIconName(_:completionHandler:) like follows:

Before ending, if your application also supports iPad, you’ll need to add another dictionary to your Info.plist. This dictionary should be a copy of the previously added one but with the ~ipad suffix. Considering the previous dictionary, it would result in:


Alternate application icons were introduced in iOS 10.3 and can help you make your application feel more personal to your users. While providing this feature isn’t difficult, it isn’t as easy as it could and should be and tools like AlternativeIcons can improve your experience with it.

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