How to change the color of the WhatsApp icon without messing around with modified apps

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WhatsApp has a recognizable green icon that cannot be changed directly, at least from the official application. Although there are ways to modify it without having to put your mobile phone or your conversations at risk: We tell you how to customize the WhatsApp shortcut so that you have the color you want on your desktop and application drawer.

On Android, almost everything can be customized more or less directly, even aspects that seem immutable, such as fonts. With a little effort, often with the help of other apps, we can have an Android completely different from the original, even one that looks like an iPhone. And this concerns desktop icons, those shortcuts that open applications when you click on the images.

Put the icon you want on your WhatsApp

As we said, Android is a super customizable system that allows almost anything. By default, you cannot choose more than the green icon for WhatsApp, the application does not offer more variations, but Yes, you can customize the shortcut using various tools; such as choosing the icon on the manufacturer layer or through an Android launcher.

A good part of the layers allow you to install icon packs, this is a good way to change the color and appearance of the WhatsApp icon: choose a pack that suits your tastes and that’s it. Yes indeed, the rest of the icons will also change is a drawback of this system.

The best way to change the color of your WhatsApp icon is to use a launcher like Nova Launcher: this application allows you choose the icon you want for each shortcut. What do you want a red WhatsApp? Find that image and change it from Nova. And the same for a yellow, purple or WhatsApp with the image you want: it is a completely customizable process.

Apps like GBWhatsApp or WhatsApp Plus allow you to customize the icons, but in exchange you put your user data and account at risk

As you can see, the modified WhatsApp applications may promise to easily change the application icon, but there is no need to put your account at risk just to give the icon a new color: with the tools that Android offers you, you have more than enough.

How to change the color of the WhatsApp icon on Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung Galaxy Icon

Samsung offers the simplest and fastest way to change the color of your WhatsApp icon; all in a few steps, free and with the company’s own app. For this we will use Good Lock, an impressive complex of modules.

  • For the first step, install Good Lock from the Galaxy Store in case you didn’t already have it installed.
  • Open Good Lock and install the “Theme Park” module by clicking on the arrow.
  • Open Theme Park and navigate to the “Icon” tab. With this application you can create a theme to your liking, although this time we will only change the color of the WhatsApp icon.
  • Hit “Create new” to create a new topic.
  • Click on the three top menu points and click on “Change icons”.
  • Find the WhatsApp application, click on it and click “Edit icon.”
  • Click on “Icon color” and choose the color you want for your WhatsApp.
  • Go back through the menu and accept the changes.
Samsung Galaxy Icon
  • Now click on the download arrow at the top and give the new theme a name. For example, “Purple.”
  • In the list of Theme Park themes, select the one you made and you will have the WhatsApp icon in the desired color. And without having to change the rest of the icons.

How to change the color of the WhatsApp icon on Xiaomi, OPPO or OnePlus phones

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All those layers that include compatibility with icon packs as standard usually allow changing each shortcut separately using the app X Icon Changer. You should try it if you have one of these phones, it can save you a lot of work.

  • Download X Icon Changer on your smartphone.
  • Access the page, there you can modify the WhatsApp icon to your liking: click on “Color” and vary the shortcut to your liking. Then click on “Done”.
  • When you are finished, click on “Download” and choose a suitable size. For example, 240×240 pixels so you don’t have pixelation problems.
  • Unzip the zip that you downloaded with the file manager.
  • Now open X Icon Changer and select the WhatsApp app.
  • In the “Change icon” section, select the “Photo” option. You’ll have to watch a video to access the setting unless you subscribe, which isn’t worth it once.
  • When you access the gallery, choose the icon you downloaded and click on the “Ok” button at the top.
  • You probably have to accept permission to create shortcuts. Once done you will have the new WhatsApp icon with the color you chose.
  • X Icon Changer does not change the color of the application drawer, only the desktop. If you want WhatsApp to change completely you need to install a launcher.

How to change the color of the WhatsApp icon on any Android

Samsung Nova icon

To customize shortcuts, whether they are on desktops or in the app drawer, you can use a launcher. Our choice continues to be Nova Launcher: it is free, it allows you to customize the interface to unsuspected limits and it offers the option we are looking for.

After installing Nova Launcher, and after you arrange the desktops to your liking (probably your mobile loses its usual appearance), perform the following process:

  • Create a WhatsApp icon with your favorite color. As in the previous step, we will use the web Click on “Color” and vary the shortcut to your liking. Then click on “Done”.
  • Download the shortcut in PNG and 240×240 pixels and unzip it with the file manager.
  • Go to your desktop and hold down on the WhatsApp icon until the menu appears with “Edit” above it. Click on that menu and then on the green app icon.
  • Go to “Applications” and load the icon you created from the file manager.
  • Adapt the size so that it appears correctly in Nova Launcher.
  • Click on “Done” and you will have the icon in your favorite color.

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