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How to get adaptive icons on any Android device

One of the broken features of Android has always been its app icon. It doesn't matter if you use a custom media or icon package, once you've examined the app drawer, you'll quickly realize that most apps seem out of place. Android Oreo is trying to solve this problem by including support for "Adaptive Icons". Everything is fine until you realize that you don't know when you will receive the Oreo update. Unless you are one of the minority users who have a Nexus or Pixel device, your wait will be long. But if I told you that you don't have to wait for Android Oreo to have this feature, would you be interested? Well, we'll do exactly that. In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about adaptive icons and we'll also show you how you can get this functionality without having to upgrade to Android Oreo.

Note : need a device with Android Lollipop (5.0) or later. I'm using my OnePlus 3 with Android Nougat.

What are adaptive icons?

Adaptive icons are those icons that, as the name suggests, can adapt to any shape or size. The shape and size of the icon are changed by applying different masks on them. As you know, different OEMs and different launchers use different masks for their native applications. This means that when you download a third-party app, its icon will probably appear out of place. With adaptive icons, this problem can be solved. Adaptive icons contain two levels. One a solid background layer and the other a transparent foreground layer . These levels will allow the launchers to break down the icons so that they match the native appearance of the launcher or the device you are using.

Now, one thing to remember here that Android Oreo could support this feature, but still the task of the developers to implement this function . However, once the developers have started to insert adaptive icons, all your apps can be masked to look the same. Developers also have a small incentive to include adaptive icons. There Two-level configuration will allow them to play with various visual effects such as depth of field and parallax, to give their icons a unique appearance. Thus, we can expect developers to incorporate adaptive icons in the near future.

Get adaptive icons without hours

If you are a regular Info-Info reader, you may know that we love Nova Launcher. because in addition to being one of the most versatile and unique launchers on the Play Store, also one of the few, which gets regular updates and brings the features of the latest Android version to their older brothers. With its latest beta update, Nova has also started supporting adaptive icons. So let's see how we can get them.

1. Become a Nova Launcher Beta Tester

Before proceeding with the process, as this feature was introduced with the latest beta update, you will need to install the Nova Launcher beta version . If you do not want to install the beta software, you need to wait a few weeks, or until the functionality is introduced in the stable version. If you want to try it now, go to the Nova Player Beta Play Store page and log in with your account. Here, click on the "Become a tester" button . The page will now show you that you are a tester.

If you don't want to follow this step, visit the official Nova Launcher Beta website and scroll down to find the latest beta version. Here, download the APK and install it on your device.

2. Use of adaptive icons

Since this is a feature that still in its beta version, there are some bugs here and there, apart from that, this should work fine. Ok, with the one out of the way, let's see how we can use adaptive icons.

  • Open Nova Settings e touch "Look & feel" .

  • Here, activates the "Adaptive Icons" by touching the switch . Now touch the "Adaptive Shape of Icons" .

  • Here you can choose the shape you want for your icons. For this tutorial, choose "Squircle".

  • Now that we've done, let's see if the changes are displayed in our app drawer. As you can see, not much has changed. This is because the developers have not updated their apps to include adaptive icons .

  • Don't worry, Nova Launcher also provides an alternative solution. Until developers don't support adaptive icons, Nova Launcher allows you to forcefully mask legacy icons . To do this, go to the third step e enable "Legacy Icon Mask" . Now, let's see how my app drawer looks.

As you can see, Nova Launcher has forced all legacy icons to adopt the shape of the selected icon. The best part is the fact that Nova uses the app's background color accents. It makes us the most natural app icons. Here are pictures of my app drawer showing other shapes for icons.

Get adaptive icons on any Android device

As you can see in the images above, Nova Launcher allows you to get the Adaptive Icons function, even if you don't have Android Oreo running. I also like the forced masking function that makes the legacy icons stick to the design language. Obviously, there will be no need for this as more and more developers are starting to incorporate adaptive icons into their apps. However, as long as it does not happen, the forced masking function is excellent for maintaining the homogeneous appearance of your Android device. Try this feature and let us know if you liked it or not. Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.