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How to Restore the Classic Google Icons on iOS and Android

 Google is in the process of replacing the familiar icons for its many apps and web services with minimalist, multi-colored variants. While these new icons share a more cohesive style, plenty of people aren’t stoked about the redesign.

Luckily, you can restore the old-school icons for Gmail, Drive, Meet, Calendar and all the other updated Google icons on any device. Third-party Chrome extensions can revert the icons back to the old desktop designs, but as the new icons are much more obvious—and more annoying—on Android and iOS, you might want to switch them out there too.

You’ll find the steps for both operating systems below, but you’ll first need to download images of the old Google icons to your device. Once you have the icon images saved, it’s time to start editing.

Going back to Google’s old icons on Android

Android users will need a third-party app launcher that lets you customize app icons. We have a guide for doing this with Lawnchair 2, but Action launcher, Nova Launcher, Microsoft’s launcher, or any other alternative that supports custom icons works, too.

Screenshot: David Murphy

 
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