Here’s how you can use a file explorer built with the iOS 11 async_wake exploit to change the appearance of app icons to rounded/circular on Apple devices running iOS 11.0 to iOS 11.1.2. There is no PC, Mac, or jailbreak required for this to work.
Without wasting any time, let’s just jump right in and take a look at the process, which starts by downloading and installing a couple of apps which are required to make this possible.
Step 1: First of all, you are going to need to have FilzaJailed app installed on your device. This is a file explorer app for iOS 11 which is built with the Ian Beer’s async_wake exploit in place which allows these types of modifications. You can learn more about FilzaJailed and how to get it, here: FilzaJailed IPA Download On iOS 11 Lets You Install Filza With Full Root Access [No Jailbreak Required]. You will also need to have an app from the App Store installed called Documents, which you can download for free from here. Once you have both of these apps installed, move on to next step below.
Step 2: You are going to need the necessary icons that will be used to change the visual style on the device. That library can be downloaded from this direct link here. Use the iOS device to download this file and choose to open it in the downloaded Documents app when prompted.
Step 3: When downloaded, tap on the zip file in Documents app to decompress it. Then tap on the three dots in the bottom right corner of the new folder and select Rename. For ease of use and future access, called this Libraryicons.
Step 4: Once again, tap on the three dots icon on the Libraryicons folder in Documents. Select the Share option and then choose the Copy to FilzaJailed option. This will invoke the FilzaJailed app and pass across the folder of icons.
Step 5: Tap into that folder and then select the Themes folder. That folder contains a list of available themes, each of which does its own thing and changes the icons in its own way. Find one that you want, select it, choose Bundles, then choose the com.apple.mobileicons.framework option. If circular/rounded shape icons is what you want, go for “(M) Circle.theme”.
Step 6: This is where you need to make some decisions. You will be presented with a selection of icons with different naming conventions. The SpotlightAppIconMask@2x.png file is universal to all devices so you need to select that. However, if you are running iPhone X or one of Apple’s “Plus” devices, then you will also need to select the AppIconMask@3x~iPhone.png file. If you are running a standard device then it needs to be the @2x file version.
Step 7: Once they are selected, choose the Copy option in the bottom corner. Step back multiple times until you end up at “/” directory, then choose System > Library > PrivateFrameworks > MobileIcons.framework.
Step 8: Tap into the search bar and search for “Spotlight.” Hold down on the result and then tap More > Open In and select Documents. This will give you a backup of the original Apple icon. Do the same for “app icon mask” and copy the one you are replacing into Documents.
Step 9: Select the Clipboard icon and then Paste. This will bring up an alert telling you that you are about to put some files into a structure which already has files of the same name. Select Apply to all and then hit the Replace option.
Step 10: Head all the way back to “/” once again, then select var/containers/Shared/SystemGroup/ and then look for the one which is appended with the .iconscache extension.
Step 11: Select Library/Caches/com.apple.IconsCache and then select Edit, hit the top circle to select all of the files in that directory and then select the ‘Trash’ icon and confirm the deletion.
That’s it! Exit FilzaJailed, and restart your iOS device for the changes to take effect.
You’re now done and set with a new app icon design. Your Home screen should look somewhat like in the video embedded below.
MODIFY ICON SHAPE METHOD (iOS 11.1.1 / FilzaJailed) – Shoutout to Siddharth Aeri!
(Leave a like if it worked for you!!)
— Leon M’laiel (@cynostial) December 20, 2017
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