If you are tired of seeing your icons in macOS always identical , you are not alone. Unlike iOS, which is experiencing a fever of customization because with iOS 14 you can finally install Android-like icon packs, on a Mac this was possible some time ago, even if you didn’t know how.
All you need to do is choose the icons and have a little patience, as you will have to change them one by one. You can customize application icons and folder icons , as long as you choose icons in ICNS format.
How to change dock icons on a Mac
The first thing to do is to download the icons you will use . You can search for icons on the spot, on DeviantArt or on Dribbble, to name just a few options. The format of your icons should always be ICNS.
If you get icons in other formats, such as PNG, you can use options such as iConvert Icons to convert them to ICNS and make them work in macOS.
Select and copy the new icon
The second thing you need to do is to open the Finder and navigate to the folder where you have the new icon, double-click it to open it with Preview and press cmd + A (? + A) to select it completely and then press (? + C) to copy it.
Opens the application information window to modify the
Now open your list of applications in the Finder, click on the icon of the application you want to customize, then press the keyboard shortcut cmd + I (? + I) .
Click on the current icon at the top, not to be confused with the preview at the bottom
This will open the information window of the request and in the upper part we will be able to select the current icon. To replace it, click on the icon to highlight it, then press cmd + V (? + V) to paste the new icon. The change is instantaneous.
If you wish to return to the original icon, simply follow the same steps and, in the application information window, select the icon at the top and press the “Delete” key. (?).
To change the folder, the process is exactly the same, just select the folder, whatever it is, press ? + I and change the icon in the information window. In some cases, the system will ask you for your password in order to change the icon.