How to Change Size of Icons on Android

Make your app icons smaller or larger

What to Know

  • With Android Nougat 7.0 or later, you can make items on the screen larger or smaller in the Display size settings.
  • If you're using a Samsung phone, long-press the home screen to choose an icon grid for the Home or App screens.
  • If neither of these options is available, you can use third-party Android launchers that let you resize icons on your Android.

In this article, you'll learn how to do this on most Android phones, as well as third-party launchers that let you resize icon sizes as well.

Your ability to resize icons on Android depends on the version of Android you're running. For example, Android Nougat 7.0 and later offers an option in Settings to adjust icon sizes. Samsung phones offer additional home screen settings to do this. However, if you have an older Android, you're not out of luck. Plenty of third-party apps let you adjust icons sizes on your Android.

How Do I Resize Icons on Android?

Android phones come with default icon sizes, but you easily change the size of icons. If you have a newer Android phone, then resizing icons is a quick Settings adjustment.

  1. Swipe down on the home screen and tap the gear icon at the upper right to enter your Android's Settings menu.

  2. Scroll down and select Display to open the Display Settings menu.

  3. Select Advanced to expand that section.

  4. In the Advanced Display settings menu, select Display size.

    Display > Advanced > Display size Settings in Android.
  5. On the Display Size window, move the slider at the bottom to adjust the size of screen items. You'll see a sample of what text and icons will look like in the top part of the window.

  6. Now, when you return to the Home screen, you'll notice that the icons on the screen are larger, based on where you adjusted the size setting.

    The size slider highlighted to adjust the size of icons and text on Android.

If you want to resize icons or make your app icons smaller, follow the same procedure above but adjust the screen item size to smaller (to the left) rather than larger.

How Do I Reduce the Size of the Icons on My Samsung Phone?

If you have a Samsung phone, resizing icons on the screen is even easier.

  1. Go to the Home screen and long-press anywhere in the blank area. You'll see menu icons appear at the bottom of the screen. Select the Settings icon on the lower right.

  2. In the Home screen settings window, there are two options to adjust icon sizes. First, select Home screen grid.

    Adjusting the Home screen grid on a Samsung phone.
  3. On the Home screen grid page, use the icons along the bottom to adjust how many icons you want to appear on each Home page screen. The more icons you allow, the smaller those icons will be. Select Save when you're done.

    The preview window at the top of this screen will show you how large or small the icons appear based on the grid setting you've selected.

  4. Back on the Home screen settings window, select Apps screen grid to adjust the size of the icons on the Apps screen windows. Adjust the icon sizes in the same way, using the grid selection along the bottom of the window. Select Save when you're done.

    Choosing the size of the grid for your Samsung phone's home screen.

The icons on the Home screen and the Apps screen will appear the size you selected using the grid settings when you're done.

Resize Icon With Third-Party Apps

If you don't have a newer Android or own a Samsung phone, you can install Android launchers that let you resize icons on your Android.

The following are some Android launcher apps that let you do this.

  • Nova Launcher: Provides the closest UI environment to stock Android. It's a lightweight and fast launcher that lets you set a custom grid size similar to how Samsung users can resize app icons.
  • Microsoft Launcher: Instead of using the grid approach, this launcher actually lets you adjust the layout and size of icons on the Home and App screen. It includes a list of useful customization options beyond just icon size.
  • Apex Launcher: In this launcher's settings menu, you'll find the ability to adjust icon sizes from 50% up to 150% the normal icon size.
  • Go Launcher: With GO Launcher installed, just long-press the Home screen, choose Settings and use the Icon settings to adjust icons to Big, Default size, or Custom size.
FAQ
  • How do you change app icons on Android?

    You can change app icons to custom ones on an Android device. Search for custom icons in the Google Play store, install the pack you want to use, and select Open. On a Samsung device, go to Settings > Themes to download and apply icon packs.

  • What is the key icon on Android?

    The key or lock icon shows that you are using a VPN service. The icon remains in the notification bar when you have Safe Browsing enabled. To remove the icon, turn off the VPN service.

  • How do I turn off the location icon on Android?

    Turning off Location Services on Android will also turn off this icon. Go to Settings > Security & Location > Location > Off.

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