Elon Musk’s “X” app icon is an eyesore. Here’s how to get the Twitter app icon back on your Android phone.
Twitter has been around for well over a decade, and while there are plenty of things it never got right (like figuring out how to quell its cyberbullying problem or how, exactly, to turn a profit), the one thing it got right in spades was its branding. The Twitter brand is arguably unmatched in the micro-blogging space. The platform even spurred its own verbiage — “tweeting” — for crying out loud!
So, when Elon Musk sunk $44 billion into acquiring the app just to do away with the branding that made it so iconic, I was flabbergasted. As if changing Twitter’s name wasn’t bad enough, the whole multi-billion-dollar process seemed half-baked (to put it nicely). Musk dubbed the app the utterly forgettable name “X,” and then added insult to injury by slapping a rudimentary, eyesore of an “X” logo on it.
If you, like me, are an Android user and unable to accept the hideous “X” logo on your home screen, you’re in luck. Read on to learn the quick and painless way to get your Twitter app shortcut back.
How to Use Shortcut Maker to Restore Your Twitter App Icon — a Step-by-Step Guide
- Download the Shortcut Maker app from the Google Play Store. Follow the instructions on the Play Store to install.
- Long press any empty spot on your home screen until the customization menu appears. Click “Widgets” at the bottom right.
- Scroll down to find “Shortcut Maker” and tap it. Select the “Shortcut (Standard)” widget option, which will launch the Shortcut Maker app.
- Under “Select Shortcut,” select “Apps.” On the resulting apps list, scroll down, locate the X app, and select it.
- On the next screen, tap “Icon.”
- On the resulting “Edit Icon” page, select “Gallery Image.” Navigate to the folder where you saved your desired icon beforehand and select it. Crop your icon if desired, and then submit your specifications by tapping the check in the top right corner of the screen.
- Without leaving the “Edit Icon” page, click on the “Style” section, and select what shape you want your icon to be. (I like my icons to have rounded corners, so I select that shape.) Submit your specifications by pressing the checkmark in the top right corner of the screen.
- Back on the main shortcut menu, tap “Tap to Edit Label.” In the resulting dialogue box that appears, replace “X” with “Twitter” and then click “Done.”
- Click “Create Shortcut.”
- Now, the shortcut you created will appear on your home screen. You can now long press the shortcut and drag it to wherever you’d like it to live (you can even put it in a folder like any other home screen icon).
Enjoy having your Twitter icon back! Feel free to drop any questions you have about this process below and I’ll try to help if I can!