Transforming the look of your Android device doesn’t have to cost you anything. We previously took a thorough look at 5 stunning icon packs, but Google Play is brimming with icons. Below you will find six packs, all of which are very highly rated on Google Play, with hundreds or thousands of ratings.
While you shouldn’t always trust ratings, these visually striking packs speak for themselves — plus, because they are free, you have nothing to lose by installing them.
First, let’s talk breadth: Belle, the highest-rated pack in this collection, includes over 1,200 custom icons. In other words, chances are it can customize almost all of your apps (or all of them, if you don’t have anything exotic installed).
Visually, Belle’s icons are not unlike those used in the previously-reviewed MIUI ROM. They are pleasingly rounded, and while the core of the icon seems to hover over the background, the effect is not overdone. A truly gorgeous pack that rivals many of its paid competitors.
If you like your drop-shadows more pronounced, Voxel is an icon pack you’d want to check out. These shadows are anything but subtle — because the core of the icon is white and the background is in a single, flat color, the shadow stands out strikingly. Voxel comes with a comparatively scant 691 icons, but it also includes 11 wallpapers that match its aesthetics.
Both Belle and Voxel put their icons against backdrops — something Moonshine does away with. Here, there is no “core” part for the icon, but rather the full size of the graphic is the icon. These are just 160 icons, but they’re inspired by an ostensible Google design leak. In other words, these could be similar to the stock icons we’ll get on Android 4.5 — or they could be just a wild guess, a shot in the dark. Either way, the look is bold and distinct.
Yoma is so similar to Voxel, you’ll have to put them side by side to spot the differences. The icons are perfectly square, no rounded edges in sight. The core part is a stark white, but the background often carries a subtle gradient, unlike Voxel’s perfectly flat backgrounds. Another difference is that Yoma comes with over 1,100 icons — so if you like Voxel’s look but find that many of your icons go unchanged, you should try out Yoma.
Do you love Windows Phone? To be fair, I am not sure the answer is even relevant. Metrosphere purports to offer a Windows Phone-like look, but really, it’s more flat stuff. The big difference here, compared to Yoma and Voxel, is that the core of the icon is colorful. Metrosphere includes over 500 icons, and 9 wallpapers.
Too colorful for you? Looking for something a bit more toned down and monochromatic? Look no further. Bleach rounds the icons off almost completely, even more than what we’ve seen with Belle. Not only is the core of the icon white, but the background comes in one of a handful of shades. In other words, most icons are really quite similar — you won’t be able to pick your apps apart by color, but only by the shape of the icon. The shadow isn’t overdone, and the overall effect is quite soothing. You get 1110 icons (as of this writing), as well as nine wallpapers.
These are all well-rated and popular. There are countless other icon packs which are more carefully hidden around Google Play’s nooks and crannies. What are you using these days? Share your favorite icon packs in the comments.