- Some Google users are struggling with the new Google icons as they all have somewhat similar designs.
- The Chrome extension "Restore old Google icons" can be added to Chrome and gets the old google icons back. It is available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
- A third-party launcher and icon pack set can be installed by Android users to change Google icons on their device.
Winter blues are setting in but product designer Claudio Postinghel has given a reason to rejoice in the form of a plug-in that restores old Google icons. Now, users can restore old Google icons or swap the new ones with the ones they like with this new Chrome extension. It is available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
The Chrome extension "Restore old Google icons" can be added to Chrome and gets the old google icons back. On the developer's website, the description of the plugin reads, "This extension restores the old icon on Meet, Calendar, and Gmail to make tabs more recognisable. That increases accessibility."
The extension was built by Postinghel for himself until Giulio Michelon who is labelled as the "hunter", (possibly for finding the design) on the plugin's website suggested the product designer that he make the plugin available to the public, according to the comments on his website. The extension will soon be made available on Firefox as well.
Much has been said about the homogeneous nature of the newly introduced Google icons that came last month, disrupting its user's life in the most colourful way. With Google using the same four colours for all its icons, it has become difficult for some users to differentiate one from the other, causing confusion and lack of productivity in some cases.
Postinghel's restore plugin comes as a blessing in disguise for those who do not want to let go of the old and well-defined icons. So if your eyes are still struggling to find the Google icon you need on your desktop, you can install this plugin.
The plugin does not help in restoring the old icons for mobile users. However, a third-party launcher and icon pack set can be installed to change how they look.
A third-party launcher is a special type of app that lets you completely switch out your home screen with one that provides other features and functions, 9to5 Google notes. In case you feel like changing all icons, you can do so by applying icon packs, that may come at a price but for switching Gmail icons, it is essentially free.
To change Google icons on Android:
-- Download Nova launcher from PlayStore
-- Set or customise the home screen
-- Long-press on the icon for the Google icon you want to change.
-- A pop up menu will appear which includes an edit button.
-- Tap the Google icon to exchange it with icons from packs installed on your device or a picture of the logo.
Users can apply masks or use transparent versions of the older logos.
iPhone users can also change the Google icons as iOS 14 is known for its ability to customise homescreens:
-- Open the Siri Shortcuts app.
-- Create a new shortcut with a Scripting action.
-- Select on Open App for the app's logo you want to change.
-- Pick the Google icon as the app you want the shortcut to open, then select Next.
-- Type in the shortcut name for the changed icon and select Done.
-- Open that shortcut from within the app.
-- Tap the Share button at the bottom of the screen and select Add to Home Screen.
-- Select the Google icon logo you have downloaded to your iPhone to be used as the shortcut's homescreen icon.