iOS App icon

Learn how to prepare your iOS app icon

Creating an app icon for an iOS app can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with the right tools and tips, the process can be much easier.

The iOS app icon consists of a single file, with the following specifications:

  • .PNG format
  • 1024x1024px in size
  • No transparencies

This is how the graphic you provide looks when converted into an app icon on iOS devices:

Notion image

Here are some tips on how to make a great iOS app icon:

1 - Make it unique

The app icon is the first element of your app that users will see after installing it, make sure you have something unique that allows the user to easily recognize your brand.

2 - Keep it simple

App icons should be simple because they will be seen quickly by users, and the simpler the icon, the easier it is to recognize and remember. Also, the simpler the design, the less likely it is to confuse users. A simple icon is more likely to fit within the design of the operating system in which it is included.

3 - No words or complex images

You have minimal space to work with inside your app icon, avoid using words or complex images as these will not look good when displayed in a small element.

Even for your logo, you might want to use a smaller version or simply a piece of it, something that allows users to easily recognize it.

4 - Space

Make sure to leave some space around your app icon to make sure it will be displayed properly. Keep in mind that the borders will be rounded automatically, so you don’t want to have any elements too close to the edges.

Templates

Here you can find templates for the iOS app icon:

If you’d like to learn more about how to design the perfect icon for your app, check the guidelines from Apple, here: https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/foundations/app-icons/

 
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