Iconizer Featured Image

For some people, adding a touch of personality to their Home screen is one way that they set themselves apart from the stock iOS community. Of course, a touch isn’t always enough. If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth, then try a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Iconizer.

With Iconizer, you can not only tinker with Home screen app icon animations, but you can also add some catchy-looking effects to your app icons. All of the effects are 100% customizable, and we’ll show you what this tweak is all about in this review.

The most in-depth Home screen effects tweak?

As soon as I downloaded Iconizer, I noticed right off the bat just how many options it had. I don’t think I’m too far off from saying that this is quite possibly the most in-depth Home screen app icon effects jailbreak tweak I’ve ever seen. There have certainly been plenty that have come close, but Iconizer reaches an all-time high.

After playing with some of the settings for just a few minutes, here’s a quick result of what I was able to do with my Home screen. Keep in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg:

Iconizer GIF

Among the various things you can accomplish with Iconizer are:

  • Set up animations for your app icons
  • Configure opacity, size, rotation, position offset, and more of your app icons
  • Choose colors, borders, glow effects, animations, filters, and masks for your app icons
  • Choose colors, animations, sizes, and offset effects for your app icons labels
  • Modify the aesthetics of the Dock
  • Apply themes and profiles

We’ll talk you through each of the major features in individual sections below to make organization of this post easier for both you and I.

To start, you will go into the tweak’s preferences pane, where you’ll find a kill switch and multiple cells that are intended for configuring your Home screen in any way you’d like to.

Iconizer Preferences Pane

Configuring your icons

The first section of the tweak’s preferences pane deals with the application icons themselves, and there are a number of settings you can toy around with to get the end result you want.

Iconizer Icon Settings

We’ll outline this section for you below:

  • Animation
    • Set up an animation that you like
      • None
      • Rotate Clockwise
      • Rotate Counter Clockwise
      • Flip Horizontal
      • Flip Vertical
      • Bounce
      • Mac OS X Dock Bounce
      • Bounce and Rotate
      • Grow
      • Shrink
      • Pulse
      • Fade
      • Wiggle
    • Slide the slider to adjust the animation duration
  • Configure icon opacity
  • Configure icon size
  • Configure icon rotation
  • Configure icon left/right and up/down offset
  • Randomize or reset settings to factory defaults

Configuring your icon images

Once you’ve set up your icons to behave how you want them to on your Home screen, you can start changing the look and feel of the icons in the Icon Image section.

Iconizer Icon Image Preferences 2

Here, you can tinker with your icon image color, border, glow, animation, filter, mask, and position offset. You can also randomize the settings or reset them to the factory settings at any time.

Iconizer Icon Image Settings 2

  • Icon image color to overlay the app icon
    • Color
      • None
      • Automatic
      • Transparent
      • Translucent
      • iOS color palettes
    • Choose icon opacity
  • Icon image border color to surround the app icon
    • Color
      • None
      • Automatic
      • Transparent
      • Translucent
      • iOS color palettes
    • Choose border thickness
    • Choose border style
  • Icon image glow behind the app icon
    • Color
      • None
      • Automatic
      • Transparent
      • Translucent
      • iOS color palettes
    • Configure glow intensity
  • Icon image animations
    • Animation
      • None
      • Rotate Clockwise
      • Rotate Counter Clockwise
      • Flip Horizontal
      • Flip Vertical
      • Bounce
      • Mac OS X Dock Bounce
      • Bounce and Rotate
      • Grow
      • Shrink
      • Pulse
      • Fade
      • Wiggle
    • Slide the slider to adjust animation duration
  • Icon image filter
    • Filter
      • None
      • White Point Adjust
      • Color Invert
      • Color Monochrome
      • Photo Effect Instant
      • Photo Effect Mono
      • Photo Effect Process
      • Photo Effect Transfer
      • Sepia Tone
      • Vignette
      • Comic Effect
      • Crystalize
      • Edges
      • Edge Work
      • Hexagonal Pixellate
      • Pixellate
      • Pointillize
      • Box Blur
      • Disc Blur
      • Gaussian Blur
    • Choose a filter color
      • None
      • Automatic
      • Transparent
      • Translucent
      • iOS color palettes
    • Slide the slider to adjust the filter intensity
    • Slide the slider to adjust the filter radius
  • Mask
    • Apply a mask to your app icons
      • Apple
      • Batman
      • Circle
      • Circle_slider
      • Globe
      • Heart
      • Paw
      • Pokeball
      • Shield
      • Star
      • Triangle

Iconize Icon Image Filter

Here is an example of the icon masks. We’ve used the Pokeball mask for this demonstration:

Iconizer Icon Mask

Configuring your icon labels

Another part of this tweak lets you configure the app icon labels separately from the app icons themselves. We’ll outline those settings for you below:

Iconizer Icon Label Settings

  • Icon label color
    • Color
      • None
      • Automatic
      • Transparent
      • Translucent
      • iOS color palettes
    • Animation
      • Animations
        • None
        • Rotate Clockwise
        • Rotate Counter Clockwise
        • Flip Horizontal
        • Flip Vertical
        • Bounce
        • Mac OS X Dock Bounce
        • Bounce and Rotate
        • Grow
        • Shrink
        • Pulse
        • Fade
        • Wiggle
      • Slide the slider to adjust the animation duration
    • Slide the slider to adjust the font size
    • Adjust the left/right and up/down position offset
    • Move the label to the top of the app icon
    • Randomize the settings or reset them to factory defaults

Extras

The tweak also includes an Extras cell, which provides additional settings for the Dock and more.

Iconizer Extras Settings

Here, you can configure the following:

  • Enabling or disabling live changes (changes without needing to respring)
  • Configuring a Dock color
    • None
    • Automatic
    • Transparent
    • Translucent
    • iOS color palettes
  • Configuring the Dock’s alpha level
  • Configuring the Dock’s corner radius

Some other goodies

The developer also includes settings for loading in your own custom Iconizer themes or saving your current settings as a theme. This is useful for when you want to save a collection of settings for a specific purpose, such as to better match a WinterBoard theme. You can do this multiple times for various settings collections and have multiple Iconizer themes saved on your device.

We’ll leave this to you to play with.

My thoughts on Iconizer

Iconizer has a lot of options to configure, and for the inexperienced iOS modder, it does seem a like a lot to take in. On the other hand, when you start playing with the settings, you can really let your mind roam free and get just the look you want.

I think it’s great that you can modify all the aspects you can, and from all the options that this tweak comes with, I can tell the developer worked hard to make it what it is.

Although I’m not personally a fan of straying too far away from the stock iOS look, I know there are many people out there who are into this kind of modding, and I would certainly recommend this tweak to them.

Wrapping up

For the price of $1.99, you can download Iconizer today from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and get to work on modding out the look of your Home screen on your jailbroken iOS device.

Let us know what you think of Iconizer and its many settings in the comments below!

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    I really tried to love this tweak, but couldn’t.

  • Ali

    Instead of making a video, list every single option in the tweak setting. Makes sense.

    • Hopefully Andrew can get to publishing a video soon. If he can, it will be added to this post.

    • Instead of writing an intelligent comment, just use sarcasm, because it works so well online.

  • diggitydang

    Anyone know if Apple is still signing 9.3.3? Hoping to JB tonight.

    • Bill

      Yes, they are still signing 9.3.3 as well as 9.3.2.

      • diggitydang

        Had to replace my Apple Watch and it’s asking me to be on the latest firmware. Now I’m realizing that I won’t be able to be on 9.3.3 because it’s not the latest firmware. D@mn!

      • Bill

        It really won’t let your watch work if it’s not on 9.3.4?! So say you update, and your watch is working. Ok great…and then when 10 is released…your watch will be disabled again until you update? Is that what you’re telling me?? That’s some BS right there on Apple’s part if so. Wow.

      • diggitydang

        I don’t think it will be like that… I had to replace my watch, so it’s a brand new watch. Pairing it, it’s telling me I need to be on the latest firmware on iPhone to pair the watch. So, once it’s paired, I’m thinking that you’ll be good as firmware’s update, unless you unpair it and try re-pairing it.

        Still BS though… I’ve been getting a little frustrated with Apple lately. I think they’re going the wrong way.

      • diggitydang

        So I was able to update my phone to 9.3.4, pair the watch, then downgrade the phone to 9.3.3 to jailbreak. All good now. I suspect that if I ever need to re-pair my watch, it means updating my phone and losing my JB. Bottom line for me now though is that I’m back with my watch and still jailbrokwn.

      • Bill

        That’s good to know you were able to get it to work. Hopefully you don’t have any trouble down the road! I think I heard something about watches not working after this last jailbreak came out, there may be a tweak to fix the issue or something.

      • f96lrs

        It will work on 933

      • diggitydang

        Oh, but thanks anyway!! Hahaha.

  • Daniel Dominic

    It would be better if they add individual app animation when launching.

  • John Smith

    Basically this fulfills what Bigify failed to do. Man I remember modifying the shit out of that thing on my iPod Touch 4 on iOS 4.0.1 after Comex’s jailbreakme exploit. Great times…

  • becoolyolanda

    can any of these attributes be applied on a per icon basis

  • Ernie Marin

    Anyone know of any app to replace gridlock, since like many old apps it stayed in iOS 8 and the only app that I know lets me place icons anywhere (sort of I guess) is iBlank, but having to make the blank icons and place them over and over then having to move the app icons again is just annoying. This app seems very cool, but I really want to pair it up with one that lets me move the icons freely.

    • Bradley Hines

      Anchor works, I’m using it on iOS 9.3.3 iPhone 6 Plus. It should work as it supports iOS 7/8/9 I believe. Try it.

      • Ernie Marin

        thanks, i’ll check it out

  • FrankensteinBlack

    No iOS8 support? MEH!!!

  • Yitzi Powers

    How can I add My own masks???