Removing forced circles on icons on the ZenUI launcher

guifisilvaguifisilva Level 1
edited October 2020 in ZenFone 6

Hello! I strongly dislike how every icon is forced to be round/circled on the default pack.

I kinda like how each app can set their own icon and display it as a square or a standalone icon and I'd like to keep it this way if possible.

Unfortunately the only way to change the rounded appearance is to download another icon pack that doesn't force rounded borders and use it instead of the "ASUS UI" icon pack. But I want the default view...

Here's what I mean:

I installed an Icon pack and if an icon isn't specified (Netflix's FAST speed test and Flow Free in this case) it will display the default one, without forcing a circled enclosure. Firefox, Feedly and Google Pictures are customized but aren't inside a circle.

Of course I couldn't find a "Custom Default Icon Pack" because it's illogical... Even though it's exactly what I need.

Does anyone know a way to fix this that doesn't involve installing another launcher?


  • No one?

    I even looked at the developer options and I can't change icon shapes, it looks like this was removed from Android Pie to 10. :(

  • _jis__jis_ Level 5

    I'm just curious: Why are you refusing to install a third-party launcher when e.g. Nova is definitely better than pre-installed and and gives you complete freedom? I always install it on all my phones, regardless of brand, making me always at home, regardless of Android skin.

  • I like using the gesture navigation, i am used to using iphone so using the gesture navigation is just better for me

  • _jis__jis_ Level 5

    Ok, I understand, but there is no problem with that, I am using third party FNG which is much better than built-in GN.

    Try it and you'll never look back :)

  • The Icons are forced to round/circled is that it appear to be clean & minimalist, were as different shapes looks messy, but its a personal preference i would say,

  • _jis__jis_ Level 5

    different shapes looks messy, but its a personal preference i would say

    So we are in the same boat, as I prefer different icon shapes too :)

  • Because other than this the launcher works ok (except maybe being unable to set a custom wallpaper as home screen when setting a dynamic wallpaper as lock screen but whatever). I'd rather not purchase a launcher and risk it not getting any updates later (i.e. when Android 11 eventually arrives) and using a free one may come with limited functionality unless you go premium, or come with ads, or with trackers phoning home all the time, or all of these at once. Nova Launcher for instance has a Prime version.

    Besides, this launcher DOES support arbitrary shapes, it's just I couldn't find a way to enable it without using an icon pack.

    I suppose I could create an icon pack with just one custom icon or something like that but even this is more complicated than it should be. I'm experienced with manipulating images and CSS but not with coding.

    I might have to use Nova Launcher after all if this can't be changed or if I can't find an icon pack that suits my needs.

    Yep it's a personal preference. And while you say clean and minimalist, I say boring and inconsistent. It may be the developer's "fault", but just take a look at how Lara Croft GO's icon is displayed:

    I don't have hundreds of apps installed but I'm already having problems finding an exact app to open because they all look the same, so I have to search by name. Different icon shapes helped with this a bit.

    So we are in the same boat, as I prefer different icon shapes too :)

    At least you get why I created this topic. :)

  • _jis__jis_ Level 5

    Yes, system automatic icon reshaping in above example doesn't work very well in Android.

    Original icon:

    Nova launcher icon reshaping works smarter:

  • Click on the Three Dots -> Preferences -> Folder/Icon -> Icon Frames (Just Uncheck it)

    This will give you the actual icon shape.

  • Sorry for the late reply.

    "Click on the Three Dots" is pretty vague. Where are them?

    I found a Folder/Icon setting on the launcher settings, but the only thing I can do is swap the icon pack.

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