[SOLVED] Why are App icons changed to generic Android icons? The best solutions

Android device users enjoy a huge range of freedom. Not just users, even the mobile application developers too. 

Those are the precise reasons why Android devices also tend to encounter more peculiar issues than other operating systems. Apps icons changed to generic Android icons are one of them.

app icons changed to generic android icons

Milagromobilemarketing has received numerous emails and messages from our fans asking questions related to this problem. Thus we have decided to write an article to help everyone fix this issue. 

Why and how to fix app icons changed to generic Android icons?

Why does it happen?

By the way, if you don’t really care why it happens, feel free to skip ahead to the solution part. Though it wouldn’t hurt to know why the issue happens, thus we would be quick. 

  • Corrupted/conflicted SD card: It seems to be the most common reason for why it happens. Android devices have the luxury of upgrading external storage space, but most of the time, it does not work properly. Possible factors leading to SD cards not working properly includes external impact (damaged SD card), improper way of handling it (forcefully removing it) and so on.
  • Counterfeit SD card: Another possible reason why the error is happening. A counterfeit  SD card always has authority and data management integrity issues with Android devices.

The best and easiest solutions

Remove and add back 

Just in case you misinterpret the heading, not uninstalling the apps, just remove the logo of the app. Remove it from the home screen and add it back in.  

app icons changed to generic android icons

If it is only a minor issue between system application management and the SD card, that should flush be enough to flush out the issue.

Clear cache

Another trick you can try is to clear the cache. Go to Task Manager to kill all the running apps. 

Then Head to storage option, select the apps with icon issues and clear its cache data. Just a quick note, for Android devices which are still running on Oreo or earlier versions, instead of storage, it is called app management. 

Also, different Android devices might have a slightly different setting layout but they should have enough similarities for you to work around them. 

Battery pull reset 

Also known as a hard reset, which is the same as turning them off, with an extra step. Wait for the device to have completely shut down, then you pull the battery out and put it back in. 

android hard reset

Without getting into too many technical terms, you can understand them as a stronger version of the soft reset, meaning simply choosing the option to reboot in the power down menu. It forces the device to revalidate data again and could help with hardware conflict issues, typically icon management. 

Other tips and tricks you could try

If the above didn’t help, then the following solutions might be of help.

Move your apps to SD card

You can do so by going to Settings,  Application, Manage application then move the apps with icon issues to your phone, then move it back to the SD card following similar steps. 

A stronger version of the logo relocation

Remember the very first simple solution was to remove the logo and add it back in? This is another stronger version. Follow the same steps until you reach Manage application, choose the apps you are using (with icon issues), choose Force Stop then clear the defaults. Then you remove the icon and add it back in as usual.

Has it been fixed?

There are so many reasons why apps icons changed to generic Android icons, and without physically examining, it is hard to pinpoint the root cause. Though, Milagromobilemarketing found that the above solutions seem to flush out the majority of them. 

Hopefully, the article has been able to help and please tell us more if you still have more issues.