Icon Pack Studio Launcher Support
Support for 3rd party is limited because of a new Google Play Store policy
In October 2022, Google changed its policies to forbid most apps on the Play Store from installing APKs. This has forced us to limit the functionality of our app, Icon Pack Studio (IPS), which previously used this capability to generate installable icon packs.
Since all the most popular launchers on the Play Store accept only icon packs in the APK format, it is now impossible for IPS to support any other launcher except Smart Launcher, which features a native implementation.
We contacted Google for a solution, but we never received a final response. As a result, we had no choice but to release a version of Icon Pack Studio that does not allow users to export icon packs in the APK format.
There are 2 options available to continue using Icon Pack Studio:
- 1.Install Smart Launcher, which is developed by our team. This option is recommended as it provides the best possible experience with Icon Pack Studio.
- 2.Install Icon Pack Studio "Universal" via APK from our official website. This APK will be regularly updated to the latest version of IPS available on the Play Store.
The provided APK is signed with our private key, which is the same one we use to sign every APK distributed via the Play Store. This means that it can be installed as an update to any version downloaded from the Play Store.
If you have any doubts about the authenticity of the provided APK, installing it as an update will ensure that the signature matches.
Additionally, your account, icon packs, and purchases will be preserved.
We are currently evaluating the possibility of opening up our APIs to other launcher developers. Although we are not yet ready for this, the process would ultimately lead to better support for third-party launchers compared to previous versions of IPS. (We can't provide any ETA at the moment)
We want to express our gratitude to all of our users for their continued support and understanding during this time.
In the meantime, we encourage our users to stay tuned for updates and to continue exploring the many features that Icon Pack Studio has to offer.