Making icon-theming hassle-free
Motivation: Icon Packs Are Like Swiss Cheese
Even the best icon packs, such as Linebit, can’t support every icon. According to Forbes, more than 8 million apps are available worldwide right now—even the most dedicated designers can’t cover all those apps, especially when it comes to niche or brand-new apps.
Of course, you still want to have a consistent-looking home screen. A workaround that many launchers (including ours) provide is the option to replace an app’s icon with an icon from another app. E.g., if your new favorite mail app has no redesigned icon, you could manually replace it with your icon pack’s version of the Gmail icon.
But choosing replacements like this is very time-consuming, and you’ll have to redo it for every icon pack. This makes maintaining such beautiful setups as the ones shown above tedious. To address this issue, we’re introducing a set of new and helpful icon-related features into Niagara Launcher.
Filling the Holes With Niagara Pro’s Icon Assistant
The primary feature of this update is the brand new Icon Assistant. It consists of three main functions:
With the Quick-Edit feature, Icon Assistant presents you suggestions for alternative icons right on the freshly redesigned icon selection screen. (more on that later). These suggestions consist of icons from similar apps or alternative icons for that app if your icon pack supports this.
2. Auto-Replace (Coming Soon)
Icon Assistant learns from you. If you found a better replacement than it did, your choice will be considered when recommending icons to other users in a privacy-preserving manner (more on that below).
Our goal is to make Icon Assistant become so smart that you don’t even need to choose from suggestions; Icon Assistant will automatically determine the best and select it for you. We’ll let you know once auto-replace is ready to theme your home screen automatically.
After perfecting your setup and keeping it for a while, you might want to experiment with a different look. But it would be a shame if all of your manually chosen icons were lost, wouldn’t it?
But no worries, with the Auto-Restore functionality, Icon Assistant remembers your chosen icons whenever you switch to a different icon pack. When you return to a previous icon pack, Icon Assistant will restore all your manually selected icons for that pack.
Icon Assistant & Privacy
We calculate app suggestions serverside to offer icon suggestions for hundreds of thousands of apps.
Here’s how it works: You want to retrieve icon suggestions for, let’s say, your clock app. Niagara Launcher forwards the request to one of our servers. Because icon suggestions if a feature for Niagara Pro users, we verify if you have unlocked Niagara Pro. Afterward, we strip any data that could reveal your identity, such as the IP address of the request and your Niagara Pro account id, and therefore store anonymized data in our database. Our algorithm calculates similar app icons for your clock app and sends the results back. Our suggestion algorithm also improves over time. If you have enabled Icon Assistant and individually change an app icon, e.g., you apply a suggestion, we let the algorithm know, so it learns what suggestions are the best. Once again, we don’t log
who changed the icon.
We only use the data to improve the Icon Assistant or for aggregated public statistics.
How to Activate Auto-Restore Beta
You can already get a sneak peek at how Auto-Restore will work with the help of a little secret command. Enter the secret command by following this link /toggle-ia-auto-replace to toggle Icon Assistant’s auto-replace feature.