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Here’s a hack to change icons and themes on Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta

One UI brings plenty of sweet visual changes to Galaxy smartphones, but the icons for Samsung’s proprietary apps have received some flak for being worse than their Android Oreo counterparts. And on the Android Pie beta, Samsung isn’t letting users use third-party themes and icons, so beta testers are currently stuck with the stock icons and theme. However, there is a way to get around that limitation, even though it’s not a wholesome solution.

It turns out that going to the dedicated page for a Samsung Themes designer’s themes and icon packs lets you apply those themes and icons, something you won’t be able to do if you open the Samsung Themes store in the usual way. If you have purchased some themes or icon packs on Oreo, you can just go to the Wallpapers and themes section in the Galaxy S9 or S9+’ Settings app, scroll to the themes or icons sections, tap one of the purchased themes or icon packs under the My themes/My icons area at the top, then tap the author’s name under the theme or icon page name.

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Never purchased a theme or icon pack before? We have added the links to a few designers’ pages below, and you can simply click on these on your S9 or S9+ to access them. Do remember that Android Pie only allows using free themes for a period of 14 days. There’s no limit on icon packs, though. You may also run into issues with some of these themes or icons as they may not be compatible with Android 9 yet.

Theme store designer page links: Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Link 4

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vr002SH
vr002SH

Something is broken on my S9+. I am on the beta, I had a custom icon pack (and nova launcher) before installing the beta and I still have my custom icons now that I am on the beta. Not complaining, just stating a fact.

GS7edge
GS7edge

Designed an awful and ridiculous icons then limiting users to use free themes for 14 days only. Such a ‘good’ move by Samsung! The UI itself is actually great but the icons ruined the UI design. Looks like Theme Galaxy app will be popular after Pie update officially rolls.

Roebke
Roebke

I don’t know where the problem is. The last paragraph clearly states that icon packages won’t be affected by the 14-day-limit. So if you like the actual design but not the icons, feel free to change them once and enjoy them forever 😉

djcbs
djcbs

If they go forward with the stupid 14 day thing, I sure as Hell won’t update to 9.0.
And that also means I won’t buy the S10. I’m not willing to pay for an inferior customisation experience.

Julio Graziano
Julio Graziano

Actually the icons grew on me. But I’m so tempted to buy a Huawei or Oppo phone next year though…