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These apps support Material You makeovers

Google debuted the ability to have themed home screen icons in Android 12, designed to go all in on Material You themes. Now in Android 13, third-party apps can join in the fun of themed icons; here’s a running list of apps that support the functionality.

Theme icons are designed to create a unified look for home screen icons that match the system theme. Available in Android 12 and above, the feature gives the icon a dynamic theme and changes it as the wallpaper changes the system colors. It works pretty well in our experience, but it all comes down to how many apps support it.

In Android 12, this feature was only limited to apps that the system allowed, which the Pixel Launcher (or Samsung launcher) determined. On Pixels was the list exclusively google app. On Samsung devices, it was exclusively Samsung apps. It was an incredibly limited version of the idea, but by no means the last.

In Android 13, the door is open for third-party apps to support themed icons. Within just a few weeks of Android 13 launching, theme icons started appearing in more apps, even though it’s still fully opt-in.

Third-party apps that support themed icons on Android 13

The list of third-party apps that support themed icons on Android 13 is currently limited, which isn’t surprising given the reach of this feature at the moment. Still, it is rapidly expanding to more and more apps.

Here are some of the latest notable apps that support theme icons.

And here’s a full list of the apps we’re currently aware of with themed icons on Android 13. Do you know of any others? Leave a comment or get in touch!

We will continue to update this article as new apps are released with the feature.

Leave a comment below or contact us if you know of apps that support the feature but are missing from our list!

Google apps that support themed icons on the Pixel

Thanks to starting in Android 12, most of Google’s apps already support themed icons in Android 12 and Android 13. The list includes:

  • Android Auto
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Calculator
  • Digital wellbeing
  • Files
  • fitbit
  • Google
  • Gmail
  • Phone
  • Nest
  • google calendar
  • Google Chat
  • Google Contacts
  • Google Drive
  • google docs
  • Google Duo/Meet
  • Google Fi
  • Google Fit
  • Google home
  • google lenses
  • Google Maps
  • Google Meet
  • Google Messages
  • Google News
  • google one
  • Google Photos
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Play Books
  • Google Podcasts
  • GoogleTV
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google translate
  • Google Voice
  • google wallet
  • Pixel tips
  • Gmail
  • GPay
  • Keeping notes
  • Recorder
  • Safety
  • Settings
  • Wear OS
  • YouTube
  • YouTube TV
  • youtube music

A few notable Google apps that are missing include Play Games and YouTube Studio.

However, there is a catch with Google themed icons apps. As we recently reported, only about a dozen Google apps support themed icons, with the rest relying on the Pixel Launcher for support. You can read more about this below.

A few examples of Google apps that support a theme icon on Pixel through the Launcher not on other devices running Android 13 include Fitbit, Nest, Google Home, and GPay.

Samsung apps that support themed icons

Samsung also supports theme icons on Android 12, but as with Pixels on Android 12, it’s limited to apps from Samsung directly. Even Google apps don’t show up on the Material You coloring home screen on Android 12.

In Android 13, Samsung, like Google, will support theme icons on third-party apps, but the company has also removed support for many of its own apps in the process. As of November 1, our list below has been updated to reflect this.

  • AR zone
  • Bixby
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • Galaxy store
  • Galaxy store
  • Gallery
  • Game Launcher
  • Messages
  • My files
  • Phone
  • samsung free
  • Samsung Global Goals
  • Samsung Health
  • Samsung Notes
  • Samsung TV Plus
  • Settings
  • Samsung smart switch
  • Smart things
  • Hints

Android 13/One UI 5 has been released on the Galaxy S22 series and will be extended in the coming months.

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