MacStories Releases 300 Custom Shortcuts Icons for iPhone and iPad

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MacStories today released a set of 300 custom icons for use when adding Shortcuts to the home screen on iPhone and iPad.

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Apple already provides many default glyphs for Shortcuts icons, but the MacStories set provides users with hundreds of extra options across dozens of categories, ranging from documents and clipboard to media and task management.

MacStories editor-in-chief and Shortcuts power user Federico Viticci:

MacStories Shortcuts Icons were designed by our longtime designer Silvia Gatta in collaboration with me. After years of covering Workflow, then Shortcuts, and following the launch of the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, I decided it was time to provide a custom icon set for Shortcuts as well.

MacStories Shortcuts Icons were designed with the needs of Shortcuts users in mind. They're not just a random icon set: each icon was specifically created for a potential use case in the Shortcuts app.

Viticci adds:

We created the set to complement Apple's default glyphs and offer more options for Shortcuts power users. I personally went through my list in the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, as well as popular shortcuts from Reddit and the community, and tried to come up with icons that would better represent each shortcut. The icons were designed with a modern, rounded look and subtle drop shadows.

For the icons to work properly, iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1 is required. In those latest software versions, you can now use custom glyphs such as the MacStories icons and still keep the original colors of your shortcut icons.

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How to use the custom icons:

  • Download the MacStories icon set directly on an iPhone or iPad and unzip the folder in the Files app

  • Open the Shortcuts app

  • Tap on the circle with three dots on a Shortcut

  • Tap on the circle with three dots in the top-right corner

  • Tap on "Add to Home Screen"

  • Tap on the icon outlined in blue and select "Choose File"

  • Choose a MacStories icon and save to the Home screen

The icon set is available today for $14.99 on the MacStories website. For a limited time, MacStories is offering MacRumors readers a 15 percent discount with promo code MACRUMORS15 at checkout.

Top Rated Comments

Joe Rossignol Avatar
16 months ago


$15 for icons? Paid post?

This isn't a paid or sponsored post and MacRumors is not receiving any sort of commission on purchases.

Just a typical press release emailed to us by MacStories in which they offered MacRumors readers a discount code.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jeremy1026 Avatar
16 months ago
$15 for an icon set, that seems a bit steep. Especially when free icon sets are readily available on the web.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
16 months ago
$15? Why not just have a subscription?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macropanda Avatar
16 months ago


Awesome! Now if someone could tell me how to download and install one of their custom shortcuts - I always get the message that my settings only allow shortcuts from trustworthy sources - but when I go to the shortcuts settings, there's no switch to change those settings...

I had the same issue. I created 1 random shortcut with 1 action and downloaded 1 official shortcut from in the app. Then went to settings and it was there.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chfilm Avatar
16 months ago
Awesome! Now if someone could tell me how to download and install one of their custom shortcuts - I always get the message that my settings only allow shortcuts from trustworthy sources - but when I go to the shortcuts settings, there's no switch to change those settings...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darkslide29 Avatar
16 months ago


$15 for an icon set, that seems a bit steep. Especially when free icon sets are readily available on the web.


$15 for icons? Paid post?

To be honest, I don't even know what the normal icons look like to compare to this, lol. But artists and designers should get paid for their work to make a living.

Then again, the App Store has conditioned us that iOS and iPadOS apps and games should be as cheap as possible. ;)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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