Custom Webclip Icons for your iPhone or iPod Touch Home Screen

by Jonathan Longnecker

iPhone with 47m WebclipSo some of you may have heard about the iPhone, iPod Touch update yesterday that lets you add shortcuts on your home screen to webpages. My iPhone does a nice job of taking a screenshot of the page I’m on and making a pretty little icon that looks like my other icons on the home screen. But wait! I want my logo and not a tiny version of the whole page! Turns out it’s super simple to have your custom icon show up.

Ready? Make an icon that’s 158x158. Save it as “apple-touch-icon.png,” and put it in the root folder of your website. Wow that was easy.

But what if you need a different icon for a different directory on your server? Cameron Hunt has our quick fix. Put this line of code in your head tag:

<head>
  <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="iphone.png"/>
</head>

Put the “iphone.png” file wherever you want and link to it!

Do keep in mind that the iPhone or iPod touch will automatically round the corners and give it the glassy overlay, and keep a few spare pixels around the edge as it seems to clip them. Also, the 158x158 size is because of the high resolution displays that Apple uses. When it gets scaled down, it looks nice and crisp like the factory set.

Thanks to Dan Dickinson and Playground Blues for their work.

Enjoy!

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January 16, 2008

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Comments

  1. We have built a simple service that makes it easy to customize your homescreen bookmark icons. http://hsicon.com/

  2. Beautiful template!

  3. Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Nice tip, I’ll definitly try it. Can you post some links where I can get icons for iphone?

  5. Thanks for sharing. Nice tip on making a custom icon.

  6. well…this is a nice tips.
    I can now brag to my friends about my funny and unusual icons.

    I’ll definite going to try this.

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  8. Thanks for the great tip.  I use my iPhone to check on my website all the time.  Now it’s one button access and the icon looks great on my iPhone.

  9. thanks for this tip! im going to make an icon for my iphonesite. maybe a rat will be cool! anyway, i dont think anyguy will place the icon on their iphones.

  10. So the big question is how can I get my webclip icon to work with my typepad blog? I’ve tried getting an answer via Typepad’s ticket system but they don’t seem to really know.

  11. Nice.  It’s a nice idea to add to our website.  I’ve emailed this page to our designers.  Thanks!

  12. Well that makes my iPhone world a little bit easier now! I just searching on how to do this.

  13. Thanks for sharing. Nice tip on making a custom icon

  14. I was looking for few custom webclip thanks for to help.

  15. Great tips. Now I have my own custom icon for my web. Thanks dude.

  16. Anyone know of a way to suppress the sheen overlay and the rounding or are we stuck with this?

  17. @Slimboy - this will remove the sheen. Can’t get rid of the rounded corners, though.

    <link rel=“apple-touch-icon-precomposed” href=”/apple-touch-icon.png”>

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