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MacStories Shortcuts Icons FAQ

Below, you’ll find a series of frequently asked questions about MacStories Shortcuts Icons.

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What are MacStories Shortcuts Icons?

MacStories Shortcuts Icons are 350 custom icons for your Home screen shortcuts. With these icons, you’ll be able to further customize the look for shortcuts added to the iOS and iPadOS Home screen. MacStories Shortcuts Icons have been released under the new MacStories Pixel brand and are an official MacStories product.

You can read Apple’s support document on Home screen shortcuts here.

What makes this icon set special?

MacStories Shortcuts Icons are the first icon set designed specifically for Shortcuts and the iOS/iPadOS Home screen.

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 for MacStories 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.

Furthermore, when added to the Home screen, MacStories Shortcuts Icons will keep the original color of your shortcuts. Thanks to an improvement Apple shipped in iOS and iPadOS 13.1, shortcuts added to the Home screen can use a custom glyph on top of the color originally set in the Shortcuts app. MacStories Shortcuts Icons is the first Shortcuts-specific icon set to support this.

Okay, where can I buy the icons?

You can buy the icons here for $14.99.

All sales are final. You can read our license and terms of use here.

I’m a Club MacStories member. Do I get a discount?

Yes, in fact, you do. If you’re a Club MacStories member, you can purchase MacStories Shortcuts Icons for $9.99.

To get the discount, visit your member Downloads area at and open the text file called ‘MacStories Shortcuts Icons Coupon’. The file contains a coupon code that you can use at checkout to apply a $5 discount.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit cards (via Stripe) as well as PayPal.

We use E-Junkie to securely process payments via PayPal and Stripe.

So what does your Home screen look like now?

Here are my current Home screens, featuring MacStories Shortcuts Icons:

Mixing and matching apps with MacStories Shortcuts Icons on my Home screens.

Mixing and matching apps with MacStories Shortcuts Icons on my Home screens.

I have a question or need to report a problem. Where can I get in touch?

You can send us an email at:

Where can I find the free update to MacStories Shortcuts Icons with 50 new icons?

If you purchased the first version of MacStories Shortcuts Icons (which included 300 glyphs), you also have access to its free update, which adds 50 new glyphs. To get the updated set, follow these instructions:

  • Find the original email receipt from MacStories Pixel for your MacStories Shortcuts Icons purchase;
  • Tap the link;
  • Tap the download button;
  • Unzip the downloaded file, and you’ll find the updated set with the 50 new glyphs.

How can I install MacStories Shortcuts Icons?

It’s very easy: when adding a shortcut to the Home screen, choose one of our icons from Files first, then add the shortcut to the Home screen. That’s it.

You can watch a video of the process in action below.

Installing MacStories Shortcuts Icons.


Can I customize the icons for my shortcuts inside the Shortcuts app or the widget?

Unfortunately, Apple does not make this possible yet. As of iOS and iPadOS 13.1, you can only customize Home screen icons for your shortcuts.

Do I need to be on iOS or iPadOS 13.1?

Yes. For MacStories Shortcuts Icons to maintain the original colors of your shortcuts when added to the Home screen, you’ll need to install them using iOS or iPadOS 13.1.

Do I have to use the Files picker to install the icons?

It’s highly recommended that you do. Unlike other options, ‘Choose File’ will keep the transparency of the PNG icons, which is required for the shortcuts to keep their main background color on the Home screen.

Can I import icons using Photos instead?

Alas, we don’t recommend it. Apple’s Photos app transforms PNG files into JPEGs, removing their transparent background.

Can I show you what my Home screen looks like with MacStories Shortcuts Icons?

Yes, please! I’d love to see what you’ve created using our MacStories Shortcuts Icons. Feel free to send me a tweet with a screenshot.