Creating Icons for your Apple App

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Last time values were checked: April 15, 2019
I used Xcode Version 10.2 (10E125) to add icons to a project.
I was running MacOS Mojave Version 10.14.4


Icon files must be in a PNG format. They cannot have transparent parts to them.

Some advice:

  • Using your favorite graphics software, design your icon at its largest size. This way, the image will not be scaled up when you export and become pixelated.
  • Export from this design as PNG in the various pixel sizes needed.
  • Designing your icon in a vector based tool such as Adobe Illustrator or Infinity Design will probably scale better than a pixel/raster based piece of software such as Adobe Photoshop or Infinity Photo.
Platform Icon Description Icon Scale Image Size Suggested File Name
iOS iPhone Notification – iOS 7-12 – 20pt 2x 40×40 px icon40x40.png
iOS iPhone Notification – iOS 7-12 – 20pt 3x 60×60 px icon60x60.png
iOS iPhone Settings        – iOS 7-12 – 29pt 2x 58×58 px icon58x58.png
iOS iPhone Settings        – iOS 7-12 – 29pt 3x 87x87px icon87x87.png
iOS iPhone Spotlight       – iOS 7-12 – 40pt 2x 80×80 px icon80x80.png
iOS iPhone Spotlight       – iOS 7-12 – 40pt 3x 120×120 px icon120x120.png
iOS iPhone App                – iOS 7-12 – 60pt 2x 120×120 px icon120x120.png
iOS iPhone App                – iOS 7-12 – 60pt 3x 180×180 px icon180x180.png
iOS iPad Notifications     – iOS 7-12 – 20pt 1x 20×20 px icon20x20.png
iOS iPad Notifications     – iOS 7-12 – 20pt 2x 40×40 px icon40x40.png
iOS iPad Settings              – iOS 7-12 – 29pt 1x 29×29 px icon29x29.png
iOS iPad Settings              – iOS 7-12 – 29pt 2x 58×58 px icon58x58.png
iOS iPad Spotlight            – iOS 7-12 – 40pt 1x 40×40 px icon40x40.png
iOS iPad Spotlight            – iOS 7-12 – 40pt 2x 80×80 px icon80x80.png
iOS iPad App                     – iOS 7-12 – 76pt 1x 76×76 px icon76x76.png
iOS iPad App                     – iOS 7-12 – 76pt 2x 152×152 px icon152x152.png
iOS iPad Pro (12.9 inch) App – iOS 9-12 – 83.5pt 2x 167×167 px icon167x167.png
iOS App Store iOS             – 1024pt 1x 1024×1024 px icon1024x1024.png

iOS Icon Sizes, Smallest to Largest in Pixels:

  • 20 x 20 px
  • 29 x 29 px
  • 40 x 40 px
  • 58 x 58 px
  • 60 x 60 px
  • 76 x 76 px
  • 80 x 80 px
  • 87 x 87 px
  • 120 x 120 px
  • 152 x 152 px
  • 167 x 167 px
  • 180 x 180 px
  • 1024 x 1024 px (Make your master design document this size?)