If you’re not a fan of Reddit’s new pixelated icon on your iPhone, I’ve got bad news: unless you want to switch to a Dogecoin or WallStreetBets dog-themed icon, you’ll need to subscribe to Reddit Premium in order to use an icon that just shows the regular Reddit logo, as seen. by 9to5Mac’s Benjamin May.
Below are the current options. (I put them side by side so you don’t have to scroll through a giant vertical image.) The free icons are “OrangeRed” (the pixelated one), “Doge” and “Wall Street”, while the icons with the regular Reddit logos are at the bottom of the list.
If I paid for Reddit Premium, which costs $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year, you would have access to benefits like more custom app icons, ad-free Reddit browsing, and the r/lounge community. But I don’t, so I’m stuck with one of three free icon options, all of which I don’t like.
This is certainly not a big problem for me; the Reddit app is usually in a folder in my app library, so I don’t see it every time I go to my home screen. But if Reddit is one of your home screen apps, or you’ve recently joined your home screen lineup after Reddit’s new API pricing forced some third-party apps to shut down, I can see how you might not be happy with your current options if you’re not a Premium subscriber. And if you’re already dissatisfied with Reddit’s recent decisions to remove chat history from before 2023 and ditch its Gold rewards system, the limited options for free app icons can be that much more frustrating.
If it helps, the Doge and Wall Street icons will apparently only be available for “a limited time.” But it’s unclear exactly how long it might last or what options will be available if they are switched in favor of other free options.
Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A colleague tells me that the default icon for the Reddit Android app is now the pixelated version as well, but if you don’t like it and don’t want to pay for Reddit Premium, you might find it easier to change your own app icons on Android than on iOS.