Friday, September 20, 2013

Customize Your iPhone with Cocoppa!

I'm a huge fan of making everything I know pretty and my phone is one of those things.  I spent way too much time today messing around with this app called Cocoppa that you can get in the App Store for free right here!  I have seen a good amount of people say that using this app has caused problems for their phone. I used it with iOS 6 and had no problems.  I have been using it with iOS 7 and my phone is still fine.  It may just end up that it depends on how often you use your custom buttons, which I will explain below.  The one major issue I had was that there are so many ads on the app that it kept opening Safari pages if I didn't click the right places so just be super careful.  It occasionally quit the app too which was also annoying.  I admittedly un/reinstalled this app probably 10 times last night because I was so frustrated with it.

✿ Introduction ✿

There are a few things that I should clarify before explaining how to do it.  Now, what this app actually does is create shortcuts to your apps, not replace the button that is already on your phone.  What the Cocoppa buttons on your phone actually do is open Safari which then redirects to your phone app so it's more of a shortcut.  This means a couple things.

First, it ends up using a bit of battery power because it opens two apps instead of one.  Second, you have to keep all your original icons.  I choose to hide them in a folder on the next page but keep out the most important ones in case I am trying to save battery power by not opening the extra app (Safari) every time I click a button on my home screen.  Because it goes through Safari, it doesn't work with some of your phone apps, specifically text messaging and your actual phone (aka the reason any of us own a phone anyway which is to make calls).  You do have the option to create a shortcut for a button to call, text, or email a specific person.  You can get around this if you use another app for messaging, such as Line, What'sapp or Kik or another email application.  I personally use Gmail because the preset mail app doesn't load my messages as well.  I also just set my messaging icon to go to text my boyfriend, but you can obviously just click the back button to go to your inbox.  So basically, it looks really cute but it's a bit impractical.  Your choice to use the app depends on your opinion of design vs functionality.

Cocoppa comes with a lot of user created content that is all free for you to choose from.  There are also many categories you can search through.  The above image is one I pulled from Google which is a pretty good sample of some of the super cute icons (and wallpapers) you can find on the app by searching through themes and user profiles.  There are some different kinds of icons that I have seen.  Some are random illustrations, some of which are created in a set by a user, often with a matching wallpaper and lock screen. Others are made to look similar to the original app icon but in different colors.

✿ Using Free Icons ✿

This is actually how my phone was with iOS 6.  I only did a couple icons for my front home screen that were all kind of random on the bottom part.  I got all those icons from the app.  I feel like it's pretty self-explanatory and easy to figure out on your own.  If you have any questions, just comment and ask me.  Once you select the one you like, it will guide you through the set-up.  All you have to do is click "okay" a couple times and it works.

The image above is how my phone looks now.  I made all these icons myself using artwork by Junko Mizuno which was really easy to do.  First I chose the wallpaper and set that the regular way you do that on your phone.  I'm assuming everyone knows how to do that.  There really isn't any in-app explanation for how to make them but I figured it out myself.  First, download the Cocoppa app from the App Store.  Then register an account.  It's easy to do through Twitter.  Facebook wasn't working for me.

To create the icons, go to the Cocoppa website on your computer and log into your account.  I chose to use my computer because I felt it was easier to do it this way.  Because my wallpaper was by artist Junko Mizuno, I chose a bunch of other images by the same artist and saved them to my computer.  Then I chose to upload them individually on the Cocoppa site to create icons.  I was confused because I initially though I had to make them that shape and size prior to uploading, but the website, and I suppose the app as well, let you crop the icons to your preference.

This is important:  You have the option to list your icons for public use but you can only do this if the images are your original artwork meaning not something you found on Google, not something by another artist, etc.  But you can still make icons out of other people's work for your personal use.  You just have to make them private.

So anyway, save all the images you want to your computer and upload and crop them on the Cocoppa website. I had made a mental list of my most used apps so I had an idea of how many icons I wanted to make.  I ended up making some extra so I had a choice when it came to aesthetics.  After you have all your icons cropped and created, open the app on your phone and go to your profile where you will have the option to search your private, self-created icons and install them following the instructions!

I really like the way mine looks with the consistent theme and almost wish I had another phone to customize.  I hope this guide was helpful in explaining this application to you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and if you use the app, I would love to see what your phone looks like!

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  1. Hi..sorry but when you install the icon..can we back to the original?

    1. Yes, because it never replaces the original. It just makes a shortcut to the app. The original icon is always still on your phone. I just choose to hide it on the second page. ;)