How to pick a wallpaper and apply a matching color theme to icons with Android 12, as well as changing grid spacing for a more personalized look.
Material You is one of the most noticeable changes that Google made in Android 12 and also the quickest way to personalize a smartphone, matching system colors to the wallpaper selection. Of course, there is more to this new design language than simply color theming, giving attention to the spacing of icons, the type of animations used, as well as contrast, and even line thickness to make the user interface more appealing.
Android 12 comes on the nineteenth anniversary of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Part of the reason for its success is due to its open-source beginnings and thirteen years later, it remains that way. Of course, some of the most interesting aspects of Android are the essential apps that are developed privately by Google, such as the Play Store, Google Maps, its incredible camera app, and more. An Android phone without Google services is simply not the same.
Google has plenty of big changes in Android 12 and the new theming is among the most satisfying. The refreshed design unifies the overall feel of the operating system, making it more personal and friendly. When a new wallpaper is selected, there is now an option to choose alternate colors to use throughout Android, either basic preset colors or a palette drawn from the new wallpaper. To use this feature, users must open the Settings app, then scroll down to find the ‘Wallpaper & style’ heading. Tapping this option will show the controls for choosing a photo or image for the background and below that are the color choices.
Android 12 Wallpaper & Style Options
Beyond the color theming choices of basic, or those drawn from wallpaper, which are possible with the background selection, there are more ways to customize the look, which are found by scrolling down. The dark theme switch is a quick way to create a new style and one that might look better in low-light environments. A phone that blasts out like a flashlight can be hard on the eyes and annoy others in some instances, so this is a quick way to enable that feature.
Since Android 12 is still in beta testing, some of the features described might change. At present, there is an option to use ‘Themed icons,’ causing the color choices made in the wallpaper section to be applied to Google’s apps. That means any icons on the home screen for Google Chrome, Maps, Camera, Gmail, and others will change to a monochrome style that matches the selected color theme. The last option is to change the spacing of the icons with a default 5 by 5 grid, or a looser arrangement, including 4 by 4, 4 by 5, 3 by 3, and even a 2 by 2 grid option that results in very large app icons. Combining wallpaper theming and styles with widgets makes it possible to personalize the look of an Android phone more easily than ever.
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