[HUAWEI] [EMUI] Remove icon borders, backgrounds etc. - ENABLE PURE ICONS

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MrAdny

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As you may noticed, Huawei's EMUI is adding rounding borders to icons. This can be very annoying so there is a simple trick to have icons without borders.

But first - I am not responsible for any damage made by doing this.

What will this do?
  • Remove rounded borders and icon background from applications icons
  • Replace system app icons to material design icons
  • [Coming soon][Now available]Replace out-of-date looking app icons (google apps etc.) - Most of them were replaced, if you see any out-of-date icons, please write it in comments

NEW:
Some users, especially Ankit Aryal, TKGerrald and shahi.persian (I am sorry if I forgot about anyone), suggested me to make theme that only changes 3rd party apps. So, I am presenting Third Party Apps edition known as 3PAE. Installation is the same as "NEW installation (3.0+)". Download HERE


Knows issues
  • Some apps like Google apps, Viber etc. will still have borders, but not rounded - Most of them were fixed, if you see any bordered icons, please write it in comments
  • Lockscreen wallpaper can't be changed, it is always the same as the homescreen wallpaper

Tested on Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0

NEW installation (3.0+) (if something goes wrong, use the original installation below):
  1. Download Pure.HWT file from download section (unpack if you downloaded .7z file, if you have .hwt file, do not unpack)
  2. Put the file into your device to HWThemes folder
  3. Open Themes app on your device
  4. Choose a stock theme that will be used as a base (for example, I like the theme called Brightness) and apply it
  5. Open Themes app again
  6. Tap Customise
  7. Tap lock style, tap more and choose PureIconsV3.0 and Apply
  8. Tap Unlock animation and apply any theme you like
  9. Tap Lock screen and apply your lockscreen wallpaper
  10. Tap Home screen and apply your homescreen wallpaper
  11. The most important step: Tap Icons then more and choose PureIconsV3.0 and apply
  12. Done

Original installation (1.0+):
  1. Download Pure.HWT file from download section (unpack if you downloaded .7z file, if you have .hwt file, do not unpack)
  2. Put the file into your device to HWThemes folder
  3. Open Themes app on your device
  4. Find theme called Pure and tap it
  5. Tap a checkbox
  6. Done


Download

New version - 3.2
MediaFire
Google drive
Mega



All versons
MediaFire
Google drive
Mega

If you like this, please hit the Thanks! button
If you think something is wrong, feel free to tell it


12715838_946680365446511_4246771177293837949_o.jpg


Changelog:
Code:
V3.2 - Bug fixes, Fixed Facebook and Messenger too big icons, Fixed Google Play store too small icon, Added icons for Ingress, Spotify, Telegram and Pocket, Added some backgrounds
V3.1 - Updated all the Google play icons, Updated Instagram icon, added Facebook icon but does not seem to work
V3.0 - New possible installation, Bug fixes, Google Play icon and some other - successfully changed, Changed icons: Twitter, Waze
V2.2 - Changed icons - Dropbox, Google Drive, Google docs, Google calendar, Google Streetview
V2.1 - Changed icons - Sunrise, Airbnb, WhatsApp, Barcode reader
V2.0 - Changed system icons, Google icons except Google play and Hangouts, Instagram, ES file explorer, Viber, Adobe reader
V1.0 - Remove background and borders from icons



PS: Sorry for my bad English
 

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chetteli

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Thank you for this awesome "theme", this really rescues the ugly look of the Huawei icons in connection with Nova Launcher.

Would you mind telling me why some of the icons (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Play Store) still have a (square, sharp) white background while others (e.g. Spotify, Whatsapp, Google Clock and others) don't have one? How do I disable the ugly white background in an EMUI theme?

Thanks for sharing.
 

MrAdny

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The theme

Thank you for this awesome "theme", this really rescues the ugly look of the Huawei icons in connection with Nova Launcher.

Would you mind telling me why some of the icons (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Play Store) still have a (square, sharp) white background while others (e.g. Spotify, Whatsapp, Google Clock and others) don't have one? How do I disable the ugly white background in an EMUI theme?

Thanks for sharing.

Greetings!
So... The reason of that is because some "clever" people in Huawei decided it will be better if they replace the icons of the most popular apps. So even if you generaly disable backgrounds theese apps will still have borders and will be looking out of date. And the reason of that some apps doesn't have borders is because I replaced the icon manually but for some reason I can't replace the play store icon. So if you give me a list of ugly looking apps, I can replace them in the next update.
 
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chetteli

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Greetings!
So... The reason of that is because some "clever" people in Huawei decided it will be better if they replace the icons of the most popular apps. So even if you generaly disable backgrounds theese apps will still have borders and will be looking out of date. And the reason of that some apps doesn't have borders is because I replaced the icon manually but for some reason I can't replace the play store icon. So if you give me a list of ugly looking apps, I can replace them in the next update.

Really clever of them, thanks for clarification.

Icons that still have a white border and might be of general interest: Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Street View (comes with Google Maps). Interestingly, though, some apps that are 100% not included in your list and have an irregular shape with transparency (e.g. Automate, DiscoMark Benchmark) don't have such a border. This behaviour seems quite strange.
I anyways use Nova Launcher, so no need to include my listed apps, I just thought I might mention them for your information. :)

Cheers mate

PS: Do you need to replace all the single icons in order to not show a border? Or can you replace some kind of theme-wide "border file" with an empty file to not show a border?
 
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MrAdny

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Really clever of them, thanks for clarification.

Icons that still have a white border and might be of general interest: Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Street View (comes with Google Maps). Interestingly, though, some apps that are 100% not included in your list and have an irregular shape with transparency (e.g. Automate, DiscoMark Benchmark) don't have such a border. This behaviour seems quite strange.
I anyways use Nova Launcher, so no need to include my listed apps, I just thought I might mention them for your information. :)

Cheers mate

PS: Do you need to replace all the single icons in order to not show a border? Or can you replace some kind of theme-wide "border file" with an empty file to not show a border?
Hello!
I will include the icon.s ASAP. The reason because the apps like automate don't have a border is because Huawei didn't change the icon, just added borders so in this case it is easier to remove the borders generally. For regular apps I simply remove the file that add borders. But in apps like Google apps and other popular apps I have to do it manually, icon by icon
 
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Some other apps with ugly white boxes, in 2.2 version: Waze, Messenger (Facebook), Play Store.
Anyway, great job, thanks!
 
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flyfox99

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First of all, thanks so much for the theme. :) Those ugly borders I have been loathing since the moment I got my P8 Lite (ALE-L04, now on 5.1). Got linked from an Android Central article today.

For icons still with white border, apart from the others already mentioned, I have: Google Photos, Play Games, Voice Search.

There seems to be a bug with the theme on my phone. The lockscreen wallpaper cannot be set independently from the homescreen wallpaper. From what I can tell, the theme has "styles" for Homescreen and the Lockscreen. Seems like the lockscreen portion may not be well defined enough and the system treats them as the same. The wallpaper settings allow me to change the lockscreen wallpaper with "Other", but once selected, it does not do anything.

Let me know if you need screenshots.

Keep up the good work!
 
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MrAdny

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First of all, thanks so much for the theme. :) Those ugly borders I have been loathing since the moment I got my P8 Lite (ALE-L04, now on 5.1). Got linked from an Android Central article today.

For icons still with white border, apart from the others already mentioned, I have: Google Photos, Play Games, Voice Search.

There seems to be a bug with the theme on my phone. The lockscreen wallpaper cannot be set independently from the homescreen wallpaper. From what I can tell, the theme has "styles" for Homescreen and the Lockscreen. Seems like the lockscreen portion may not be well defined enough and the system treats them as the same. The wallpaper settings allow me to change the lockscreen wallpaper with "Other", but once selected, it does not do anything.

Let me know if you need screenshots.

Keep up the good work!

Hi! Thanks for your feedback! Icons you mentioned for some reason can't be changed. I have the same problem with the wallpaper and don't know how to fix it :( I will add it to known issues and if I find something, I will let you know.
 

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Hi! Thanks for your feedback! Icons you mentioned for some reason can't be changed. I have the same problem with the wallpaper and don't know how to fix it :( I will add it to known issues and if I find something, I will let you know.
I have found a workaround. Since the icons are one of the components of a theme, and the EMUI allows customizing each of the components (screen lock style, unlock animation, lockscreen, homescreen, icons, and font), we can use the stock themes and just switch the Icons to your theme. However, I could not do that because Themes -> Customize does not see your theme as a selectable Icons theme. I hacked the zip file around and looked at another theme that I downloaded (the Android N theme). Turns out I just need a preview_icons_1.png file under the preview folder for the theme to be selectable for just the icon. I created a 1x1 png just for that. Tried to put a nicer png but it does not render the picture. This worked without needing to reskin the lockscreen and fiddle with layout XML files and such.

One thing I do miss though, is that the incomplete theming seems to unhide additional functionality of the lockscreen. The default on mine is a swipe to unlock with a camera icon on the lower right (swiping that will go directly to Camera app). With yours set as the whole theme, I got a 4-way unlock slider thing (like stock Android?) and it was cool. I do want the individual wallpapers more than that "feature". :p

Repeating the specs of my device: P8 Lite (ALE-L04), Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1
 

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Version with "normal" System App Icons?

Hi!
First of all: awesome work! Was looking for that for ages. But is there a possibility that you can Upload a Version with less fancy music, telephone and Messaging Icon? And is it possible to switch the background colors of the Widgets to the style which is "Singularity" Theme is using? (Official Emui 4.0 p8 Theme)
If you could do such thing, that would be so awesome!!
Like I would even pay for that theme.
 
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First of all, thanks so much for the theme. :) Those ugly borders I have been loathing since the moment I got my P8 Lite (ALE-L04, now on 5.1). Got linked from an Android Central article today.

For icons still with white border, apart from the others already mentioned, I have: Google Photos, Play Games, Voice Search.

There seems to be a bug with the theme on my phone. The lockscreen wallpaper cannot be set independently from the homescreen wallpaper. From what I can tell, the theme has "styles" for Homescreen and the Lockscreen. Seems like the lockscreen portion may not be well defined enough and the system treats them as the same. The wallpaper settings allow me to change the lockscreen wallpaper with "Other", but once selected, it does not do anything.

Let me know if you need screenshots.

Keep up the good work!

Hi, icons you mentioned except Google Photos should have been changed in 3.0 version. Also the wallpaper issue was solved (thanks to flyfox99). Thanks!
 

MrAdny

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I have found a workaround. Since the icons are one of the components of a theme, and the EMUI allows customizing each of the components (screen lock style, unlock animation, lockscreen, homescreen, icons, and font), we can use the stock themes and just switch the Icons to your theme. However, I could not do that because Themes -> Customize does not see your theme as a selectable Icons theme. I hacked the zip file around and looked at another theme that I downloaded (the Android N theme). Turns out I just need a preview_icons_1.png file under the preview folder for the theme to be selectable for just the icon. I created a 1x1 png just for that. Tried to put a nicer png but it does not render the picture. This worked without needing to reskin the lockscreen and fiddle with layout XML files and such.

One thing I do miss though, is that the incomplete theming seems to unhide additional functionality of the lockscreen. The default on mine is a swipe to unlock with a camera icon on the lower right (swiping that will go directly to Camera app). With yours set as the whole theme, I got a 4-way unlock slider thing (like stock Android?) and it was cool. I do want the individual wallpapers more than that "feature". :p

Repeating the specs of my device: P8 Lite (ALE-L04), Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1

Thank you so much for this! When you use original installation for V3.0 you will still have the lockscreen functions but if you use new installation, you can change the background independently.
 

MrAdny

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Hi!
First of all: awesome work! Was looking for that for ages. But is there a possibility that you can Upload a Version with less fancy music, telephone and Messaging Icon? And is it possible to switch the background colors of the Widgets to the style which is "Singularity" Theme is using? (Official Emui 4.0 p8 Theme)
If you could do such thing, that would be so awesome!!
Like I would even pay for that theme.

Hi! Thanks for you feedback! Messaging and Telephone icons should be changed by now. Music (I think you mean ringtone) can be changed in future, if you sent me a music that you want to have there, that would be great. I don't know much about changing widget background but if you sent me the Singularity theme, I could try it.
 

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Awesome work!

Thanks for this great work! I was shocked when I saw the ugly iOS 'adapted' Icons on my new Mediapad and spend some hours to find out how to change this.
I want to let you know that also the Hangouts Icon still have the ugly backround.

Sincerely
Tina
 

flyfox99

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Hi! Thanks for you feedback! Messaging and Telephone icons should be changed by now. Music (I think you mean ringtone) can be changed in future, if you sent me a music that you want to have there, that would be great. I don't know much about changing widget background but if you sent me the Singularity theme, I could try it.
The original Singularity theme seems to be a stock one on the P8. Someone repacked it. Music may mean the music player app? On mine the icon just looks like Google Play Music. The widget thing may need deeper skinning of the respective app to set background colours, etc.?

Thanks for this great work! I was shocked when I saw the ugly iOS 'adapted' Icons on my new Mediapad and spend some hours to find out how to change this.
I want to let you know that also the Hangouts Icon still have the ugly backround.
On my P8 Lite the Hangouts icon was already fixed even in v2.2. Attached is a screenshot for v3.0.

@MrAdny: also confirming that Play Games has been fixed. :good:

Thank you so much for this! When you use original installation for V3.0 you will still have the lockscreen functions but if you use new installation, you can change the background independently.
Unfortunately even after changing the screen lock style to V3.0 the 4-way unlock thing still did not re-surface. I think it was a fluke/bug that made it show up in the first place. To properly enable that may need to fully re-implement the lockscreen layout. Oh well, no big loss for me; or I learned to live with same wallpapers. :)
 

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    As you may noticed, Huawei's EMUI is adding rounding borders to icons. This can be very annoying so there is a simple trick to have icons without borders.

    But first - I am not responsible for any damage made by doing this.

    What will this do?
    • Remove rounded borders and icon background from applications icons
    • Replace system app icons to material design icons
    • [Coming soon][Now available]Replace out-of-date looking app icons (google apps etc.) - Most of them were replaced, if you see any out-of-date icons, please write it in comments

    NEW:
    Some users, especially Ankit Aryal, TKGerrald and shahi.persian (I am sorry if I forgot about anyone), suggested me to make theme that only changes 3rd party apps. So, I am presenting Third Party Apps edition known as 3PAE. Installation is the same as "NEW installation (3.0+)". Download HERE


    Knows issues
    • Some apps like Google apps, Viber etc. will still have borders, but not rounded - Most of them were fixed, if you see any bordered icons, please write it in comments
    • Lockscreen wallpaper can't be changed, it is always the same as the homescreen wallpaper

    Tested on Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0

    NEW installation (3.0+) (if something goes wrong, use the original installation below):
    1. Download Pure.HWT file from download section (unpack if you downloaded .7z file, if you have .hwt file, do not unpack)
    2. Put the file into your device to HWThemes folder
    3. Open Themes app on your device
    4. Choose a stock theme that will be used as a base (for example, I like the theme called Brightness) and apply it
    5. Open Themes app again
    6. Tap Customise
    7. Tap lock style, tap more and choose PureIconsV3.0 and Apply
    8. Tap Unlock animation and apply any theme you like
    9. Tap Lock screen and apply your lockscreen wallpaper
    10. Tap Home screen and apply your homescreen wallpaper
    11. The most important step: Tap Icons then more and choose PureIconsV3.0 and apply
    12. Done

    Original installation (1.0+):
    1. Download Pure.HWT file from download section (unpack if you downloaded .7z file, if you have .hwt file, do not unpack)
    2. Put the file into your device to HWThemes folder
    3. Open Themes app on your device
    4. Find theme called Pure and tap it
    5. Tap a checkbox
    6. Done


    Download

    New version - 3.2
    MediaFire
    Google drive
    Mega



    All versons
    MediaFire
    Google drive
    Mega

    If you like this, please hit the Thanks! button
    If you think something is wrong, feel free to tell it


    12715838_946680365446511_4246771177293837949_o.jpg


    Changelog:
    Code:
    V3.2 - Bug fixes, Fixed Facebook and Messenger too big icons, Fixed Google Play store too small icon, Added icons for Ingress, Spotify, Telegram and Pocket, Added some backgrounds
    V3.1 - Updated all the Google play icons, Updated Instagram icon, added Facebook icon but does not seem to work
    V3.0 - New possible installation, Bug fixes, Google Play icon and some other - successfully changed, Changed icons: Twitter, Waze
    V2.2 - Changed icons - Dropbox, Google Drive, Google docs, Google calendar, Google Streetview
    V2.1 - Changed icons - Sunrise, Airbnb, WhatsApp, Barcode reader
    V2.0 - Changed system icons, Google icons except Google play and Hangouts, Instagram, ES file explorer, Viber, Adobe reader
    V1.0 - Remove background and borders from icons



    PS: Sorry for my bad English
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    First of all, thanks so much for the theme. :) Those ugly borders I have been loathing since the moment I got my P8 Lite (ALE-L04, now on 5.1). Got linked from an Android Central article today.

    For icons still with white border, apart from the others already mentioned, I have: Google Photos, Play Games, Voice Search.

    There seems to be a bug with the theme on my phone. The lockscreen wallpaper cannot be set independently from the homescreen wallpaper. From what I can tell, the theme has "styles" for Homescreen and the Lockscreen. Seems like the lockscreen portion may not be well defined enough and the system treats them as the same. The wallpaper settings allow me to change the lockscreen wallpaper with "Other", but once selected, it does not do anything.

    Let me know if you need screenshots.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Hi thanx for your work ! I have a few icons that are still having their ugly white border : airbnb, WhatsApp, sunrise, play store and barecode scanner. Would be awesome if you can work on those :)
    Cheers !
    2
    In my p9, the icons of the play store and instagram, is smaller :crying:
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    Thank you for this awesome "theme", this really rescues the ugly look of the Huawei icons in connection with Nova Launcher.

    Would you mind telling me why some of the icons (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Play Store) still have a (square, sharp) white background while others (e.g. Spotify, Whatsapp, Google Clock and others) don't have one? How do I disable the ugly white background in an EMUI theme?

    Thanks for sharing.
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