If you’re not a fan of the new pixelated Reddit icon on your iPhone, I have some bad news: unless you want to switch to an icon themed around Dogecoin the dog or WallStreetBets, you’ll need to subscribe to Reddit Premium to be able to use an icon , which only shows the plain Reddit logo, as noted from 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo.
Below are the current options. (I’m putting them next to each other so you don’t have to scroll through a huge vertical image.) The free ones are “OrangeRed” (the pixelated one), “Doge” and “Wall Street,” while the icons with regular Reddit logos are at the bottom on the list.
If I paid for Reddit Premium, which costs $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year, I 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 of course no big deal to 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 has 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 are not a Premium subscriber. And if you’re already unhappy with Reddit’s recent decisions to remove chat history from before 2023 and get rid of its gold rewards system, the limited selection of free app icons might be a lot more disappointing.
If it helps, the Doge and Wall Street icons will apparently only be available for a “limited time”. But it’s not clear how accurate that might be, or what options would be available if they were ruled out in favor of other free options.
Reddit did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A colleague told me that the default icon for the Reddit Android app is also now the pixelated version, but if you don’t like that and don’t want to pay for Reddit Premium, you might find it easier to change your own app icons to Android than on iOS.