If you make iOS app icons, you’ll want a quick way to view them on your iPhone or other device. This is an easy method:

  1. Export your iOS icon as a 114×114 PNG with the file name “apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png”.
  2. Make a new web page on any site you have access to and write the HTML like so:



      <link rel=”apple-touch-icon-precomposed” href=”apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png”>





  3. Upload your PNG file to the same directory and load the page in Safari on your iOS device.
  4. Tap the actions button and hit “Add to Home Screen.” Ignore the bookmark name and hit “Add.”
  5. Check out the icon on your home screen.

Any time you want to preview a new icon, just export it as a 114×114 PNG with the file name “apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png” and upload it to the same place.

If you want to see how your icon looks with the iOS gloss effect applied, you can leave off “-precomposed” in the file name and in the HTML.


November 4, 2011