Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Bret Foreman » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:19:35 GMT

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 I created a simple app with a single activity and a 64X64 pixel png
icon. But I'm seeing the default Android icon instead of my drawable.
The icon is in res/drawable/icon.png and the manifest is as shown. I
also tried adding an icon attribute to the activity but that didn't
change - it's still just showing the default icon in the launcher. Any
idea what I might be doing wrong?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="" ;
    <application android:icon="@drawable/icon" android:label="@string/
app_name" android:debuggable="true">
        <activity android:name=".MainActivity" android:label="@string/
app_name"  >
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

    <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="8" />

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE"></uses-


Re: Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Kostya Vasilyev » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:30:39 GMT


Not sure if this is it, but the standard icon size for mdpi is 48x48, not
64x64: #size5

The manifest looks fine.

-- Kostya

2011/1/24 Bret Foreman <>


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Re: Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Bret Foreman » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:38:02 GMT

 It didn't help. I resized the image, un-installed the app, did a clean
build, and re-installed. Still getting the default icon.


Re: Re: Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Mark Murphy » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:43:15 GMT

 Reboot the device/emulator, and see if that helps. You could also add
an android:icon attribute to the <activity> element, though that
should not be required.

Also, see if there are any interesting messages in LogCat.

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Re: Re: Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Kostya Vasilyev » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:46:58 GMT

 Are you sure that this is your icon?


Did you delete all the versions of icon.png that were generated by the
Eclipse Android app wizard?

Check res/drawable-mdpi, res/drawable-hdpi, maybe it's still lurking there.
And if you are using a high-res device, then that's what you'll get.

-- Kostya

2011/1/24 Bret Foreman <>


Re: Getting the application icon to show in the launcher

by Bret Foreman » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:51:56 GMT

 That was it! I knew it had to be something simple. A bunch of default
icons in the drawable-resolution folders.


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