How To Change ANY Icon On Mac Including EL Capitan. In this video I Will show you how to change any icons on your Mac to what ever you would like it to be. This will work if you have any Mac OS, including the newest El Capitan. The thing to note about El Capitan is that many of the Apple apps' icons are now protected and you are no longer able to change them by normal means. If you would like to change protected app icons, I'm going to have two solutions below. The first solution includes using the terminal Application. If you have never worked with this application before, just note that it is very sensitive and you can really damage your system if you play around in here without really knowing what you are doing. The second solution I am going to post, includes doing something I spoke of in the video called disabling your System integrity protection (SIP). Before you do this, please consider reading the discussion thread that I will be posting below prior to posting the website where you can find all the steps needed. I take no responsibility for any malware you might incur from disabling this system integrity protection. You do so at your own risk. Customization is important to many, if not all of us. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that Apple has made something as simple as changing an icon such a headache. I hope the solution gives you the customization you have come to enjoy on your Mac
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The terminal (command line) method:
Credit to Léonié
Changing the icon of a folder should make no difference; but sometimes the old icon is protected and you cannot overwrite the old icon.
Activate the Terminal.app, located in Applications/Utilities
In the Terminal window type
cd (hit the spacebar, and don't enter return)
now drag one of your folders that needs changing its icon directly into the Terminal window and hit the return key.
Type "ls -aix", enter return, this will show you the files in the folder and the protection codes. At the top of the list should appear a file named "Icon...".
sudo rm Ico* (enter return, and enter your admin password)
Any old icon now should be cleared, and then try again to replace the icon.
SIP discussion thread: to disable or not to disable.
After you complete the following, please remember to reenable it for your protection and added security.
First you will need to Reboot into OS X's Recovery Mode to Disable System Integrity Protection, to do this:
1. Restart your Mac, and as soon as the screen turns black hold down (COMMAND KEY) & R until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
You will know you if you have successfully entered Recovery Mode when the desktop says OSX utilities: RESTORE FROM TIME MACHINE BACK-UP etc..
2. Now click on the "Utilities" menu, and then "Terminal".
3. In the Terminal Window that opens type:
4. It may be worth writing the above command down to remember it when in Recovery Mode.
5. Then press the return key, you should then see the following message
6.Restart OS X, your Mac should then restart as normal with SIP disabled.
TO RE-ENABLE SIP:
1. Restart OS X, as soon as the screen turns black hold down (COMMAND KEY) & R until the Apple logo appears on your screen.
Now click on the "Utilities" menu, and then "Terminal".
In the Terminal Window that opens type:
It may be worth writing the above command down to remember it when in Recovery Mode.
Then press the return key, you should then see a message starting with:
Restart OS X, Your Mac should then restart as normal.
Steps along with pictures can be found here:
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