Did you know you can change your Duolingo app icon?
There are currently a few to choose from and they’re really easy to switch around!
In this article, I’ll walk you through how to change your app icon, all the different icons available and how to unlock them.
Let’s dive in!
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How to change your Duolingo app icon
Changing your Duolingo app icon is really straightforward.
However, it will depend on a couple of things: your device type, and the number of icons you’ve unlocked.
Unsurprisingly, you can only change your Duolingo app icon on mobile devices, so this article doesn’t apply if you’re using Duolingo on desktop.
Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to have at least one different icon unlocked in order to change your icon. (We’ll get to how you can unlock the different icons in a second!)
The following steps should apply on both IOS and Android devices.
There are currently two main ways to change your Duolingo app icon.
Then tap ‘turn on’ beneath the app Icon.
If you’re a Super Duolingo member, you’ll get the Super icon. If you’re a Duolingo Max member, you’ll get the Max icon.
You’ll get a notification to say that your app icon has successfully changed.
Head back to your device’s home screen and your Duolingo app should have a new icon!
The second way to change your Duolingo icon is through the Streak Society dashboard. This is probably the best way to change your app icons as you get them all in one place.
To enter your Streak Society dashboard, tap the streak flame at the top of your screen, swipe across to Streak Society, and tap ‘enter now’…
Then tap ‘change app icon’…
You’ll get as many as 3 app icons to choose from. Choose one of the available app icons or restore the default Duolingo icon. You’ll get a notification to say that your app icon has successfully changed.
Head back to your device’s home screen and your Duolingo app should have its new icon!
All Duolingo app icons
As of October 2023, there are currently 4 different official Duolingo app icons available. They are:
- Default icon
- Super icon
- Fire/Streak icon
- Max icon
Every now and then, Duolingo will roll out a special limited time icon that replaces the default (we’ll look at some of them in a sec!).
Let’s take a look at each one in a bit more detail!
The default Duolingo icon is the starter icon for all Duolingo users. The first time you download the app, you will get the default icon.
The default Duolingo icon is the Duolingo owl in all his natural glory!
The Super icon is a special perk available to all Super Duolingo users. It’s available from the Super Duolingo dashboard.
The Super Duolingo icon is the Duolingo owl but with a galactic green, blue and purple hue.
The Fire icon (also known as the Streak icon or Streak Society icon) is a special perk available to all Streak Society members. It’s available from the Streak Society dashboard.
The Fire icon is the Duolingo owl — but with a firey finish!
The Max icon is a special perk available to all Duolingo Max users. It’s available from the Duolingo Max dashboard.
The Duolingo Max icon is the Duolingo owl but with a futuristic black finish. It also sports hints of the green, blue, and purple hues Super Duolingo icon.
Limited edition icons
Duolingo also likes to experiment with some limited edition app icons.
They differ from the other icons as there is no way of activating them… they just randomly appear for certain users.
One of the first limited edition icons in 2023 was the Party icon…
Originally it was only available to Duolingo beta app users. However, Duolingo rolled it out to all mobile users in early February 2023, before discontinuing it a short time later.
What did it mean? I have absolutely no idea! I remember searching all over the internet and no one from Duolingo seemed to confirm anything.
The Party icon was similar to the default icon, but had the owl blowing a party horn!
As well as the Party icon, Duolingo also rolled out the Starry-eyed icon over the summer…
…and in October 2023 launched the Melty-face icon…
However, it looks like Duolingo has finally explained the random changes.
Speaking to Distractify, a Duolingo spokesperson confirmed it’s all about grabbing your attention…
“The melting Duo you see is a new app icon that learners will see for a limited time. If learners have the latest version of the Duolingo app downloaded, they should see melting Duo as the app icon. The purpose of the new app icon is to encourage learners to open the app.”
So there you have it. No deep meaning — just some classic attention seeking from our little green friend.
How do you get different app icons?
Unlocking different Duolingo icons currently depends on your subscription type or streak length.
Obviously, everyone gets access to the default icon. But if you want the Super icon, then you’ll need to subscribe to Super Duolingo.
As far as I’m aware you should be able to activate the Super icon with any form of Super subscription, whether that be a free trial or through the Family Plan.
Same goes for the Max icon – if you want it, you’ll need to subscribe to Duolingo Max.
To get the Fire/Streak icon, you’ll need to get yourself into the Streak Society. For some users, this can happen after putting together a 50-day streak, but in some cases, you might have to stretch it out for longer.
And then icons like the Celebration one are random, so they can’t be activated or deactivated.
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