Disabling Touchwiz Icon Frames

Josh Burton
1 min readMay 4, 2017


Samsung's TouchWiz interface is known for completely customising the look and feel of Android, but this time they may have gone too far!

Starting with the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S8, TouchWiz will take your beautifully designed app icon, and surround it in a rounded square frame:

Not cool Samsung, not cool. Let’s fix it!

Users can disable this setting via a system option, but it’s turned on by default. 😡

Thankfully, there is a fix 🎉

Simply include the following meta-data tag in your app’s ApplicationManifest.xml to disable the icon frame on your app icon.

<meta-data android:name="com.samsung.android.icon_container.has_icon_container" android:value="true"/>

Your designer will thank you!

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Josh Burton

Freelance Android Developer. Fueled by coffee. @athornz on Twitter.