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Change Super Contacts Icon on the Palm Pre

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I like the Super Contacts app for the Palm Pre, and I decided to put it in the quicklaunch dock instead of Palm's default Contacts app. The only problem with this is that the Super Contacts app is really ugly (my apologies, guys-who-made-it, I admit I'm shallow). Here's what I did to replace it with Palm's Contacts icon.

You'll need to have command line access to your Pre. This can be done with the terminal app, but using it for more than a few seconds will probably make you want to kill yourself. I suggest using SSH.

First, back everything up:

cd /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/
cp icon.png icon.png.backup
cp icon32x32.png icon32x32.backup
cp miniicon.png miniicon.png.backup

Sadly, I don't even know which of those files (icon.png, icon32x32.png, or miniicon.png) is used for the dock icon, because my changes weren't updated until I rebooted.

Replace the Super Contacts icon with the Palm Contacts icon:

cp /usr/palm/applications/ /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/
cp /usr/palm/applications/ /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/
cp /usr/palm/applications/ /media/cryptofs/apps/usr/palm/applications/

That should cover all of your bases. Just reboot and the old Super Contacts icon in the dock should have been replaced by the Palm Contacts icon.

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  1. Happened across this and thought I’d clarify what those icons are (probably) for. There are 3 different icons that a Palm app can have: launcher, splash, and mini. Launcher is, as you would expect, for the launcher menu. The splash icon renders when the app is loading. The mini icon renders in the notification area. I’d guess

    To add a completely shameless plug, you might also try InContact ( which I’m actively improving.

  2. Meant to add that I’d guess that the icon32x32.jpg is the launcher icon. Checking the appinfo.json file in the app’s directory and inspecting the icon parameter would say for sure.

  3. Thanks Ryan, that’s very helpful. Good luck with InContact.

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