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A couple of the icons on my ipad have black backgrounds


1. What causes this ?

2. Why are these few the only ones affected in this way ?

3. Does anything need to be done to correct this ?

4. If so, what exactly needs to be done to correct this ?


I am using an iPad A1474, which I have used for 2 or 3 years.


Any help would be appreciated.


Thank you.

iPad Air Wi-Fi, iOS 11.1

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For Firefox that is how the developer now has its icon, that is how it now shows on the app's description page in the App Store (and is how it looks on my iPad) :

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Nov 17, 2017 6:27 AM in response to jimikec In response to jimikec

They're not apps, I think you have done this:

Add an icon for the current page to your Home screen. To quickly access the page from your Home screen, tap "rectangle with an arrow pointing up" icon, then tap Add to Home Screen. The icon appears only on the device where you add it.

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Nov 17, 2017 6:04 AM in response to Diana.McCall In response to Diana.McCall

1. They are all desktop icons, rather than apps. Just for the record.

2. I can open them all and use them all.

3. They are FWIW not listed in Settings, presumably because they are mere icons - there is just the usual string of apps, which are listed in Settings in blocks under my name, below blocks containing other info.


The encircled Google icon goes to white when clicked and opened, then turns black when closed.


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Nov 17, 2017 6:09 AM in response to jimikec In response to jimikec

2nd and last screenshot.


I am as sure as I can be that the FF icon was not originally black. Those are the only icons that are giving trouble. And that is it, basically.


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Nov 17, 2017 6:27 AM in response to jimikec In response to jimikec

They're not apps, I think you have done this:

Add an icon for the current page to your Home screen. To quickly access the page from your Home screen, tap "rectangle with an arrow pointing up" icon, then tap Add to Home Screen. The icon appears only on the device where you add it.

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Nov 17, 2017 7:26 AM in response to jimikec In response to jimikec

So, it seems like the graphical handling of saved internet links (desktop icons) by Safari and iOS has changed. But the functionality is unchanged. The black appearance may be due to some background attribute in the icon object.


How do new icons, created with iOS 11 Safari, behave?

Nov 17, 2017 7:26 AM

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Nov 17, 2017 7:35 AM in response to Diana.McCall In response to Diana.McCall

I added an icon for the discussion on this page to my Home Screen, and it shows the Apple icon on an off-white background, with the first 10 letters of the topic question under the icon.


As you say, “functionality unchanged”.

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