CocoPPa App | How to pretty up your phone



I hang out with my iDevices a lot.  I check them first thing in the morning, and read eBooks on them at night.  When I’m blogging, I often have my MacPro, iPad and iPhone all going at the same time.  I call it multi tasking but some may call it short attention span.  Let’s move on.

When I saw some images of customised icons on iDevice screens, I just knew I had to treat my daily companions to a little makeover.  I’ve updated my iPhone and iPad – I’ve offered to update my blokefolk’s iPhones but they simply aren’t interested, for some bizarre reason.

It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Simply download CocoPPa app from iTunes (also available for Android).  It’s a free app.



Select an icon that you like.  You can search for a specific app or something you fancy like chevron, bunny or hearts.



Then click up Set up link



Set up the short-cut link – you can choose from App Search, Phone Call, E-mail, Message or an URL.



Some standard apps have the links already set up.  There are many apps that will not have links, including the ones that come standard with the iPhone such as Photos, Phone, Calendar, but you can work around this using the URL option – deets further down.



You can customise the icon name and add “gloss” option, if desired.



Next step is to follow the instructions to add the icon to your home screen.




You can change the shortcut link name here too.



Then, you have a gorgeous new icon on your screen, looking as pretty as a picture.

It is really SUPER DUPER important not to delete the original app.  You haven’t installed a new app – you’ve just installed a shortcut link to make your phone look prettier.  I’ve moved all of mine into folders on an empty screen page.

Unfortunately, if you run different Instagram accounts or belong to Facebook groups, you can’t set up a separate shortcut for each of these, using the app link.  However, with programs that you can access via a website, like Instagram or Facebook, you can set up an URL link to the separate account or group.  You can’t upload photos via Instagram online but you can reply to comments.



OK, so there aren’t options for all of the built in iOS apps, but there are URL workarounds for some of them.  There are probably more available, but I haven’t been able to find them yet.  There are very short limits to my geekery.

Safari this will automatically open a Google tab but then you can use other tabs as per usual
Maps maps:
Messages  sms: this will open a new message form but when it is closed, you can see all your messages
Mail mailto: this will open a new email form but when it is closed, your email folders are available
Music music:
Phone Set up a phone link to your own number, then hit cancel as soon as it rings.  Then you can access the usual phone details.  This is probably WAY too annoying to bother with!
Photos photos-redirect://
Videos videos:
iTunes you may have to log out and log back in to access Australian store
AppStore itms-apps: It will come up with a “bad URL” message.  Just click OK and it then works.  Or try
Calendar calshow://

You can also install wallpaper, but I prefer to use my own photos and use my lock screens as #foxinflatsstyledare and #fmsphotoaday daily prompts.



There’s an option to install your own icons and wallpapers (and stamps, but I haven’t figured out what they are yet – told you my geekery was on a very short leash).  You need to sign up, then follow the instructions on the app.

  • Hit the pretty pink upload button
  • Take a picture or choose from library
  • Select the picture and move and scale
  • Add tags, description, etc.  You can also set it as Private or Public.
  • Then post it to Mypage.
  • When you want to use your icon, simply go to Mypage, select your icon (or wallpaper) and follow the instructions in this post.

I’ve done this for my own blog with my blog button. I’ve also added personalised buttons for #fmsphotoaday and #foxinflatsstyledare, so I can instantly access this month’s list quickly.




If you’d like to pretty up your iDevices, this is a great way to add a little whimsy to your day.

Instagram me a screen shot if you decide to CocoPPa your phone – I’d love to see!









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  • Cece - 14 January 2014 - 11.08 am

    hai! i dont know the link for messages. it only allows me to do one contact per icon. help!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - 18 December 2013 - 9.11 pm

    I can’t find an app what do i have to do?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 4 January 2014 - 7.12 am

      You can’t find the Cocoppa app? I typed Cocoppa into App Store and it came up straight away.ReplyCancel

  • Eve - 15 November 2013 - 1.16 pm

    where did you put all your actual apps? are they on a second home screen?ReplyCancel

  • Amy - 19 August 2013 - 8.21 am

    I just got this app but a lot of people are complaining about the white screen problem and idk if I should keep it or not. :/ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 4 January 2014 - 7.10 am

      I’ve not had an issue with the white screen thing. I think it comes down to people getting confused and accidentally deleting all their real apps. This app doesn’t replace the apps – it just makes a pretty shortlink to the apps.ReplyCancel

  • Tisha - 6 August 2013 - 5.56 pm

    What is the link for camera ?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 4 January 2014 - 7.13 am

      I don’t use the native camera app. I downloaded Camera+ and you can find that on the CocoPPa app.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 7 August 2013 - 11.20 am

      I was unable to find the link for camera but I did find one for Camera+ app which is only 99c and far superior to the native Camera app.ReplyCancel

  • KAPA - 31 July 2013 - 6.19 pm

    how did you find that icon you used for Message? I can’t find it at all…help please?ReplyCancel

  • mickala - 17 July 2013 - 4.17 am

    love this app!!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - 7 July 2013 - 8.00 am

    Any idea how to do the calculator?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 July 2013 - 8.37 am

      Yes! This one is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Simply choose the icon you wish to use for Calculator and then select App Search using the search term “calculator”. It will bring up a range of apps. Click on the one you like the look of and it will inform you that you can’t create an icon because this application is not installed. However, it will also helpfully include a link to App Store so you can go install the application. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a shortcut to the native iDevice calculator, but this is the best I’ve been able to do. Hope that helps! xReplyCancel

  • samantha - 12 June 2013 - 10.02 am

    what catagory did you find the iBooks icon under?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 22 June 2013 - 6.24 pm

      When I downloaded it, it was under the most popular ones on the front page of the app. Try searching for “heart” maybe?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - 7 June 2013 - 2.50 am

    Hi, okay so I just downloaded cocoppa and am addicted to it. However when I type in photos-redirect:// for the shortcut link of photos, I get a message that says this URL does not work anymore. What do I do?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 June 2013 - 7.40 am

      I’m sorry, I really don’t know what else to suggest. This is the link that worked, and still works, for me.ReplyCancel

      • mickala - 17 July 2013 - 4.20 am

        probably should just delete the cocoPPa title that you have for the photos and just redo or use the original oneReplyCancel

  • Karla Lim - 29 May 2013 - 2.08 pm

    I see that you have iBooks. I couldn’t find an icon. Could you help me? Thanks. ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 June 2013 - 7.39 am

      I just typed iBooks into the search function. However, you can choose anything you like – doesn’t have to be a book icon. You could even add your own photo to use as an icon.ReplyCancel

  • Natalya - 15 May 2013 - 10.30 am

    I am a bit scared to get this app because I’ve seen many videos that say that cocoPPa has problems and can wreck your device. I don’t know if it’s true though.. Is it true?

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 June 2013 - 7.42 am

      I think it is user error, not the app. A lot of people don’t really understand that it is only setting up shortcut links to the actual apps so it is very important to KEEP ALL THE ORIGINAL APPS. I checked YouTube yesterday and watched a couple of the videos. Read the messages people have left underneath – far more enlightening!ReplyCancel

    • Cassie - 25 May 2013 - 6.11 am

      Me and my friend have both has it for around five months. Shes had no issues and I’ve only had one, the screen froze while trying to access cocoPPa but I simply had to power it down and turn it back on.ReplyCancel

    • Ann - 22 May 2013 - 10.54 pm

      No,don’t believe it. I have cocoppa for a month,i think.idk but my device is still okayReplyCancel

  • Donna Gilbertson - 17 April 2013 - 3.55 pm

    Love this!! Have just downloaded the app and will be having lots of fun making my phone pretty! Thanks so much 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - 8 April 2013 - 5.19 pm

    Omg!!! Doing this tonight too!!! Bam!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - 8 April 2013 - 11.05 am

    When I saw this on your instagram the other day, I instantly went and downloaded it. Thanks for sharing chicky, I love it! xReplyCancel

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