Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the white circle that appears around all the freeform app icons? It seems like a terrible design aesthetic in this case where there is no other solid white in the GUI. I am running an Xperia XZ1 with android 9.0 and there is a setting in the launcher for 'add white circular background' that does nothing when turned off. Maybe I need to downgrade my version of android to 8.0 in order for this setting to work?

home screen on xperia

by contrast, on a moto g 1st gen running lollipop, the homescreen appears beautiful with all the freeform icons intact. Why is Android taking this path of degrading design?

moto g homescreen

  • The "white circle" is just the current Android theme. From time to time Google invents a new "cool" style how icons should look. You can try to change the shape in developer options: android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/…
    – Robert
    Feb 4, 2021 at 8:31
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    well might as well try downgrading to oreo then ..
    – gothicsurf
    Feb 4, 2021 at 20:25
  • Android has a built in downgrade protection. Only on unlocked/rooted devices you can downgrade and of course only when there is a lower version for that device.
    – Robert
    Feb 4, 2021 at 20:54


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