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Finding the Best Royalty-free Icons

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Finding the Best Royalty-free Icons

The best places to find great free icons for your web and mobile apps.

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Your app’s icon is a lot more powerful than you think. A stand-out icon can play a key role in your user acquisition strategy and should be a key consideration when you plan your app store optimization. If you’re not the most design-savvy game or app developer, royalty free icons can be your best friend. Royalty free icons can be used in commercial apps or games without having to pay a designer. This article will show you a and how to for your app or game.

13 Top Sites for Royalty Free Icons

If you’re looking for royalty free icons, which are also free to download, this list is for you. All of these sites feature free icon sets and are free for commercial use.

1. Iconfinder.com

iconfinder for royalty free icons

First on the list is iconfinder.com, which hosts both free and paid icon collections. If you need a royalty free icon for your app or game, this could be the fastest way to find one. Iconfinder has a great search function so you can get easy access to a broad range of icons. Be sure to check the license type of each icon before you download, as they range from royalty free to only being free for personal use. Iconfinder currently hosts 665,894 icons so there’s a good chance you’ll find what you need here.

2. Iconarchive.com

iconarchive for royalty free icons

IconArchive.com has over half a million icons and a large portion of these icon collections are free for commercial use. A nice feature of this site is that when you view an icon, they also show you some similar icons. So if your first choice isn’t suitable, you can find another one without too much hassle. You can also browse by category such as most popular or the newest additions. Don’t forget to check the license type of these icons before you include them in your app or game to make sure they’re royalty free.

3. Flaticons.net

flaticons for royalty free icons

Customize and download your very own royalty free icons using flaticons.net. This site has a great range of standard icons in a number of categories suited for mobile apps and games. After you’ve selected your icon, you can then customize to get the color, shape and size that you need. They also have a few free icon collections for you to download. With over 24 categories you’re sure to find something suitable for your project.

4. Iconmonstr.com

iconmonstr for royalty free icons

With Iconmonstr.com, you can choose icons from a range of categories and customize them yourself for your app or game. This is a great site for royalty free icons, because they all have the same license. You’re free to use them commercially and modify them any way you like. You can search for the icon you want or else browse the 12 categories for your free icon.

5. Icondeposit.com

icon deposit for royalty free icons

If you want a large selection of icon collections, then you should visit icondeposit.com right now. This site hosts user generated icons and has a great blog and tutorial section to help you make your own icons. All of the icons are free to download but signup or pay with a tweet is required for most downloads. Licenses vary but there are a lot of royalty free icons hosted here too. Just be sure to check the license when downloading to make sure you’re getting what you want.

6. Icons.mysitemyway.com

icons etc for royalty free icons

Icons.mysitemyway.com is a decent site for finding icons although a lot of the content here must be paid for. They also have a free section and you’re licensed to modify the icons as you like. Although this isn’t the biggest collection of royalty free icons, they are high quality and it’s very easy to find what you’re looking for.

7. Freeiconsweb.com

free icons web for royalty free icons

Freeiconsweb.com has over 1600 royalty free icons for you to choose from and they’re all easy to find from the homepage. You can also select your royalty free icons by color. A lot of the content on this site is user-generated and is searchable by category so navigation is as simple as can be.

8. Linea.io

linea for royalty free icons

Linea is a beautiful website with icon collections totaling over 730 flat icons. You can download all of these royalty free icons in one go or else you can carefully select the icon you’d like. The license of linea.io’s icons vary from most of the other sites on the list however. You must give credit for using these icons and also include notes if you alter them in any way.

9. Aegeank.com

sketcharchive for royalty free icons

Aegeank.com hosts a great collection of royalty free fonts called SketchActive that would look great in any app or game. With over 360 icons in a variety of categories, you’re sure to find something useful in this collection. No attribution is required and the collection is completely free to download.

10. App-bits.com

app-bits for royalty free icons

App-bits.com is a mobile app icon and UI design site and they’ve made a collection of 70 app icons free to download. Although these royalty free icons are available to anyone, you’re prevented from editing them in any way. Attribution is required under the Creative Commons Attribution-No-Derivs 3.0 Unported License but they are definitely worth checking out.

11. Useiconic.com

openiconic for royalty free icons

Open Iconic is a collection of 223 icons that you’re free to use without attribution and modify as you please. These icons are completely open source and take advantage of a super small file size. They pride themselves on hyper legibility and claim to be legible down to 8 pixels. This download pack is also available in multiple formats too so take a look and see if there’s something there for you.

12. Iconsweets.com

iconsweets for royalty free icons

Iconsweets.com is one of the smallest icon collections of royalty free icons on this list but it’s full of quality. You’re also free to download and modify them as you please for apps and games. With only 60 icons included you’ll know pretty quickly if it has what you’re looking for. These icons are simple in design but they’d look perfect on any mobile device.

13. Glyphish.com

glyphish for royalty free icons

Glyphish.com offers a collection of 50 royalty free icons for free download. They specialize in paid icons and have been used by a number of large corporations such as Google and NASA, so you know they’re high quality. The 50 royalty free icons that they offer are free to modify and are a similar quality to their paid icons.

Tools For Making Your Own Free App Icons

If you don’t find a suitable royalty free icon using the list above, try these tools and make your own icons!

Makeappicon.com

makeappicon for royalty free icons

This webtool is perfect for making your own royalty free icons. You can design your own icon as an image with an image editing tool like Photoshop or GIMP and then upload it to makeappicon.com. Makeappicon.com then turns your image into an icon for Android or iOS. When you’re ready to download your royalty free icons, just enter your email address and hit the download button.

Visualpharm.com

visualpharm for royalty free icons

Visualpharm.com is a site full of royalty free icons but they’ve also made a great reference guide with details on creating icons for a number of different platforms. If you want to make your own royalty free icons, getting the dimensions and format is essential. Their royalty free icons are also free to download for the most part, but they do require attribution if you do decide to use them.

Appicontemplate.com

app icon template for royalty free icons

Appicontemplate.com is a must-visit if you intend on making your own app or game icon. This site will provide you with the templates, tutorials and general info for designing great looking icons for multiple platforms. This site is run by Michael Flarup, a Danish designer that wants to help anyone that needs to make an app or game icon for a mobile device.

Free-icon-editor.com

free icon editor for royalty free icons

Free-icon-editor.com offers a free desktop solution called Junior Icon Editor that can help you to make your own royalty free icons for your mobile app or game. Junior Icon Editor is relatively easy to use if you have experience with image editing software and could be a fast way for you to get the exact icon you want.

Do You Have More Royalty Free Icons?

Hope you find these free icon sets and tools useful and find the right royalty free icons for your app. If you know about any other resources, leave us a comment. Make sure to share with your friends and colleagues too. Thanks for reading!

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