For every other application package I've looked at, there's a Paste option available in Edit menu after selecting the icon in "Get Info" dialog. For Google Chrome, there isn't.

Google Chrome Info

Why is that (i.e. is Chrome blocking the change somehow)? How can I get around this and change the icon? I'm sure there are apps for handling this, is there a way to do it without one?

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    Because of how Chrome updates, you will have to do this over and over again. Each time it pushes an update to you, it overwrites the old icon too.
    – jmlumpkin
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 12:06
  • Select the icon instead, and you will be able to paste. See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/169721/… for instructions. @jmlumpkin The benefit of this method is that Google Chrome will not overwrite this setting because Google Chrome only modifies the binary and framework, not the top Contents/ folder this icon is stored in.
    – Joy Jin
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 6:28

2 Answers 2


Right click on the package, "show package content", then go in the "ressources" folder and change the icon there. The icon file is the .icns file.

  • Thanks. Could you be please more specific on how and what to change? I've figured it out, but your answer seems incomplete this way. Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 9:05
  • Like that or more ?
    – Cedric H.
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 9:08
  • By the way, I had to remove Chrome from Dock and put it back there to make the new icon appear in Dock (finder showed new icon right after I've changed the icns file). Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 9:12
  • More, I guess, mention what icns files are there, how to edit them perhaps? Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 9:15
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    @Martin you will always have to do that anyway, or in the terminal type: "killall Dock" to restart the Dock, because it keeps a cached copy of the icon. Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 13:38
  • "Show Package Contents", Contents, Resources
  • Replace app.icns with a new icon set
  • Go to a Terminal and do touch /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/ and killall Dock



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