My phone uses a standard icon when mounted. I just want to replace that icon with a custom one.


I'm opening a PNG image in Preview and copying the image, then pasting onto the icon in the Get Info window, but I get the system PNG icon instead of the image itself:


How do you use a custom image? OSX gives you no feedback on this at all.

Update: After some further investigation, it appears that the image is being set correctly in .VolumeIcons.icns


So for whatever reason, Finder is refusing to display it correctly. Is there some kind of icon format requirement that Finder isn't telling me?

Update: Now the cut-n-paste method works fine. I have not changed anything, so I have no idea what was wrong before. I can only chalk this up to a Finder bug.

  • Please remove images and other stuff from the question to keep it simple. The answer should contain the details, and current answers already contains enough good details. Thanks!
    – sorin
    Commented Feb 12, 2011 at 19:30
  • @Sorin this is a question regarding glitchy UI behavior; images are perfectly appropriate and helpful in describing the problem. Commented Feb 15, 2011 at 20:34

2 Answers 2


just drag and drop :)

sometimes it does not work so, you do a simple:

  • COPY: copy to clipboard the icon you want to use
  • SELECT: select the icon you want to remove
  • PASTE: paste it

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    This answer is baffling to me. It's as if you didn't read my question at all. I was already using cut-n-paste to replace the icon. Furthermore, the .VolumeIcons.icns file whose screenshot you modified for your answer is only created after changing the icon. Commented Sep 27, 2010 at 19:36
  • cut-n'-paste works every time, so, if it does not work for you, something happen, just restart and try again. I't a Finder feature, not a bug.
    – balexandre
    Commented Sep 28, 2010 at 6:42
  • The fact that this did not work for me was almost certainly a bug, because it works fine now. Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 1:48
  • I have had some App Icons not work with cut-n-paste, in the paste, but nowadays they seem to work okay, perhaps apple has ironed some of these bugs out. Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 20:01

Also you can use DiskUtility with Repair disk for USB memory. Icon appears correctly.

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