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In the past, I changed my folder icons for Applications, Downloads, Documents and for applications like Mail Safari. Now many have reverted or gone to a white page picture.

How can I replace them with my own icons again?

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The manual way is to go to the system folder using finder go to folder command shortcut Shift Command G ⇧⌘G

/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/

Rename the original icon and then name the new icon file with the original name. Will need to be an admin user and enter your password when doing this

Using a dedicated program may be easier see Liteicon for a free download.

The file will need to be a Mac icon file .icns

I create my icons with Affinity Designer export to a 1024 X 1024 PNG then use iConvert Icons to make the icon files. Any photo or vector graphics tool will work and there are other converters.

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