Yes, that’s right: Instagram has a sneaky, low-key, cryptic, and confidential way of changing its iconic, colorful icon on the home screen of your Android or iPhone device and anywhere it appears in iOS. The app has outdone itself too: 12 alternative icon designs, from classic looks to new themes, are all in a no-find settings menu – unless you know the trick.
First, go to your profile, tap the hamburger menu icon in the top right corner, then select “Settings”. However, don’t tap on any of the options in the list. Instead, pull the page down. As you drag, you’ll see the eye emoji, followed by the thinking emoji, then the pointing emoji, then the gift emoji, then the party emoji, which eventually turns into a mystery App icon Menu.
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in the App iconyou will see all 12 additional icon options to choose from. There are four from the past (Classic, Classic 2, Original, and Codename), and you can see when Instagram took over each icon, up until 2010. Below that, you’ll find new, custom icons that are just for fun or specific ones Purposes. These include colorful options like Aurora, Gold, Pride, Sunrise and Twilight, as well as simple options for Light, Dark and Very Dark.
On an iPhone, just select one and click OK in the pop-up. On Android, select one, then tap Auto-Add to place it in the next available spot on your Home screen, or drag and drop the icon exactly where you want it to appear. While iOS replaces the original app icon, Android adds an alias app icon, so you can technically have all 13 icons on your home screen. However, you will likely want to add your alias and then remove the original Instagram app so that only the alias is displayed.
Instagram added these custom icons as part of its 10th birthday celebration on October 6, 2020 (Happy Birthday, IG, by the way). Oddly enough, the company says they invite you to change the “This Month” icon. Instagram isn’t clarifying whether this means the feature will go away after October is up, but we’d be disappointed if it did. If it goes away, rest assured that we’ll update these instructions with a workaround to get it back.
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