It took a long time, but you did it: the Home screen of your smartphone is colorful and harmonious. To achieve this, you spent hours and hours selecting the icons to leave visible, hiding all those that, in your opinion, are too ugly to remain in plain sight; The Instagram icon, however, has put you in serious trouble: since you use the app very often, removing it from the Home screen would be somewhat counterproductive, but you just don’t like its icon and you would do everything to be able to modify it.
How do you say? That’s it? In this case, know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In fact, during this tutorial I will explain to you in detail how to change the Instagram icon on Android and iOS using a series of very simple solutions to put into practice.
So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will have acquired the skills necessary to be able to modify that icon that has given you so many headaches so far. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and have fun!
How to change Instagram icon: Android
The simplest way to change the icon of a single app on Android , without having to carry out complex procedures such as obtaining root permissions, is to create a custom link to it, using a third-party application dedicated to the purpose.
Among the many available on the Play Store and on the alternative stores for Android, I recommend that you consider Icon Changer Free : this is of a totally free solution, able to change the icon of any app on the Android Home screen, within a couple of taps, regardless of the launcher in use.
Before explaining how to use it, I think it is right to specify that the icon is changed by creating a personalized link to it, which can only be used on the Home screen; therefore, the drawer icon will remain the original one.
Is everything clear? OK, let’s proceed. First, open the reference store of your device (e.g. the Google Play Store), tap on the magnifying glass symbol or on the search bar and type the words icon changer free , inside it.
Once on the results page, select the app in question among those listed (identified by the symbol of two robots joined by two circular arrows ) and press the Install / Download button, to download and install it on the device.
Once this is done, start the app in question, touch the icon depicting the two Android robots located in the center, reach the Application tab (located at the top) and tap the Instagram icon, which should appear in the list of apps installed on the device.
At this point, tap the
Change located immediately below the icon in use, inside the Icon box, and choose from the options proposed, based on the type of image to use: Default icons, to select an icon already present in the device; Gallery , to choose a photo taken from the gallery; or Icon Packs , to upload an image belonging to a previously installed icon pack from the store.
Having made your choice, if you deem it necessary, use the Filter and Decorate items to apply custom filters and decorations to the image; finally, indicate the name to assign to the icon, in the Title field, and tap the OK button located at the top right, to proceed with the creation of the icon.
At the end of this last operation, you should see a panel dedicated to inserting the icon in Home screen: to position it manually, press and hold it, drag it to the “place” you want to assign it, then release it; to make Android automatically position the new icon, tap the Add automatically button instead.
If on the screen Home if the “original” icon is also present, delete it by making a long tap on it and dragging it to the Remove option, which appears at the top of the screen, or select the item of the same name from the context menu proposed. Be careful not to select the Delete or Uninstall options: you risk deleting the app from your device!
Note : Icon Changer appends a small watermark to all icons created, so as not to confuse the links with the “original” icons.
As a workaround, I remind you that you can also install complete sets of icons, with which to customize not only Instagram but all the main system and third-party apps, giving their icons a harmonious and different look from the default one.
You can find many sets of icons for Android both on the Play Store and on alternative stores, both free and paid; to be able to apply them you have to make sure you are using a compatible launcher , for example the excellent Nova Launcher.
Once set a launcher compatible with custom icon sets as default on your device (just go to the menu Settings> Apps> Default apps> App Home ) and have downloaded an icon pack that also contains the icon for Instagram , you can apply it by selecting it from the settings of the launcher itself or, if available, through the app that accompanies the set of icons (generally just start it and select the launhcer in use, and then confirm). For more information on this, see my tutorial on how to change icons on Android.
How to change Instagram icon: iPhone
If yours is an iPhone , in the current state of things, there are not many ways you can take to change the Instagram icon, other than to act through the iOS Commands app (i.e. the automation tool for scripts and commands made available by Apple), creating a custom link to the app on the Home screen.
Before anything else, however, I advise you to update at least to iOS 14.3: using this “trick” on previous versions of iOS, in fact, slows down significantly The opening of apps for which custom links are created is sensitive, since before the actual app the Commands app is started for a few moments (which, however, does not happen in iOS 14.3 and later). >
Having made this necessary clarification, let me explain how to proceed. First of all, open the Commands app using its icon on the Home screen or in the iOS App Library (if you have uninstalled it, you can download it again from the App Store), touch the [ +] at the top right and select the item Add action , from the next screen.
Subsequently, locate the bar identified by the words Search apps and actions (located at the top) and type, inside it, the words open app , then touch the item Open the app residing in the Actions box and tap the Choose option, to view the list of apps installed on the “iPhone by”. >
Now, touch the icon Instagram from the proposed list, tap the (…) button located at the top right and choose the Add to Home item, to start editing the custom link. At this point, touch the overlapping diamonds icon located under the heading Home screen name and icon and select the image to use: a file already present on the device or in iCloud or a photo taken using the camera.
Once you have identified the image to use, tap the Choose button, to select it, and customize the name to be assigned to the new one connection by tapping on New command [x] . Finally, tap the Add button to create the link.
As a last step, if you have iOS 14 , you can delete the original app icon from the Home screen, leaving it only in the App Library: to do this, make a long tap on the icon in question and select the items Remove app and Move to app library . On previous editions of iOS, the App Library isn’t available and the original app icons can’t be deleted from the Home screen – you can bypass that, though, by moving them to a dedicated folder. More info here.
Note: if you don’t know where to get alternative icons for Instagram, you can search the sites to download free icons that I recommended in my tutorial on the theme; to download the icons on the phone memory, just view them in the browser, perform a long tap on them and choose the item to add them to the Photos app or save them on the device memory from the menu that appears.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. Known for discovering vulnerabilities on Google and
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