How to Change the Instagram Icon in iOS and Android

Use the Shortcuts app or a third-party icon changer

What to Know

  • On iOS, open the Shortcuts app and tap the Plus (+) > Add Action > Open app > Choose > Instagram.
  • Next, tap the three-dot menu > Add to Home Screen > Instagram icon and choose a new icon.
  • On Android, use a third-party app like Icon X Changer to change the Instagram icon.

This article explains how to change the Instagram app icon on Android and iOS smartphones.

How to Change Your App Icons on iPhone or iPad

These steps will only work if your device is running iOS 14 or higher.

Here's how to change the Instagram icon using the iOS Shortcuts app:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app and tap the Plus (+) in the upper-right corner.

  2. Under Next Action Suggestions, select Open App.

    Selecting app shortcut on iPhone

    If you don't see the Open App option, you can find it by tapping Add Action and typing Open App in the search bar.

  3. Tap App, then scroll down and select Instagram.

  4. Tap the three dotted lines in the upper-right corner.

    Selecting Instagram app via Shortcup app
  5. Tap Add to Home Screen.

  6. Under HOME SCREEN NAME AND ICON, tap the image icon to choose an image for the icon.

  7. Select Take Photo, Choose Photo, or Choose File to add your image.

    Choosing app shortcut image
  8. In the New Shortcut field, type Instagram (or any name).

  9. In the upper-right corner, tap Add.

    Adding shortcut name; adding shortcut.
  10. To hide the original app icon from your Home screen, press and hold the icon then select Remove App > Remove from Home Screen.

    Hiding Instagram original app icon from home screen

To remove the app shortcut from the Home screen, press and hold the icon and select Delete Bookmark > Delete.

How to Change Your App Icons on Android

On Android, you must use a third-party app to change your icons. Here's how to change the Instagram icon using X Icon Changer:

X Icon Changer is ad-supported, so you can use it for free, but you might have to watch some short ads.

  1. Download and install X Icon Changer from Google Play.

  2. On your Home screen, press and hold the background, then select Widgets.

  3. Scroll down and tap X Icon Changer.

    Install, Widgets and X Icon Changer in Android
  4. Press and hold the X Icon Changer icon.

  5. When the Home screen appears, drag the icon where you want it and let go.

  6. Find and tap the Instagram app.

    X Icon Changer icon and Instagram icon in Android
  7. Choose a new shortcut and tap OK. There are lots of options, or you can add your own.

  8. The new icon appears on your Home screen. To remove the original Instagram icon from your Home screen, press and hold the app and select Remove from Home or drag it to the Trash.

    OK in X Icon Changer, Old and New Instagram icons in Android
  • How do I change my Instagram password?

    To reset or change your Instagram password, go to your Instagram profile page and select Menu (three lines) > Settings > Security > Password. Enter your current password, and then enter your new password. Tap Save to save your changes.

  • How do I change my Instagram name?

    To change your Instagram name, tap your profile picture and select Edit Profile. In the Edit Profile screen, tap the Name field to change your display name or tap the Username field to change your username. Tap the blue checkmark in the upper-right corner of the screen to save your changes.

  • How do I change the background color on an Instagram story?

    To change your Instagram story background color, tap the new post icon and select Story > Create. Tap the circle color wheel at the bottom to cycle through available colors. Tap Tap to type to enter your text. Note that your font limits your color options. Tap Done when you're satisfied.

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