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which is an online image sharing, video-sharing, and social networking service owned by Facebook that was launched almost five years ago. The user can take photos or videos with their smartphone cameras and share them on Instagram. Users can apply digital filters to alter the color, contrast, saturation of images. Pictures are shared either publicly or privately to people using either iPhone apps (iPhone, iPad), Android (Samsung Galaxy S5), or windows phones.

After the launching of Instagram, it gets more than 100 million active users within less than three years. It has one of the most popular applications in AppStore, the google play store. Still, now it is not clear that how many daily uploads are there but now it generates 1 billion photo views per day.

Here we have a list of the top 5 ways to change Instagram icons easily. The ways are very easy and easy to implement.

1 – Use Homescreen Designer App

This is the easiest way to change the Instagram icon. It will take only less than 2 minutes to implement the method because there are lots of tools available that can do it easily. You just need to find out what kind of size your image is and then select the right template. Once your design is ready you just have to save it on your phone’s memory card, change its name with the Instagram app’s name, copy it in the same folder where the Instagram app is placed. That’s all now you are done accessing Instagram from the home screen with a new custom-designed icon.

2 – Through Root Method

Now, this method might be dangerous for some users because it requires root access which means you have unlocked your android device by superuser access. So you are solely responsible for the outcome of using the root method.

Root your phone; Download ‘ Root explorer app’ (it is available in the play store). Open “Root Explorer” and go to “/system/app/”–>” Instagram.apk” file (for android versions less than Jelly Bean 4.2.2)–> rename it as “Instagram1.apk”; download ‘Android Terminal Emulator’ (it is also available in play store). The go-to “/system/app/”, find the Instagram folder, copy its name and paste it on desktop. Now open the ‘Terminal emulator’ app and type “su” command, accept all prompt messages till you get a prompt message on the emulator screen. Type the command “cp -R /sdcard/Instagram folder name/”. This will copy the Instagram folder to the proper location. Now again type “su” and then type “chmod 644 /system/app/Instagram . Apk” Finally reboot your device.

3 – Through Custom Launcher App

You can use any apps like Nova launcher, ADW launchers, smart launcher which are available for free on the play store. Just search for it using ‘custom launcher’. Make sure you have downloaded the custom icons pack (it is also available in the play store) because most of these Launchers ask you to choose an icon pack once they are launched for the first time. After choosing the desired Icon Pack now go back to the menu and then go to the option ‘Nova Actions’, choose ‘Activities’ then search for ‘ Instagram’.

4 – Use Android Asset Studio Tool

It is an online tool that helps you to change your custom image with any app image. The best part of this tool is that it does not require any coding knowledge. You just need to upload your image, download its package name, open the “Terminal” in root explorer and replace the old instagram.apk name with the downloaded package name. That’s all

5 – Customize Third-Party Apps

There are lots of apps available on the internet which mimic Instagram but they do not have all features as compared to the original one. It will be a good idea if you customize those apps as per your needs. So if any third-party app is installed on your device then first uninstall it from the system memory and then install a new modified one. Now you have a new modified Instagram icon on the home screen of your device.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1 – Which one is a good app to change Instagram Icon, Android Asset Studio, or Homescreen Designer?

Android asset studio has lots of customization options available whereas home screen designer has limited options. So if you want to add more features in your modified app then go for ‘Android Asset Studio’ but if you just want to change the look only then try ‘Homescreen designer’.

2 – In an android phone can I take a backup of old Instagram and restore it after modifying it?

No, because when you start any executable file it checks its package name and displays it on the screen only. So even though your old package name is there in the system memory installation directory (which we need) it will also be present in other apps that require Instagram installation like third-party apps. So if you restore the backup after customization, it will give an error message.

3 – After modifying can I delete or uninstall my current Instagram?

Yes. But make sure to take a backup of your original package name for restoring later use because there is no other way to restore it back. ‘ Android Asset Studio’ takes care of this issue by providing an option to automatically generate old package names but the home screen designer does not provide you with that facility. You can use any android app like Root checker pro (it is available in the play store) which tells whether your phone is rooted or not. If it shows ‘no root access’, then unrooting and rooting again might help you to recover the old package name.


We have seen some simple, easy, and effective ways to customize your Instagram Icon. All these methods are tested on Android phones like (Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and more) and they all work properly.


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