Instagram has recently stepped on its 10th anniversary, and they are celebrating it with an easter egg. If you have been using Instagram for a long time now, you might remember the old app logos before it was revamped in 2016. Now you can get them back and go down the memory lane.
As a surprise for long-time users, Instagram has added the option to change the app icon to one of the classic icons just for this month. The option is rolled out with the latest app update on both Android (126.96.36.199.122) and iOS (162.0), and it’s hidden in the settings menu.
You will find thirteen different Instagram app icons, starting from the pre-launch icon to the newest one. Although it might not be that exciting for regular users, home screen enthusiasts will be happy to have the customization option.
Before the feature gets disabled next month, you should definitely try changing the Instagram app icon once. Whether you are on Android or iOS, you can follow this guide to do it.
Changing the Instagram app icon on Android and iOS
The following process is basically identical on Android and iOS, as the Instagram app mostly shares the same user interface. Here’s how you can change the Instagram app icon:
- First, update to the latest version of the Instagram app on your Android (Play Store) or iOS (App Store) device if you already haven’t done it.
- Once updated, launch Instagram from your home screen.
- Next, tap your Profile on the right end of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
- After that, tap the three-lined hamburger icon on the top-right corner of the Instagram app window, then select Settings under the sidebar.
- Now swipe and drag the Settings menu downwards until you start seeing emojis above the menu.
- The emojis should show up in the following order: 👀 → 🤔 → ☝️ → 🎉. Soon after that, the secret menu will open up with a confetti shower animation.
In the secret menu, you can find all the classic and new Instagram icons, including Codename, Original, Classic, Classic 2, Twilight, Sunrise, Aurora, Pride, Gold, Dark, Very Dark, and Light.
When you pick up an icon on Android, you will be asked to add an Instagram shortcut with the selected icon to the home screen. However, the app icon will change immediately on iOS when selected. Check out this tweet from @kosmowskipat to see Instagram’s secret app icon customization menu in action.
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