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Hate Instagram’s new logo? Here’s how to get the old one back on your iPhone

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:17PM EST
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Facebook-owned Instagram rolled out an updated version of its mobile app earlier this week and it has been making waves ever since. This is the biggest update Instagram has released in quite some time, and it includes a floor to ceiling redesign that users absolutely love. The new look of Instagram’s app is sleek and modern, adopting the flatter look that’s so trendy these days. But Instagram also included a redesigned app icon with its big update, and the Internet absolutely hates it.

Well, if you’re one of the users who can’t stand the look of Instagram’s new app icon, we’ll show you how to get the old one back on your iPhone in just a few seconds, with no jailbreaking or other hacks required.

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Instagram’s new design is terrific. If you haven’t yet updated, here’s a quick look at what you’re missing:

The new look fits much better with the modernized interfaces of both iOS 9 and Android Marshmallow. Even better, it places more focus on the photos and less on the graphic elements above and below them. Instagram is, after all, a photo-sharing network first and foremost.

As much as people love the new look, however, they seem to hate the new icon. Rest assured, if you fall into that camp you’ll get used to it over time, but there is a way to delay the inevitable.

Using a simple workaround, UX designer Juan Ramirez created a trick that will let you use the old icon on your phone again while still using the newly updated Instagram app.

How does it work? iOS allows users to pin web shortcuts to their home screens and Ramirez created a shortcut that opens the Instagram app. His shortcut uses the old Instagram icon instead of the new one, so you’ll be able to keep Instagram on your first home screen without having to stare at the crazy new icon.

Here’s what you need to do:

First, move the actual Instagram icon off your main home screen. You’ll probably want to bury it in a folder.

Then, visit this link on your iPhone, tap the share button, and choose the option to “add to home screen.”


That’s all there is to it — no jailbreaking or hacking required.

Of course, you’ll still see the new Instagram icon when you get notifications on your iPhone, but you’ll be able to launch the app using a special shortcut that looks just like the old icon.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.