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Update note: Instagram now officially supports multiple accounts 10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On Instagram 10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On Instagram While Instagram's main functions continue to be easy to access and use, there are several options, tools, and third-party apps that most of us don't even realize are out there! Read More , and we’ve covered an easier way of cloning Android apps How to Make Copies of Your Apps to Use Multiple Accounts How to Make Copies of Your Apps to Use Multiple Accounts Want to log into different accounts within the same app? Just make a copy! Read More that could also be used for this purpose. We recommend checking out those articles for the most up-to-date information, but if you still want to use the following method (which relies on an app called Instwogram), feel free to read on).

Updated by Riley J. Dennis on November 18th, 2016.

Do you own more than one Instagram account? Managing both of them on the same Android device might seem next to impossible. Instagram is a mobile-only app (although there are ways to use it without a mobile device How To Create An Instagram Account & Upload Photos Without A Mobile Device How To Create An Instagram Account & Upload Photos Without A Mobile Device Just because you don't own the right smartphone doesn't mean you have to give up on apps like Instagram. Read More ) and has no multiple account feature, and forever logging in and out of your multiple accounts on the Instagram app is just too much of a hassle.

Some apps, such as Phonegram promise to add multiple-account features. But the promise breaks down when it comes to posting photos — you can’t. So are you doomed to inefficiency and awkward workarounds? Not exactly. Here’s a neat trick that will let you run two Instagram accounts on the same Android device.

A Word About Sideloading

In order to use the trick described below, you’re going to have to know a bit about sideloading. While most Android apps are available on Google Play, there’s a thriving community of developers who are constantly developing apps that never make it to the Play Store. If you want to install these apps, you’re going to have to do so manually.

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In order to install third-party apps manually, you’re going to have to tell your Android device to allow installations from unknown sources (i.e., not Google Play). To do this, head over to your security settings and check the box next to “Unknown sources” as seen above.

We have a full sideloading guide How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android How to Manually Install or Side Load Apps on Android Sideloading a file onto your Android device is easy, and we can show you how to do it. Read More for you, if you need it, but the process is not a complicated one. The most important thing is to make sure the app you’re downloading is not harmful. You can never be 100% sure, but if the app comes from an established thread in XDA developers or from a big APK source, you should be fine.

It is important to remember that any app you install manually is not officially supported by anyone, and can therefore contain bugs or act in weird ways on your device. I cannot guarantee that everything will work smoothly for you, but if things don’t work out, simply uninstall the app from your device and no harm done.

Installing Instwogram

Let’s get down to business! If you’ve reached this point, you must really want to run those multiple Instagram accounts, and you will, in just a few minutes. The process below is shown on a Nexus 5, but this should work the same on any Android device.

The first thing you need to do is install Instwogram. Instwogram is an Instagram clone by a developer called Me-Nex S. When you run this clone on your device next to the official Instagram app, you’re basically running Instagram twice, thus using it with two different accounts.

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Instwogram is constantly updated according to the latest Instagram release, so your best bet is to download it straight from the Instwogram XDA thread. Just look for the latest release and follow the link to download the APK. You can do this from your Android device to make things quicker.

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Instwogram does ask for quite a few permissions, some of which you may not feel too comfortable with. However, Instagram itself also asks for some pretty creepy permissions, so there’s no much you can do there.

Once installed, use Instwogram to sign in to one of your accounts. You can also create a new account using the app, if you want.

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Using Multiple Accounts

That’s it! You now essentially have two instances of Instagram running on your device — Instagram and Instwogram — and each can be connected to a different account.

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As you can see, the two instances are identical to one another — Instwogram is just an Instagram clone — but each is connected to a different user. You’ll also be able to differentiate between them when it comes to notifications by the different icon in your notification bar.

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You can use Instwogram just like Instagram to browse your feed, discover photos and users, post photos and videos, etc.

As mentioned above, sideloading an app like this means you may encounter some bugs. For me, I found that when I first launched Instwogram it could not access my camera correctly, and also caused the same problem on Instagram itself. Every time I tried taking a photo with the app, all I got was a black screen, and Instwogram even went as far as crashing a couple of times when I tried this. Restarting the phone resolved this issue in both apps.

Did It Work?

Go ahead and give Instwogram a try. I’d love to hear how it worked for you and if you encountered any specific bugs. If you’re new to Instagram and still finding your way around, be sure to read our top Instagram tips for newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More !

  1. blekfrok
    March 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    When i try to make new account i have this message:

    ERROR Too many users have been registered on this device

    What can i do,please help.

  2. Cara
    January 12, 2016 at 4:51 am

    It worked great! I'm so happy. The only bug is it seems to have changed my clock, but only on my main screen when my phone is unlocked. It is 3 hours ahead. But when my phone is kocked, and in the upper right hand corner, it says the right time. Small price to pay for 2 working instagrams, but if there is a fix I would love to know it. Thank you so much for posting this.

  3. juanca
    January 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    It works, thanks!

  4. Leslie
    December 20, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Has anyone been able to repost from the instwogram account? I have the repost app but when I log into my instwogram account from the repost app it posts to the instagram account not the instwogram. Ughhhhhhhh so annoying.

    • Bayuamus
      January 3, 2016 at 5:09 am

      The repost app, and any other instagram related apps will only detect the main Instagram account, not the Instwogram. There is a way to repost right from the Instwogram though: first choose a post, tap the three dots and download the picture, next tap the text, then long press the post description and copy it. Afterward do a regular posting process, and paste the text you copied. Just make sure you also attribute the original poster. Hope it helps.

  5. Zaki
    December 7, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Thanks so much. i'm using two insta accounts now :)

  6. Virago Eunoia
    November 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    It works great on my LG G4! Thank you so much for sharing this, it was super easy too!!

  7. Dunia Jilbab
    October 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Semoga bisa selalu menjadi panduan kebaikan bagi kita semua :) Berani Hijrah Aamiin.

  8. Bayu Amus
    September 30, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for sharing! Not really a bug but more a security feature, in some Android devices there will be "... error parsing..." message upon installing the Instwogram apk. The workaround is to upload the apk into your Google Drive, and install it from there. Works for me.

    • Susan
      January 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      When I upload to Google drive and then try to open file to install app it still says problem parsing. How did you do this?

      • Bayu Amus
        January 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

        Hi Susan, just checking, are you using the Google Drive app or its web version? Mine works well using the app.

  9. Heidi Huddleston
    September 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Seriously... Thank you. I have tried MULTIPLE times with a litany of other apps to try to manage two accounts... this works. It's the older (non-updated) version of Instagram so only square etc... at this point, I'm fine with that. :)

  10. Alice Watson
    July 2, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Is there a way to do this with tumblr? Are there any apps like this for it that you are aware of?

  11. Fletcher Andersen
    June 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    okay, this is awesome - now, how about if I have three accounts? ....

  12. chloe
    May 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I downloaded Instwogram buy can't find the app to get onto it. i can only access it through my downloads. Can someone please help?

  13. Zydacke
    April 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I have a Galaxy S5 Active and I make a new account and it logs me out after like two seconds and does that repated

  14. TrinaD
    March 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I was able to install the app just fine. But it won't upload video after several tries and I've restarted my phone twice.

    I have a Galaxy S4. Any ideas or suggestions? Photos upload fine.

  15. Jaityn
    December 31, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Can you please show me where to find the link to download it?? Having trouble finding it.

  16. Android
    October 10, 2014 at 12:16 am

    WOW. I never knew sideload was actually a thing on android until now! I even have a few more apps I new to do this with but after seeing I can sideload stuff, everything became 10x easier. THANK YOU

  17. Shaheen
    October 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This is awesome...
    Thank you so much for posting this review ... installing it was too easy

  18. Amit
    September 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Great post. I've been using this for a couple of days and it works effortlessly. The only con I'm noticing is excessive battery drain since I installed Instwogram. Otherwise it's a complete carbon copy of Instagram.

  19. Chris
    August 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I have installed and setup my new account, but I cannot get the app to link to my Facebook account. Tried several times, even uninstall and reinstall, but it just won't connect to my Fb account. I installed this so I can run a client's account. Great app, just need the linked account to function!

  20. Vic
    July 24, 2014 at 5:19 am

    This didn't work for me. :( I allowed third party downloads and I downloaded the latest version from the link provided, but when I went to hit "install", the button just didn't do anything. Anybody know what's up with that?

  21. alsawad
    June 28, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I want 3 instagrams is there any idea ?

  22. etegration
    June 27, 2014 at 2:27 am

    now we need a 3rd clone please. for 3 accounts hahah

    • AndroidWorldBH
      July 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Ask for it in the thread

    • Stella
      April 4, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Crazy, but I want it too hahahah!

  23. cblake
    June 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Works great! Was easier to install than I thought it would be. Instagram clone! Genius! Thank you :-)

  24. sarah
    June 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

    works good untill i go to link a photo to facebook !! can u tell me how to fix ??

  25. Anonymous
    June 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Awesome! This was waaaay easier than I had anticipated. I had already accepted apps from.outside sources but i still thought I'd have to jump through hoops. I am.running Into the same problem with connecting to the camera or even accessing my gallery from the app but I can still upload through the gallery to the app instead.

  26. M
    May 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Just installed it and it is awesome - two on one phone finally!!
    Now if only they had one for iOs too and my brother would be stoked

  27. Kristina Roy
    April 24, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hi Yaara lancet,
    You really shared good post about Instwogram app. You shared some good points about Instwogram that were difficult to discuss. It helped me to increase my knowledge about how to use Instwogram. Your post is really nice and helpful to everyone. Thank to share such useful information with us.

  28. AndroidWorldBH
    April 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I would like to thank you for the great review xoxo

    i've added an add-one to download pics and vids directly from instwogram

    • yvonnenyc
      April 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

      thank you for the app, good stuff.

      to the writer of this article, a snap shot of WHERE to find it on his page will be helpful. found it difficult to find on the message board. looks good so far, thanks!!

      yvonnenyc on instagram

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