Instagram’s appeal lies in its simplicity. All you need is a smartphone with a camera to upload photos and videos that you want to share with others. You can also add filters and effects to enhance your photos before sharing them on the platform. Getting your account verified on Instagram can be a big deal if you're an influencer. It’s not a badge of honor, but it indicates that Instagram has confirmed that your profile is legitimate and you aren’t using an imposter account.
Why do businesses want an Instagram profile verified?
A verified account makes it easier for people to find your business on Instagram, so it's an effective way to grow your audience. When people search for your business or brand name, they're more likely to find your account than if it's not verified. The blue checkmark also helps build trust with potential customers. They know that Instagram has vetted the account and has undergone strict security checks. If you want to get verified on Instagram, there are two ways to do it:
The first way is by using a third-party website. This is the easiest way to get verified on Instagram because all you need to do is log in with your username and password, and the website will automatically send the request for you. However, if you want to be 100% sure that your account has been verified, then you should do it manually by following these steps:
Login with name and password
You can verify your account by clicking on the "Settings" tab in the top right corner of the app. From there, tap "Help Center" in the menu and select "Verify Account." This will take you to a page where you can enter your username and password. If this is your first time logging into your account, it may ask for additional information, such as proof of identity and address.
Select "Request Verification" at the bottom of the page
To request verification from Instagram, you must have a public account with at least 10k followers. You can also apply for verification if you're an individual who works in the fashion industry or if you work in advertising or marketing for brands with over 1 million followers. If you're applying for business purposes, ensure that your company has been operating for at least six months and has been paying taxes since then.
Fill out your contact information and upload your ID
To get verified on Instagram, you'll need to fill out your contact information and upload a photo of your government-issued ID. You can write a brief bio that describes your business. Instagram doesn't have any specific guidelines for this section, but it's important to include important information like the name of your business, website, physical location, and other relevant details. If you have multiple locations (or blog posts), use hashtags related to each. This process is simple, but it can take up to two weeks for Instagram to verify your account.
If you're not sure how to get your government-issued ID photo, here's how:
1. Purchase a passport photo from a drugstore or other business that offers passport photos. Passport photos must be 2"x2" in size and taken within the last six months.
2. Make sure you're wearing plain clothes with no logos or anything else printed on them that would indicate where you work or which company you represent.
3. Make sure your hair is combed neatly but not styled in any way that might make it look like a wig (this is common when people try to fake their IDs).
Setting up 2FA
Once you've done that, you'll get an email from Instagram with instructions for setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) on your account — this protects your account from being hacked by adding another layer of security with an extra code sent via text message or app every time someone tries logging in from an unrecognized device or location. After that, press the "submit" button to complete the process.
Confirm your email address
After submitting your request to get verified, you will receive an email from Instagram asking you to confirm your email address. Click the link in the email and then follow the instructions in the form.
Wait for Instagram's response
The next step is to wait for Instagram's response regarding your verification application. It can take up several days for your account to be verified. Some users are verified within 24 hours, while others have been waiting for over a week. If you don't get any response after seven days, you can contact Instagram via their Help Center.