Instagram is one of the most used and fastest-growing social media platforms. It is an American social networking service created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and owned by Facebook, Inc., using which, you can share photos and videos with people. We all love to post their content and make new friends on Instagram. Also, we try many tips and tricks to increase the number of followers. However, it is also important to differentiate your celebrity/global brand account from fake accounts to avoid losing your followers and many other losses. Getting your account verified ensures that the account is used only by you, and it is not a fake account. So, for the very same reason, we come up with a complete guide on How to Get Verified on Instagram.
People can differentiate between a verified account and a fake account by seeing a specific symbol with your username. The verified account’s username will be displayed with the “Instagram verified logo”. The “Instagram verified logo” looks like a blue seal with a small checkmark.
So let’s see how you too can get the verification badge next to your username.
Eligibility For Getting Verified Badge:
Before getting your Instagram account verified, let us check if your account is eligible for getting verified or not.
According to Instagram, for getting your account verified, your account must be:-
You should be the person who you say you are. Your account must represent the real person(you), registered business, or entity.
Your account must be the unique presence of the person or business that it is representing. Only one account per person or business may be verified, except for language-specific accounts.
Note:-Instagram doesn’t verify general interest accounts (example: @kittenmemes).
Your account’s privacy setting must be public and it must have a bio, profile photo, and of course, at least one post. Your profile shouldn’t contain any “add me” links to any other social media services.
Your account must represent a celebrity, brand, or entity. The person must be well known and a highly searched person. Instagram review the accounts that are featured in multiple news sources, and it does not consider paid or promotional content as sources for review.
Note:- Although you already have a verified badge on Facebook doesn’t mean that you are also eligible to get verified on Instagram.
Getting verified on Facebook is easier as it grants verification for small businesses too. However, Instagram grants verification to only some public figures, celebrities, and the Instagram accounts that have a high likelihood of being impersonated.
If your account meets these eligibility criteria, let’s get into the process of getting your account verified.
Ways To Increase Chance of Getting Your Instagram Account Verified:
As mentioned above, to get the verified badge, You should be the person who you say you are. Post the original content created by you. If you are highly searched, people can take your photos/videos from the internet and post it on Instagram.
For example, if you are a celebrity you can just take a selfie and post it or you can post pictures of your family or a pet. You can also come live on Instagram.
Link your other social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to Instagram. This will help Instagram to ensure that it is really you, especially if other social media accounts are already verified.
Also, it is easier to get your Facebook account verified. Therefore, you can first get your Facebook account verified and move on to Instagram to improve your chances.
3) Increase your followers
It is one of the most obvious and most important ways to get the blue seal. You can increase your follows by using hashtags, as hashtags are the way how people mainly browse posts and accounts on Instagram. Find the trending hashtags and add them in your posts, it will increase the chances of people landing on your account and posts.
Like and comment on the random posts that you stumble upon while browsing through Instagram. Post friendly comments to make the account owner like you. Try to interact with them and show interest in their hobbies. Consequently, they will end up being your followers.
You can also promote your Instagram profile on other social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook. Your followers on other social media might also end up following you on Instagram.
- Golden hours
Post your content on Instagram between 11 am – 1 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm. According to researches people are likely to get most likes and comments during these hours.
Read Well Researched Detailed Article on Best time to post on Instagram
Steps to Get Verified Badge on Instagram:
To request the badge from Instagram follow these steps:-
1) Ensure that you are logged into the account you want to get verification for.
2) Go to your profile by tapping your profile icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
3) Tap the three vertical lines in the top right.
4) Tap “Settings”, select “Account” and then tap on “Request verification”.
5) Enter your details and provide a government-issued photo-ID and tap “Send”.
However, even if your account is eligible for verification, submitting a request doesn’t guarantee that your account will be verified.
After submitting the request, Instagram reviews it, and you receive a notification letting you know if your account has been verified or not. If your request is denied, don’t worry, you can submit a new request after 30 days.
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