Requesting Instagram verification is actually quite straightforward. Make sure you’re logged into the account you wish to verify before proceeding with the steps below. If you want to receive the Instagram badge for your work account, for example, be sure you’re not accidentally in your personal account.
Here’s how to get Instagram verification:
- Open your Instagram profile by tapping the symbol in the bottom-right corner with your profile image.
- In the top-right corner of your profile, tap the menu button (how to get verified on Instagram in 2018).
- Go to the bottom-right of your screen and choose the settings icon (Instagram verification menu), then Account from the settings menu.
- Scroll down to Request verification in the account settings, then tap it.
- A form with your account name pre-filled will display. Add your full name first (for businesses, the full name of whoever manages your Instagram will do).
- Select a file to attach a photo of your ID by tapping Choose File. A driver’s license, passport, or national identity card will suffice for a person. Any official business document, such as a tax filing, an article of incorporation, or even a recent power bill, can be used for a business.
- Take a crisp, in-focus snapshot of your ID using your camera or upload an image of your ID from your phone.
- Finally, at the bottom of the screen, hit the blue Send button to send your verification request to Instagram.
So, what’s next? Is it true that I am verified?
Wait for a second—you’re not yet an Instagram celebrity. Your request will now be sent to individual Instagram moderators, who will examine your account and determine whether or not to grant you an Instagram badge.
This could take many weeks, so if you don’t hear back right away, it’s not a terrible indication.
You’ll get a notification in the app after the Instagram authorities have reached their decision on whether or not you’re Instagram verified.
Don’t give up if your request is denied! After 30 days, you can submit a new request.
How to Verify Your Instagram Account
Instagram is now being more upfront about what it takes to acquire a verified badge after allowing requesting verification on August 28. On their support center, they now state their standards and conditions for becoming verified on Instagram.
- If you’re wondering what it takes to be eligible for that lovely blue check, follow these steps:
- Stick to the guidelines. If Instagram’s censors believe you are violating their Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, you can forget about getting verified.
- Be honest. And we don’t mean that in a figurative sense. A real person, a recognized business, or a well-established organization must be represented by your account. That implies no inspirational meme pages or parody accounts will be taken into account.
- Make an impression. The blue Instagram badge isn’t something that can be obtained just by asking nicely. You or your brand must be mentioned in many news outlets, be well-searched, and be well-known among the general public. It doesn’t matter if you’re featured in paid or promotional content.
- Only one account should be verified. Your Instagram account should be “the unique presence of the person or business it represents,” according to Instagram. You can’t have several verified accounts for yourself or your company. The sole exception is for accounts that are specialized to a certain language (for example, McDonald’s Denmark versus McDonald’s Italy).
- Complete your profile setup. If your Instagram account doesn’t have a bio, a profile image, or at least one post, you won’t be able to get verified.
- Make your presence known. Simply put, private accounts cannot be confirmed.
- Don’t connect to other social media sites. Your request is doomed if your profile contains links to follow your accounts on other social media platforms.
- Don’t make any false statements. If you give “false or misleading information” while seeking verification, your verified badge will be revoked, and you may be suspended or even banned from Instagram permanently.
Why is it worthwhile to get verified on Instagram?
Getting an Instagram check is a badge of honor for many people. It looks cool, increases your clout, and gives you a sense of importance. However, those aren’t the only benefits of asking for Instagram verification.
The following are the three main advantages of becoming verified on Instagram:
- One of the best things about receiving the blue Instagram badge is that anyone searching for you or your brand can immediately notice that you’re the real deal, ensuring that you don’t lose any prospective followers to fan accounts, parody accounts, or imposters.
- You establish your newsworthiness: Getting Instagram verified establishes that you’ve been featured in several independent news outlets and that you or your organization is so well-known that others want to imitate you—and, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Even if it’s simply the Instagram moderators’ perspective, this still displays to your current and future followers that you’re a well-known character or brand.
- It’s wonderful for Instagram SEO: Getting the blue check means your account will automatically rank at the top of Instagram search results for terms related to your account name. For the same Instagram search, verified accounts always score higher than non-verified accounts, so that’s simply frosting on the cake.