Edit Profile

Edit Your Profile

To update your profile information, including your username, the mobile phone number and email address associated with your account:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap Edit Profile or Edit Your Profile
  3. Type in your new name, username, website, bio, mobile phone number or private information, then tap Done or Save in the top right

You can also update your profile information from the web.

Learn about what to do if you're having trouble logging into your account.

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To add or change your profile picture:

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap Edit Profile > Change Profile Photo
  3. Select where you'd like to import your picture from
  4. Click Done

You can take a new photo or add a photo from your phone's photo library, Facebook or Twitter. If you choose to import from Facebook or Twitter, Instagram will use the same picture you're already using for that social network.

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By default, anyone can view your profile and posts on Instagram. You can make your posts private so that only followers you approve can see them. If your posts are set to private, only your approved followers will see them in the Photos tab of Search & Explore or on hashtag or location pages. Posts can't be set to private from a desktop computer.

To set your posts to private from the Instagram app on iOS:

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap
  3. Turn on the Private Account setting

Things to keep in mind about private posts:

  • Private posts you share to social networks may be visible to the public depending on your privacy settings for those networks. For example, a post you share to Twitter that was set to private on Instagram may be visible to the people who can see your Twitter posts.
  • Once you make your posts private, people will have to send you a follow request to see your posts, your followers list or your following list.
  • Follow requests appear in Activity, where you can approve or ignore them.
  • If someone was already following before you set your posts to private and you don't want them to see your posts, you can block them.
  • People can send a photo or video directly to you even if they’re not following you.
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If you're logged out of your account and can't remember your password, you can request to reset it.

If you know your current password, you can change it:

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top right
  3. Scroll down and tap Change Password
  4. Enter your old password and then your new password
  5. Tap Done or in the top right

Tip: To create a strong password, use a combination of at least six numbers, letters and punctuation marks (like ! and %).

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