Creating an Account & Username

Instagram is a mobile app that you can download on iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as Windows Phone 8 and later. You must create your account using the Instagram mobile app, not a computer. After you've downloaded the app and created an account, you can then view your Instagram posts from a computer.

To start using Instagram:

  1. Download the Instagram app for iOS from the App Store, Android from Google Play Store or Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Store.
  2. Once the app is installed, tap to open it.
  3. Enter your email address and tap Next or tap Log In with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  4. If you register with email, create a username and password, fill out your profile info and then tap Done. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.

Learn how to take a photo, record video and explore Instagram.

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

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap Edit Your Profile
  3. Type in your new name, username, website or bio or edit your private information then tap Done (iPhone), Save (Android) or the check mark (Windows Phone)

You can also update your information from your web profile.

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

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If a username you want is being used by an account that seems inactive, you should consider choosing an available version of the username for your use on Instagram. We suggest adding periods, numbers, underscores, or abbreviations to help you come up with a great available username.

If the username you want isn't currently associated with any account, it's available for registration. If you'd like to change the current username on your account, you can edit your profile.

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We encourage people to actively log in and use Instagram once they create an account. To keep your account active, be sure to log in and share photos, as well as like and comment on photos. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity, so please use your account once you sign up!
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Trademark violations may involve using a company or business name, logo or other trademark-protected materials in a manner that may mislead or confuse others with regard to its brand or business affiliation.

What is not a violation?

Using another's trademark in a way that has nothing to do with the product or service for which the trademark was granted is not a violation of Instagram's trademark policy. Note that Instagram usernames are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved.

How do I report a trademark violation?

Learn more about other types of trademark violations or submit a report of a username violating your trademark.
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