Creating an Account & Username

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Download the Instagram app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Once the app is installed, tap to open it.
  3. Tap Sign Up With Email or Phone Number (Android) or Create New Account (iPhone), then enter your email address or phone number (which will require a confirmation code) and tap Next. You can also tap Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  4. If you register with your email or phone number, create a username and password, fill out your profile info and then tap Next. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Go to instagram.com.
  2. Click Sign up, enter your email address, create a username and password or click Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  3. If you register with an email, click Sign up. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Go to instagram.com.
  2. Tap Sign up, enter your email address, create a username and password or tap Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  3. If you register with an email, tap Sign up. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.

If you sign up with email, make sure you enter your email address correctly and choose an email address that only you can access. If you log out and forget your password, you'll need to be able to access your email to get back into your Instagram account.

Note that if you created your account recently, people on Instagram may see that you have a new account.

Learn more about keeping your account secure.

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You may need to log into your account before you're able to update your profile information.

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

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile.
  3. Type in your information and tap Done (iPhone), (Android) or Submit (computer and mobile browser).

Keep in mind, if your account reaches a lot of people, your username change may need to be reviewed. If so, you'll be notified when we've completed a review. If not, your username will change immediately if available. Your followers may be notified of your username change.

Some profile information isn't visible to anyone but you. This includes your email address, phone number and gender.

Learn what you can do if you forgot your password or can't log in to your account. If you think your account has been hacked, learn more about what you should do.

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If a username you want is being used by an account that seems inactive, you can choose an available version of the username. You can add periods, numbers, underscores or abbreviations to help you come up with a username that's not already in use.

To change your username, you can edit your profile.

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We encourage people to 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.
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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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Most likely, someone tried to sign up for an Instagram account using your email address by mistake. To remove your email from the account, click let us know at the bottom of the Welcome to Instagram email to let us know this wasn't you.

You should then be able to use this email address to sign up for an Instagram account or add it to your existing account.

If you're having issues logging in, learn what to do if you can't login to your account. If you're still having issues with your email or phone number, let us know.

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If you signed up for Instagram with your email address or phone number but you can't remember your password, you can reset your password and log into your account.

If you've typed your email address or phone number correctly and see a message that an account with your email address or phone number already exists, let us know.

Keep in mind that an email address can only be associated with one Instagram account.

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