Impersonation Accounts

Instagram takes safety seriously. If someone created an Instagram account pretending to be you, you can report it to us. Make sure to provide all the requested info, including a photo of your government-issued ID.

If you have an Instagram account, you can report it to us from within the app, or by filling out this form. If you don't have an Instagram account, please fill out this form.

We only respond to reports sent to us from the person who's being impersonated or a representative of the person who's being impersonated (example: a parent). If someone you know is being impersonated, please encourage that person to report it.

Note: If you're having trouble uploading a photo of your ID from a mobile phone, please try submitting this form from a computer.

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Only the person who's being impersonated can file a report, but you can:

Keep in mind that if the impostor account is impersonating someone you're authorized to represent (example: your child), you can report the account using this form.

If someone is pretending to be you on Instagram, you can report the account with this form.

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US federal law doesn't allow private parties to obtain account content (example: comments, photos and so on) from providers like Instagram.

Instagram may provide reasonably available basic subscriber information (not content), if any, only where the requested information is indispensable to a case and not within a party’s possession upon personal service of a valid subpoena or court order and after notice to affected account holders.

Your subpoena or Court order must be directed to the entity mentioned in the terms of service that are applicable to your use of the Instagram service (i.e. Facebook Ireland or Facebook, Inc., depending on where you are domiciled domiciled meaning if serving the subpoena on Facebook, Inc., the subpoena must be a valid federal, California or California domesticated subpoena, addressed to and served on Facebook, Inc. If serving Facebook Ireland Limited, the subpoena or court order must be addressed to and served on Facebook Ireland Limited.”)

Those seeking non-content information must specifically identify the account at issue by providing the Instagram username, profile URL and relevant date. We can't identify accounts without this information. Usernames and/or profile URLs may be found in the uniform resource locator available in a browser displaying the account in question. For example, in the URL https://help.instagram.com/abc, “abc” is the username.

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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 to use on Instagram. 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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