Edit Your Profile

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 Profile
  3. Type in your new name, username, website, bio 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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You can write a bio of up to 150 characters on your profile. Please keep in mind that anyone can see your bio.

To edit your bio:

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap Edit Profile at the top of the screen
  3. Write your bio and add the URL to your website
  4. Tap Done
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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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To get to your account settings, go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner. From there, you can:

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Two-factor authentication is a security feature. When two-factor authentication is on, every time you log into Instagram from an unknown device you'll be asked to enter an SMS security code or backup code in addition to your username and password.

To turn two-factor authentication on:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Require Security Code to move to the on position
  4. If your account doesn't have a confirmed phone number, you'll be asked to enter a phone number. After entering the phone number, tap Next.
  5. A code will be sent to you. Enter that code and tap Next.

Note: After you've turned on two-factor authentication, you'll be able to access backup codes for your account. If you don't receive an SMS security code during the two-factor authentication login process, you'll still be able to log into your account by using a backup code. Learn more about backup codes.

To turn two-factor authentication off:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Require Security Code to move to the off position
  4. Then tap Turn Off at the bottom of the message that appears

Keep in mind that you must have a confirmed telephone number for your Instagram account to use two-factor authentication. When you enter a telephone number to turn on two-factor authentication it will become the confirmed number for your account.

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When two-factor authentication is on, every time you log into Instagram from an unknown device you'll be asked to enter a backup code or a SMS security code in addition to your username and password.

If an SMS security code can't be sent due to connectivity or SMS delivery issues, you'll still be able to complete the two-step authentication process with a backup code.

To get a list of backup codes for your account:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Get Backup Codes

To cancel your current backup codes and get a new set of codes:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Get Backup Codes
  4. Tap Get New Codes

Keep in mind that you must be logged in to your Instagram account to access the list of backup codes or get a new list. You should copy the codes to your clipboard, take a screenshot of them or save them in some other way so that they're available when you log into Instagram

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You can log out of the Instagram app or Instagram on the web by going to your profile.

Instagram on the Web

  1. Tap or click in the top right
  2. Tap or click to the right of your username then select Log out

iPhone or Android

  1. Go to your profile
  2. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Log Out

If you're having trouble logging in, try these tips.

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Instagram saves searches in Search & Explore to make it easier for you to find your favorite accounts and hashtags again quickly. To clear your search history:

  1. Tap to go to your profile
  2. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) in the top right
  3. Scroll to the bottom then tap Clear Search History

Keep in mind that clearing your search history is temporary, and that searches you clear may reappear in your history after you search for them again.

You can also hide individual accounts, hashtags or places to permanently remove them from your search history and keep them from reappearing:

  1. Tap and then tap the search bar at the top of the screen
  2. Below Top or Recent, tap and hold the search you'd like to hide from your history
  3. Tap Hide
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