Editing Your Profile

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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To add or change your profile picture:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile.
  3. Tap Change Profile Photo.
  4. Select where you'd like to import your picture from.
  5. Tap Done (iPhone) or (Android).
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile.
  3. Tap Change Profile Photo.
  4. Select where you'd like to import your picture from.
  5. Tap Submit.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-user-profileProfile.
  2. Click Edit Profile.
  3. Click Change Profile Photo.
  4. Select where you'd like to import your picture from.
  5. Click Submit.

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

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Keep in mind that business profiles aren't able to make their accounts private. If you want to make your business account private, first switch back to a personal account.

By default, anyone can see your profile and posts on Instagram. You can make your account private so that only followers you approve can see what you share. If your account is set to private, only your approved followers will see your photos or videos on hashtag or location pages.

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Privacy, then tap Account Privacy.
  4. Tap next to Private Account to make your account private.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-settingsSettings.
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. Below Account Privacy, click to check the box next to Private Account.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap instagram-settingsSettings in the top left.
  3. Tap Privacy and Security.
  4. Below Account Privacy, tap to check the box next to Private Account.

Things to keep in mind about private accounts

  • 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 account 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 you 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:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile at the top of the screen, then tap Bio.
  3. Write your bio and add the URL to your website.
  4. Tap Done (iPhone) or (Android).
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile at the top of the screen, then tap Bio.
  3. Write your bio and add the URL to your website.
  4. Tap Submit.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-user-profileProfile.
  2. Click Edit Profile at the top of the screen, then click Bio.
  3. Write your bio and add the URL to your website.
  4. Click Submit.
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If you're logged out of your account and can't remember your password, you can request to reset it from the login screen.

If you're able to log into your account and know your current password, you can change it from your Settings:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Password.
  4. Enter your current password and then enter your new password.
  5. Tap Save or in the top right.

Tip: To create a strong password, use a combination of at least 6 numbers, letters and punctuation marks (like ! and %).

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To get to your account settings:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-settingsSettings.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap instagram-settingsSettings in the top left.

From there, you can:

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Two-factor authentication is a security feature. If you set up two-factor authentication, you'll be asked to enter a special login code or confirm your login attempt each time someone tries accessing Instagram from a device we don't recognize.

There are several two-factor authentication methods you can use with your Instagram account. To get started with two-factor authentication, choose either:

You'll need to have at least one of these set up in order to use two-factor authentication.

Note: After you've turned on two-factor authentication, you'll be able to access recovery codes for your account if you have issues receiving a code. Learn more about recovery codes.

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If you've turned on two-factor authentication and a code can't be sent due to connectivity or delivery issues, you'll still be able to complete the process with a recovery code.

To get a list of recovery codes for your account:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Recovery Codes.

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

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Recovery Codes, then tap Get New Codes.

Keep in mind that you must be logged in to your Instagram account to access the list of recovery 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 app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Log Out [username].
  4. Tap Not Now or Remember if you want Instagram to remember your login info.
  5. Tap Log Out.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Click Log Out.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap instagram-settingsSettings in the top left.
  3. Scroll to the bottom 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:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Clear Search History (iPhone) or Search History (Android).
  4. Tap Clear All, then tap Clear All to confirm.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-settingsSettings.
  2. Click Privacy and Security, then click View Account Data.
  3. Below Search history, click View all.
  4. Click Clear Search History, then click Yes, I'm sure.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap instagram-settingsSettings in the top left.
  3. Tap Privacy and Security, then tap View Account Data.
  4. Below Search history, tap View all.
  5. Tap Clear Search History, then tap Yes, I'm sure.

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.

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You can customize your nametag using the Instagram app for Android and iPhone, but not from a web browser.

To customize your nametag in the Instagram app for Android and iPhone:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap , then tap QR Code.
  3. To customize it, touch anywhere on the screen or tap the button at the top to try other designs.
  4. Use Color to switch between different colors, Emoji to choose an emoji design or Selfie to take a photo and try on different selfie stickers.

Learn how to scan a nametag.

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To scan a nametag using the Instagram app camera:

  1. Open the Instagram app and tap in the top left.
  2. Make sure the nametag you are trying to scan is visible in front of you.
  3. Hover the camera over the nametag. Hold and press on the camera screen until the nametag is captured.

To scan a nametag from your profile:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap , then tap QR Code.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Scan QR code.
  4. Hover the camera over the nametag until the nametag is captured.
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