Social media has become one of the most efficient means by which people can voice opinions, deliver news, hold discussions in many domains, showcase artistic talents in numerous fields, promote businesses and whatnot.
But, for one to be truly recognised for their content, Instagram provides a way by which the public can better identify and connect to personalities of their interest. This ensures that the content published is coming from the official channel of a personality or organisation.
A Verified badge is the blue icon with a tick mark that is displayed right next to the profile name.
Having a verified profile on Instagram gives the assurance to your followers that you are indeed the authorised administrator of the page which helps distinguish your account from the many other duplicate pages that may exist.
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How to verify your Instagram account?
To verify your Instagram account, follow the steps mentioned below. If you’re confused whether you should switch to a business or creator account before applying for Instagram verification, check out our comparison here.
- Go to your profile on the Instagram app and click on the hamburger menu icon on the top-right of the display.
- From the drop-down menu, tap on Settings.
- On the next page, tap on Account and then on Request verification.
- On the next page, you’ll find a form where you’ll need to mention your full name, alias and select your page’s category from the options in the drop-down list.
- Next, you’ll need to attach a photo of a government-issued photo ID, which should include your name and date of birth. If you’re verifying your business, it should include official business documents such as tax filing or article of incorporation, among others.
- Once you’ve uploaded the document, ascertain that all the information is correct and tap on Send.
Submitting this request doesn’t guarantee verification of your Instagram page. Instagram will get back to you after they verify your account. If they deny verifying your account, then you can request for verification again after 30 days.
To be verified on Instagram you have to make sure the page you are verifying is of public interest and influences them highly. To improve your chances of being eligible for the verification process you can:
Upload notable content
Instagram will check whether the operator of the page is an impersonator. For this, they review the posts you upload. So upload posts that make it evident that it is you. Don’t post generic content to be able to distinguish your account from the other fake ones out there.
Build your following
Try to increase your popularity on Instagram by using popular hashtags. You can check out our guide about the best ways to increase your reach and following on Instagram for to learn about it in details Research shows that during that time it is more probable for your posts to be noticed by the public.
Do not try to buy followers for your page as there is a good chance that Instagram will notice it and not let you get verified. It’s also a good idea to get rid of any spam comments on your posts.