Getting Verified on Instagram
Getting verified on Instagram and Facebook is hard. It seems like a relatively simple process on paper, but it’s actually not. Some celebrities and public figures have tried to get their accounts verified and failed time after time!
But there are ways to make your account look more credible so that you’ll be able to get your verification request approved by the powers that be at Instagram or Facebook.
How to Get Verified on Instagram for Free
We’re going to go over how you can do it step by step and not leave anything out. In order for your account to be considered verified a couple of years ago, you needed to have 100K followers or more. This was also the case if you were a public figure like Kim Kardashian or Beyonce and want your account verified in order for people to find it easier.
Today, while it helps to have hundreds to millions of followers on Instagram, they’re not very strict about your number of followers anymore. If you’re a celebrity or a public figure, it is recommended to have at least 5k followers before attempting to get verified.
Before we go through the steps of getting verified for free, let’s take a moment to look at why it’s difficult to get verified on Instagram.
Why Is It so Hard to Get Verified on Instagram?
There are lots of public figures who have tried and failed to get verified on Instagram. Why is it so hard? Instagram has a strict policy when it comes to verifying accounts, which can be tough for anyone that’s not famous.
Instagram states the following requirements before you can request a verified badge:
We look at a number of factors when evaluating Instagram accounts to determine if they’re in the public interest and meet our verification criteria.
- Authentic: Your account must represent a real person, registered business, or entity.
- Unique: Your account must be the unique presence of the person or business it represents. Only one account per person or business may be verified, with exceptions for language-specific accounts. We don’t verify general interest accounts (example: @puppymemes).
- Complete: Your account must be public and have a bio, profile photo, and at least one post. Your profile can’t contain “add me” links to other social media services.
- Notable: Your account must represent a well-known, highly searched-for person, brand, or entity. We review accounts that are featured in multiple news sources, and we don’t consider paid or promotional content as sources for review.
Keep in mind that if you provide false or misleading information during the verification process, we will remove your verified badge and may take additional action to delete your account.
Can You Get Verified on Instagram without Being Famous?
Famous individuals have an easier time getting verified on Instagram than people who are less known. That’s because famous people tend to have a good presence on Google. For a regular person to get verified, you’ll need to have a significant amount of press on high authority websites. 5 – 10 articles about you is a great start, but the more you have the easier it’s going to be to get verified on Instagram.
Having a wiki page also helps a great deal, but it’s not a must.
There are a few media agencies that offer such PR services to public figures as well as to lesser-known individuals. We’ll discuss these options at the end of this article.
How to Apply to Get Verified on Instagram in 4 Steps
This part is pretty straightforward as explained by Instagram, although it’s not a guarantee:
- Go to your profile and tap
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Account, then tap Request Verification.
- After you’ve filled out the form, tap Send we will review your request.
Remember to submit an image of your ID issued by your government. Valid IDs include a driver’s license, a passport, a national ID, or even official business documents.
Can You Change Instagram Username After Getting Verified?
You can change your username once your Instagram account has been verified, but you will subsequently lose the verification badge. It is important to take the time to decide on a username that you’re comfortable using long-term before applying for verification.
Normally, a simple username won’t bother you a few years down the line.
Using PR Agencies To Get Verified on Instagram
PR agencies do a lot of things for their clients. Among those, they can also help a regular person get verified on Instagram by ‘creating’ the necessary press and presence required to get verified on Instagram. There are only a few good ones available and they’re also not cheap.
Many public figures that haven’t been able to get their Instagram or Facebook verified by themselves will usually source the services of PR agencies. It is usually cheaper for them than it is for regular people because they already meet the requirements for verification.
For a regular person, the PR agencies will publish 5 – 10 articles about you on well-known authority websites before submitting a verification appeal for you. They, for some reason, have better success rates.
The PR agency that we’ve been using for our clients asked us not to be mentioned in this article so as not to jeopardize their business. If you’ll need their services you’ll have to write me on Skype to make your request.
They do not ask clients to pay in advance, but you may be required to use Escrow so that the funds can only be released to them once your Instagram has been verified and you’re satisfied.
The whole process usually takes 5-10 days.
If this service suits you hit the button below to text me on Skype and I’ll connect you to the agency after we’ve had a short discussion to verify your authenticity.
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Again, the number of followers does not matter but it helps when you have more than 5K followers.
Also, remember that you’ll lose your badge when you change the username after verification. The same agency offers a different service for re-verification.