Before the summer of 2018, blue tick was a thing that was reserved for public figures, brands and celebrities. However, things changed after August, 2018. Now anyone can send an application to get that blue tick. If you want to get a verified account on Instagram, here is what you need to know and how you can do it.
What Is an Instagram Verified Profile?
An Instagram verified profile means that the profile belongs to the person as stated in the handle and it has been verified by Instagram. A person is required to submit proofs and photos to Instagram to get this done. A government issued ID like a social number (SSN, Aadhar and so on) are required to get a blue tick on Instagram account.
Do I Need to be a Celebrity to Get The Blue Tick?
It helps if you are a celebrity or an influential person. However, this is not mandatory. Anyone can apply for getting verified on Instagram. All you need to ensure is that you are posting original content and not breaking any terms or conditions laid down by Instagram.
How Can I Increase the Chances of Approval?
While it is true that Instagram verification is available to anyone, there is no guarantee of approval. This means that your profile may be approved or rejected on several reasons that Instagram never discloses. However, you can drastically increase your chances of approval if you can prove that you are at the risk of identity theft. This is why Instagram approves public figures, brands and celebrities so easily.
How Can I Apply For The Blue Tick?
- You can get a verified account on Instagram by following these steps:
- Go to your profile in the Instagram app on your phone (android/iOS).
- Tap on the three lines on the top right of the screen. Next, tap on the Settings button at the bottom of the menu.
- A new menu will open with all sorts of settings. Scroll down until you find a menu item called ‘Request verification‘. Tap this menu item. It will open a new screen
- On the new screen, scroll down and you will see the following screen.
- Fill the required info to the best of your understanding and press the SEND button.
As soon you send your profile for Review, Instagram will start working on determining if your profile needs the blue tick. These are all internal checks carried out by Instagram and will not be disclosed to you. If Instagram finds enough reason to verify your profile and give you a blue tick, you will soon be notified about your new verified status.
The process to get a verified account on Instagram is pretty straightforward. However, since the internal operations performed by the app is not known in the public domain, there is no guarantee that your account will be verified.
In case of profile not getting approved, you can work on the shortcomings and re-apply when you are ready. However, make sure that you are not applying for verification very frequently (unless you are a public figure who is being copied).