Instagram verification, just like is in every other social media platform today, is a show of the authentic presence of a notable account. Even though Instagram looks picky in how they hand their blue badges, anyone can apply to receive verification.
To get the coveted blue badge on the platform, which boasts over 1 billion accounts, you first must meet these four conditions to be eligible.
- Authenticity: Your account should show that it represents a real person, registered business, or entity.
- Unique: Your account needs to prove it represents a unique presence of the person or business behind it.
- Complete Profile: Your account must be public and have a bio, profile photo and be active when the application for verification is processed.
- Notable: Your account must represent a well-known, highly searched-for person, brand, or entity.
Once you feel your account has achieved all of the above checked, they can now proceed to apply for verification. This is done either through the Instagram app on both iOS and Android or the Instagram Lite app available for Android devices.
- Make sure you’re logged in to the account you’re requesting a verified badge for.
- In the top right corner of your profile, find the settings button and click on it.
- In settings, tap Account, then go for Request Verification.
- Enter your full name and provide the required form of identification (example: government-issued photo ID).
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
After the application is submitted, Instagram will respond through the activity section for a user to know if they were successful. This response arrives within a period of up to 30 days since application.
Note that you can apply for verification again if you are unsuccessful after your first request. Instagram says they will cancel your application if you apply multiple times before receiving a decision.