Instagram finally quenches the thirst of its thirsty, thirsty, unconfirmed users.
The company has just introduced a trio of new features designed to make Instagram a generally safer and more authentic place to hang out. Party 2FA – make it possible!) And for the first time the platform now offers users an easy way to request verification.
Blue check marks are pretty rare on Instagram, even by fairly big brands and public figures. Being verified on the platform has been legendary for a long time – nobody knows what happens behind the scenes, but knowing that a guy does not hurt. It is noteworthy that there is even a super sketchy black market where people charge thousands of dollars to connect you to verified status (or more likely to simply rip you off). The whole thing has always been somewhat mysterious, with small blue checks that were quietly scattered in no identifiable pattern.
It looks like these days are over. While it's still too early to say if Instagram will give users more verified badges, they've at least made the process more transparent. Now every user can be verified with a few steps. One more note: In our review, the option to request verification is now available in iOS but has not yet appeared in the updated Android app.
If you're curious if you could qualify for it, here's Instagram framing the new verification system in its latest announcement:
… The blue-verified badge is an important way for you to know that account that you interact with, which is the authentic presence of a known personality, celebrity and global brand or entity . Today, we are opening a new path for accounts that reach a large audience and meet our criteria to request verification through a form in the Instagram app.
Does that sound like you? You must do the following:
In your profile, navigate to menu Settings and then search for " Request Verification . " 2) Show your things
Indicate the relevant documents. Instagram accepts passports issued by the government (driver's license, passport or other national ID). Instead, you can submit official documents such as a utility bill, tax return or statute. These documents are not public in your profile.
If your official documentation does not match your official name, you may not be lucky. We have asked Instagram to clarify whether these documents must be exactly the same as your account information or if you need them for reference only.
3) Wait and wonder
request. Instagram says that you receive a notification informing you if you have been approved or declined. So take care. If you are rejected, you can re-apply after 30 days.
Tips and Requirements
What? Does that mean something? Instagram defines an authentic account as one representing "[s] a real person, a registered business, or an entity."
When Instagram requires an account, " is unique " What it really is This means that it intends to approve only one account per company or individual, except in cases of "language-specific accounts". Instagram reminds users that "[doesn’t] verify accounts with general interests (example: @puppymemes)."
Make sure your account is complete it must be public, with a profile picture, bio, and at least one post. Importantly, Instagram dictates that your account can not include "Add links to other social media services," so trim them.
The last criteria is the hardest. Instagram requires that your account "[Youmaythinkyouraccountis[100 emoji] but if you are not a "well known, highly sought person, brand, or entity," you probably have not won the cut. "Instagram further explains, that it checks accounts that are "in multiple news sources" and does not include paid content.The Instagram process is now much more transparent, but there is still some room for interpretation.
Also, consider the new request form, Historically, it's kind of unpredictable, and there are many people who look like a breeze to a verified account sometimes no verified status, while others with a far less extensive public profile do so. Also here at TC some of us (like @panzer with his eager sneaker content) have a little blue check, others not. We do not know if there is more rhyme or reason for review now, but at least the process is public and accessible to everyone.