How to Get Verified on Instagram in 2019

How to Get Verified on Instagram in 2019


Hey guys, it’s Alex Tooby here from alextooby.com
and welcome back to my YouTube channel. Today I’m going to teach you how to get verified
on Instagram. So I’m sure you’ve heard of verification before
and you’ve seen accounts with that blue check next to their name and maybe you’ve wondered
one what the heck it is, how they got it, and how you can get one too. So I’m going to discuss all of those things
today and I’m going to give you a step by step on how to get verified on Instagram and
not just show you how to apply for it, but the actual qualifications that Instagram’s
looking for and how you can make sure that you’re meeting them. So first of all, what is verification? Well, this feature is generally reserved for
public figures, celebrities, well known brands or brands that have the possibility of being
impersonated. Instagram gives them out to basically say
that this is the official account of this company or person. But verification carries so much more authority
than that. When someone sees that you have a blue check
next to your name, they automatically think that you have some sort of credibility that
you’re well known and obviously if you have a business or a brand, this is great for that. Now I was fortunate enough to have two of
my Instagram accounts be verified in the last year. So I’m super excited about that. And now of course I want to teach you guys
how exactly I got verified and how you can get verified too. All right, so the first thing that you have
to do is apply for verification through the Instagram mobile app. Okay, so this is a feature that is newly released
in the last year. They didn’t actually allow you to request
verification in the past. They would simply just give it to the person
that they thought deserved it. But now we actually play a role in this and
we can request to be verified. So to do that, go ahead and open up your Instagram
profile. Then you’re going to tap the three line icon
on the top right, also known as the hamburger icon. And then you are going to hit the settings
button at the bottom of the screen. From there you’re going to scroll down until
you see request verification. And go ahead and tap that. On this page you’re going to read a little
bit of information about verification and then you’re going to have to fill out a couple
of questions. So the first question is what is your username? It’s already plugged in there, but you want
to put in Instagram username that you want to be verified. Then you’re going to put in your full name. This should be your full name that would appear
on a government piece of ID. Okay? Cause you’re going to have to actually send
that to them as well. So you want to make sure that it matches. Then there’s a section to put what you’re
known as. So if you have a brand name or a company name,
you can put that there or you can just input your full name again. Then you’re going to want to choose a category. So pick the category that aligns the most
with your brand. Okay. And then lastly, you’re going to have to attach
a picture of your photo ID, so this is going to be your driver’s license, a passport, a
nationality card, basically anything that is distributed to you by the government. Okay, so you want to make sure you take a
really clear photo of that so that they can read your name and see your picture. So at that point you just have to press send
and then you’ve completed the easiest step of applying for verification. Now thing is is that there’s so much more
that goes into your verification being approved than simply applying for it. Instagram has a very strict set of rules that
they look for when someone applies and if you don’t meet that criteria then you will
be denied. If you get denied, you will receive a notification
in your Instagram notification tab that says that you didn’t meet the criteria and that
you’ve been denied and you can reapply every 30 days. If you are approved, then you will receive
a notification in your notification tab as well that says the opposite that you’ve been
approved and now you have a check Mark on your account. The first thing that Instagram looks for is
authenticity in your account. Okay? They want your account to be a real person,
a real business or an entity. Generally they won’t approve of generic accounts
like say a fan account for a celebrity. So you want to make sure that the account
that you’re trying to get verified is authentic. The next thing is unique. Instagram wants to make sure that the content
that you’re uploading is your own content and you own the rights to it. Generally they don’t verify, um, reposting
accounts or feature accounts. But my @menandcoffee account did get approved. But I believe that’s because I aced all of
the other qualifications on this list. So you do want to make sure that you are meeting
all of this criteria as best as you can. However, it does seem like they let a few
accounts slip through the cracks. So maybe you’ll be lucky like I was. The next thing is public and complete. So your account must be a public account to
be verified on Instagram. If you have a private account, you will not
be approved. Okay? And to be complete, you have to have a filled
out bio including a profile picture and a few posts on your account. Okay? You need to have everything filled out in
the edit your profile section. So the last thing is notable. Your account needs to be notable and by that
they mean that you or your company or your business entity must be written about in well
known publications, either in print or on the internet. And I think internet is probably weighing
higher here because it’s unlikely someone’s going to be searching through magazines for
your name. So for me, I was featured on television. I was in Cosmo, I was on time, I was on business
insider. So if you search my name plenty of online
publications, news articles come up about me and that’s what I think really helped me
get approved. Okay. If you’ve never been talked about online,
then they don’t see you as notable enough unfortunately. So if that’s the one criteria that you’re
missing, I would work on that. Now keep in mind that they do state that any
sort of paid promotions. So if you pay a company to write about you
and they can somehow tell that, then that will not be valid. And any online promotional stuff you do. So say you pay for an ad of yours to be on
business insider.com that won’t count either. So you need real organic news articles written
about you or your brand. So again, I think this is probably going to
be the one feature that stumbles a lot of people, but if you really want to be verified
on Instagram, then you got to do something that’s going to get people talking about you
and get you into the news. Okay. If this is your stumbling block, then I have
a tip for you. When I was trying to grow @menandcoffee, I
would actually search for articles that were written about Instagram accounts. And when I found out who wrote that article,
I would find them on Twitter, send them a tweet and say, Hey, I saw that you wrote an
article about this account. Maybe you would be interested in writing one
about mine, and it worked for me. So go ahead and give that a try and maybe
you’ll have your first news article published and that’s what’s going to help you get verified
on Instagram. So again, you need to meet this criteria and
you need to be applying via the mobile app. K you got to do it all and you got to do it
regularly. If you get denied, you can do it again, but
you have to wait 30 days. Okay? So if you get denied, don’t fret, just try
again. But make sure that you are working towards
building up those criteria that they want because that’s what’s going to give you the
best option of actually getting verified on Instagram. I hope you enjoyed this video and that you
learned something new today. Please go ahead and click the videos on either
side of me right now to watch something else that I’ve created or go over to my website,
alextooby.com and check out what I have to offer there. There’s tons of free downloads, free courses,
paid programs, and just unlimited amounts of Instagram tips and tricks. So thanks again for watching and I’ll see
you next time. Bye.

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