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Instagram just made it really easy to get your account verified

If you’re after a blue tick for your Instagram account, then the whole process just got a lot simpler.

The Facebook-owned company has made it possible for users to request verification rather than just have it assigned to them when Instagram deems them worthy.

Sadly, you’ll still need to have a decent number of followers to make it through the selection process.

The way to apply is to go to your profile in the app, tap on the settings menu and the click ‘request verification’.

Time to up your Instagram game? (Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images)

You’ll have to give over your account name, full name, and legal or business ID and then wait for Instagram to get back to you.

The esteemed blue tick has always been pretty rare on Instagram, but the selfie-sharing service appears to be ramping up the amount it hands out.

‘The blue verified badge is an important way for you to know that the account you are interacting with is the authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, global brand or entity,’ Mike Krieger, the co-founder and CTO said in a statement.


‘Today we are enabling a new way for accounts that reach large audiences and meet our criteria to request verification through a form within the Instagram app.’

The new change is part of a shake-up from Instagram that also includes the introduction of two-factor authentication and an “About This Account” tool that gives users more information about larger accounts with plenty of followers.

Instagram also says it will never actively contact you and ask you about verification, nor will it ever charge you for the privilege.

‘I founded Instagram alongside Kevin nearly eight years ago, and we care deeply about this community and the people who are part of it,’ Krieger wrote.

Instagram is adding some security features to keep out ‘bad actors’ (Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

‘We’ve been focused on the safety of our platform since the very beginning, and today’s updates build upon our existing tools, such as our spam and abusive content filters and the ability to report or block accounts.

‘We know we have more work to do to keep bad actors off Instagram, and we are committed to continuing to build more tools to do just that.’


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