Instagram is checked? How to get that coveted blue check mark

Instagram now allows users to apply for the control on the app.


Social media users looking to become the envy of their friends can enjoy Instagram last update: the possibility to apply for verification.

Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched the popular photo-sharing app — which has since been acquired by Facebook in 2010. For years, followers fought for their personal brands, in the hope to have enough influence for that coveted blue check mark. Now they can take matters into your own hands.

On Tuesday, Instagram is an option that allows users to apply for a badge, instead of waiting for the site to deem they are worth. However, the social media site is not a list of all the criteria it will consider when viewing a user application.


“A verified badge is a control that appears next to an Instagram account name in search results and on the profile. It means that Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity or global brand represents,” Instagram explained in a post online.

Here are three simple steps you can take to apply.

Login, go to your profile and then tap

As soon as you log on to your Instagram account, go to your profile and click on the three lined bar in the top right corner.

Go to Settings > Request Authentication

Once you click on the bar, you will see an option to click on Settings, located at the bottom of your screen. After clicking on Settings, scroll down to the Request to authenticate.

Please enter your full name and submit a form of ID

Instagram users simply have to fill out their full name and attach a passport photo to apply for verification.


Your Instagram username should automatically be filled in, unless you are logged in with a different account. Users who wish to be controlled need to have their full name and then attach a photo of a government issued id such as a driver’s license, passport.

As soon as you attach the photo, you simply need to press send.

“The filing of a request for verification is no guarantee that your account will be verified,” however, Instagram comments on the page.

Users will be notified via Instagram if their application is accepted or rejected.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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