How Do I Get Started with Instagram?

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How Do I Get Started with Instagram?

Download the app

Choose a recognizable username

You can sign up for Instagram with an email address or a personal Facebook account.

Once you sign up, you’ll be asked to pick a username.

Your username will show freely and will be what people see when they find you on Instagram. Aim for it to be recognizable and as close to your persona, or business or organization’s name as possible.

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Write a bio

Instagram lets you fill out a 150-character bio in which you can redact a presentation for yourself and your account. 

Add a recognizable profile picture

Profile picture

The perfect Instagram profile photo will be 400×400 pixels. But what’s most important is that the photo you choose is recognizable for others on the platform.


On Instagram, this is more fun than you may think because while researching the trends and popular content, you get free access to beautiful photos and funny videos for inspiring yourself to come up with some of your own.

Post your first photo

For posting a photo, click the icon on the bottom in the middle of the screen.

You can either take a photo by pressing the circle in the middle of the screen or click “library” on the bottom left to upload a photo of your own.

You can choose from several filters to edit it, and access plenty of other features and options by clicking the Edit option.

Once the photo is ready, hit Next in the top right of the screen. 

Tell people you’re on Instagram

Let your acquaintances know you’re on the platform. Interact. Promote yourself and your page. If you have an email list, you can send out an announcement and ask readers to follow you. And also, if you happen to have a website, make sure you include links to your social media profiles in it, including your Instagram.

Follow others

Like I said, interact. Instagram’s search tool makes it easy to find people and brands with content that might interest you and follow whichever you want. You can search by username, or by the hashtags about the themes you’re interested in for yourself or your business.

Following more people and businesses is a great way to make new connections and can also offer some inspiration for your own Instagram account.

Make yourself visible

Be social. Once all of your accounts are arranged, nothing is stopping you from start building yourself a name and a presence on Instagram. A key factor of constructing an audience is involving with the people who follow you. 

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Like and reply to the comments, answer questions, just be yourself. Tag people and friends on your photos, or the places where the photo was taken in the first place. Making your voice heard and your face seen is the best way to earn yourself a large list of Instagram followers.