A 2023 Guide to Getting Verified on Instagram

Have you ever dreamed of getting your instagram handle verified?

We’re going to dive  deeper compared to other guides on how verifications are handed out and what you can do to get approved for a blue badge.

How to Get Verified on Instagram

First off, let’s talk about what a verified Instagram account is.

A verified account is basically a blue checkmark next to your handle that is offered by Instagram to those who have an “authentic presence of a notable public figure, celebrity, or global brand.”

Here is what determines eligibility for a badge:

  • Authenticity. You have to be who you say you are whether it is, a real person, registered business, or brand.
  • Unique. Only one account per person or business can get Instagram verified, with exceptions for language-specific accounts.
  • Public. While some brands have experimented with private Instagram accounts, these accounts do not qualify for verification.
  • Complete. You must have a complete bio, profile photo, and at least one post.
  • Notable. Instagram stresses that verified accounts must “represent a well-known, highly searched for person, brand, or entity.”

How to Apply for Instagram Verification

Do you believe you meet the qualifications listed above?

Well let’s find out.

You can try and apply for Instagram verification doing these simple steps:

Step 1: Request for Verification

Click the menu icon on the top right corner on your profile page.


Click the settings button

Click on “Account”

You will then see the option to request verification

Make sure you enter your information correctly as it will be used to verify your identity in order to badge your account.

That’s it, you’re done.. It typically takes around 24-48 hours to receive a response, Sometimes it can even take a few minutes.

Seems simple right?

Well, filling out the form is, but getting approved isn’t if you don’t meet the criteria so, we’ll give you a few hacks!

Buy Verification Submissions

You’re probably asking “what do they mean?”

This may or may not have happened to you before, but there are people who reach out to people via messages on Instagram asking if you’d like to get verified.

These are the people you should be avoiding, they most likely bought the account on a social media forum or hacked the verified account so they can leverage it by looking more authentic when scamming.

There are legitimate people out there (mostly involved in the influencer/social community) that actually have the ability to badge your account and the reason why they’re capable of doing is because they have access to certain panels such as Facebook’s Media Panel.

Facebook’s media panel basically offers various solutions for media companies such as verification requests, username requests, and more..

The chances of getting verified through this panel are very slim.

But, here’s the thing… Finding someone who has access to a media panel is tough and if you can even find someone, they will charge you thousands of dollars to submit a form through the panel with no guarantee of success. 

It’s difficult to find someone who truly has access to these types of panels and is willing to submit a verification request in exchange for cash.

Another reason why people are able to verify accounts without needing any ‘press’ or any other qualifications is because they have connections with Instagram employees who take a cut of the sale in order to badge someones account. This is rare to find and will also likely cost you a few thousand dollars to do as well.

At the end of the day, the best thing to do is naturally acquire the badge.

Start by building your presence and do some outreach to get articles published about you. If you’re planning on going through someone to buy the badge through a panel or rep, just be aware of the risks.