Twitter to dump legacy blue tick; how to get verified on Instagram for free
Twitter announced on Friday that it will begin removing legacy verified programmes on April 1 and will only allow paid subscribers and members of approved organisations to have badges. Here we show how one can get blue badge on Instagram profile without paying subscription fee.
While Twitter has decided to discontinue the legacy blue tick mark, making paid subscriptions mandatory for profiles in order to be verified, there are still other social media platforms where one can get verified without paying a subscription fee. Here we present how one can get verified on Instagram for free. (ALSO READ: Bye-bye blue tick for ‘legacy’ Twitter verified users in April: What it means)
What is Instagram verification?
The verified badge on Instagram profiles confirms the authentic presence of the individual, public figure or brand that it represents. The purpose of the blue badge, Meta says, is for people to know that the account has been vetted and confirmed. “It’s (verification) not an endorsement from us, and being verified doesn’t mean that your content is favoured by our systems in terms of where your content shows up.”
What are requirements to get a verified badge on Instagram?
Authentic: Represent a real person, registered business or entity.
Unique: Only one Page or profile per person or business may be verified, with exceptions for language-specific Pages and profiles.
Complete: Have an about section, Page or profile photo and recent activity, including at least one post.
Notable: Represent a well-known, often searched person, brand or entity. Facebook says that they review Pages and profiles that are featured in multiple news sources.
Now if you satisfy all these requirements, you are all good to go.
Step-by-step process to apply for verification on Instagram
Before proceeding, one must note that application for blue badge can only me made through Android app, iPhone app, Instagram Lite app and not through desktop.
Step 1. Check that you're logged in to the account for which you're seeking a verified badge.
Step 2. Tap your profile photo in the bottom right to access your profile.
Step 3. In the upper right, tap More options, then Settings and privacy.
Step 4. Tap Account, followed by Request verification.
Step 5. Enter your complete name and provide the necessary identification
Step 6. Follow the on-screen directions, then press the Submit button.
It should be noted that, similarly to Twitter Blue, Meta's Instagram has begun pushing out paid verification subscriptions for $11.99 per month on the Web and $14.99 per month on iOS platforms. Nonetheless, Mark Zuckerberg has not yet chosen to remove legacy badges, so users can continue to use them until then.