How to change your profile picture on Instagram

How to change your profile picture on Instagram

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Social networks are so crowded that it's hard to stand out. Instagram alone has more than a billion monthly active users and 500 million daily active users. This makes it even harder to get noticed on the app. However, there are several ways to cut through the noise.

In addition to publishing interesting, high-quality content, you can focus on your bio to make it worth people's attention. A quick way to achieve this is to upload a good profile picture. From this article, you'll learn how to upload a profile picture on Instagram - whether you're a new user or facing a change.

How to change your profile picture on Instagram on a cell phone

Whether you use Instagram on an iPhone or an Android device, the steps you need to follow to change your profile picture are identical.

Here's what you need to do on your phone:

  1. Open the Instagram app and tap your Profile icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Now tap Edit profile At the top of the screen.
  3. Get Change your profile picture.
  4. At this point you can either touch Take a picture take a selfie or Select from the library. If you choose the latter, Instagram will take you to your phone's library, where you will have to select the appropriate image. (Learn more about selecting a profile picture on Instagram below).
  5. Finally, tap Done In the upper right corner. Instagram will now start displaying your new photo.

That's all it takes. This is one of the things that new Instagram users should do first to complete their profiles. Having said that, you can also use this if you've been on Instagram for a while, in case you need to change something. And if you want to try something different, you can use an avatar as your profile picture on Instagram instead of the age-old selfie.

A unique avatar is a surefire way to make your profile on Instagram stand out and instantly grab people's attention, since most people use their real profile pictures. After creating an avatar, follow the steps above and tap Use an avatar to set it as your profile picture.

How to change your profile picture on Instagram online

Screenshot of the profile editing page on Instagram

Changing your profile on Instagram online is a little different, but just as easy. Here's what to do:

  1. Log in to your Instagram account on your browser.
  2. Click your Profile photo In the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Now click Profiletraced by Edit profile.
  4. Click Change your profile picture at the top of the screen, and then Upload a photo In the pop-up menu.
  5. This will bring up the file explorer on your computer. Use it to find the photo you like, then click open In the lower right corner of the window.

All set to go! Now you know how to upload a profile picture to your account on Instagram, regardless of your device. Repeat this process every time you want to change your profile photo on Instagram.

Tips for choosing a good profile picture on Instagram

Woman using phone in cafe

As we mentioned earlier, your profile photo is one of the elements that can help make your profile on Instagram - or any social media platform, for that matter - stand out. That's why you should be conscious and smart about the photo you upload.

First of all, consider your niche. If it's not about pets, nature or something else entirely, upload a photo of yourself. This also helps other Instagram users connect with you and know who is behind the account they are engaging with.

Since your profile on Instagram is displayed as a small icon in your profile, uploading a full-body photo would not make sense. You can reserve this for your grid on Instagram. In fact, you can pin your top three photos to your profile on Instagram.

Instead, take a clear photo of yourself from the neck up. Choose a photo where you are smiling and look warm and welcoming. If you don't use your Instagram profile for business or professional purposes, try not to choose a photo where you look serious or unapproachable - leave it as your profile picture on LinkedIn.

Lady takes a selfie on her smartphone

Finally, avoid uploading a profile photo that is heavily edited or has a filter unless it is in keeping with your profile theme. For example, if your profile has a black and white aesthetic, it would make sense to upload a black and white profile photo. Otherwise, keep it bright and clear.

Stand out with the perfect profile picture on Instagram

Every day, millions of profiles compete for people's attention on Instagram. Your profile photo is often the first thing people notice when scrolling through your feed or when they hit your profile. You only have a few seconds to grab their attention and keep their attention, so make it count by using a clean, clear profile photo.

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