Ever dreamed about getting that blue badge next to your Instagram handle to give you a sense of satisfaction or to separate yourself from impersonators?

Well, I’m going to dive a little bit more 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 handed out 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

  1. Click the menu icon on the top right corner on your profile page.
  2. Click the settings button
  3. Click on “Account”
  4. You will then see the option to request verification
  5. Fill out the required forms

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.

Seems simple right?

Well, filling out the form is but getting approved isn’t if you don’t meet the criteria’s so, I’ll tell you a few things you can do to get around.

Buy Verification Submissions

You’re probably asking “What does he 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 for a certain fee and they do this through verified hacked accounts so you fall for it.

These are the people you should be avoiding, they most likely bought or hacked the verified account so they can leverage it by looking legit 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 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 to get verified through this panel is still very slim. Instagram still vets applications through media panels and a way to possibly get it to work is if you act as a journalist for the company.

But here’s the thing finding someone who has access to a media panel, they will charge you thousands of dollars to submit a form through the panel for you with no guarantee on a successful request and when things go bad, they might end up running away with your money.

So it’s your choice to figure out whether it is worth paying for and just be cautious when doing a deal, it’s challenging to find someone who truly has access to this panel and is selling submission services.

Another reason how 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 most likely cost you a few thousand dollars to do as well.

Sometimes things can go bad when doing this, accounts can end up getting banned within days or weeks. A buddy of mine had recently badged a meme account and within a few weeks, it was disabled.

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 rep, know the risks of potentially getting disabled permanently or getting scammed for thousands of dollars.