Instagram Finally Adds Support for Multiple Accounts

Instagram Finally Adds Support for Multiple Accounts

The day has come; Instagam will finally add support for switching between multiple accounts this week! Yes, you heard that right. After almost five years in the social game, they have come to their senses and added the ability to flip through accounts quickly and easily.

Over the years, I have easily found more than one reason to have multiple accounts aside from my main @the_gris username: one for my son @baby_gris and also one for a local photographers group, @igersindy. This will save me loads of time and easily push me to want to post to those accounts more often. 

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Here's the official word from Instagram:

Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between multiple accounts on Instagram!

Go to your profile settings to add an additional account. From there, tap your username at the top of your profile to switch between accounts. Once you have multiple accounts added, you’ll see your profile photo appear in places throughout the app so you can always tell which one you’re using at the moment.

To see exactly how it works, check out my buddy, Juan's page below as he walks you through the process to change accounts in the app. 

Click the gear icon in the top right corner.

Scroll to the bottom and select "Add Account."

You'll see a list of all your current accounts, with a checkmark indicating the one currently in use.

Click the one you want, and you're off to the races!

To learn more, check out the Instagram Help Center.

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17 Comments

Alex Cooke's picture

FINALLY. This really does make a huge difference in my desire to maintain accounts other than my main one. I can't wait to start using it!

Justin Haugen's picture

about time!

Adam Ottke's picture

Doesn't work for me yet. Is there some kind of timeline this is supposed to roll out by?

Matt Sklar's picture

Not Working for me either. Even after a logout, restart of the phone and a reinstall of the app

Andrew Griswold's picture

I mention in the article that they are releasing it this week. They have been testing it with a few people the last few weeks though.

Ciprian Radut's picture

When this feature will be live?

Rich Kessler's picture

It's been tested on Android for a couple months now, just started iOS testing within the last couple of weeks. I would expect it to be rolled out for everyone by the end of the month, depending on if your OS version is currently supported.

Ciprian Radut's picture

Thanks, i forgot to mention i am on Android :) but i looking forward for this, this will be a really nice feature to have.

Got this feature long time ago with Jailbreaking the iPhone, everytime I tap on instagram, i get this menu:

Sean Molin's picture

Instagram's native switching is even more convenient than that, now. You can switch on the fly in-app, and it saves your hashtag memory for each account.

Haven't tried the instagrams native switching, just saying that, this function exist for long time in the Jailbreak Area :-)

Anonymous's picture

I have been on Instagram less than five weeks and have already experienced a dilemma in whether to follow, comment, or even like photos that interest me but are not necessarily related to photography, soccer for instance. How much, if any, of one's personal interests is appropriate or even relevant? I have seen the whole spectrum in the short time I've had an account. With this news I may consider opening one for just personal images and interests.

I dream of a world in which, one day, there can be an article on Fstoppers about Instagram that isn't a huge promotion for Andrew Griswold's IG account :)

Just kidding. Account switching is amazing and overdue. As with virtually every feature change on the platform, it'll take time to roll out, so be patient people.

Jason Brietstein's picture

I got it and it's glorious.

Sean Molin's picture

There's a maximum of 5 switchable accounts in case anyone was curious.

Michael Anthony's picture

I'm happy about the change it has already saved me at least 5 minutes of my life switching accounts. The only problem is that when you switch it doesn't stay connected to your facebook page!

joshhumble's picture

THRILLED to see this, Andrew, and thanks for making us aware of it! I've got some things I can do with this.