How to Change Your Instagram Profile Photo

A nice and unique profile picture is one of the first things you should have on your Instagram profile if you want to become popular and gain more followers and likes eventually. In this post, I will show you how to change your profile photo on Instagram in simple steps.

When it comes to using profile pictures on social media sites, there is an important balance to preserve between recognition and freshness. Recognition comes from using the same or very similar profile images for a long period of time so that your friends, followers and other people will get accustomed to your profile picture. Since it will be closely associated with you over time, whenever people see your profile image online, they will know it is you. This is not only important for brands, companies and businesses, but also for celebrities, popular social media users and other individuals who prefer to create a consistent image for themselves.

The freshness, on the other hand, comes from changing your profile photo (sometimes your header photo as well) from time to time, to give the impression to your connections and followers that you are an active member of the social world and you and your profile evolve in time, hence they get used to that and establish a feeling of connection that way. Now, this wouldn't be recommended for a major company who is trying to create brand recognition across different social media sites, but for people who use personal accounts for connecting and communicating with family and friends, changing their profile pictures once in a while won't hurt at all.

Instagram is one of the most popular apps that people use for sharing their photos and staying in touch with those who they follow. As the focus of Instagram is on photos, having an eye-catching profile photo is more important on this social media app than the others.

As your profile photo on Instagram, whether it will be the first or to be replaced with an old one, you can use any photos you take with your phone or free photos that you can find online on various resources such as stock photo sites, public domain image sites, vector image sites, wallpaper sites or photo sharing sites. If you are not much into taking photos, those resources will provide you with countless beautiful photos you can use on your profile.

What image format you use does not really matter but a high quality JPEG file will be ideal for a photo based image. Before uploading the photo to your profile, you can edit and enhance it with one of the free photo editor apps on your phone or one of the free photo editing programs on the web and use an image conversion tool where necessary.

Now, let's see how the profile photo is changed on Instagram.

How to Change Instagram Profile Photo

You can upload a new profile photo to your Instagram account either by visiting the site via a web browser on your computer, or directly from within the Instagram app on your phone or tablet. This tutorial will demonstrate how to do it on a mobile phone.

STEP 1: Grab your phone and open Instagram app.

When the app starts, you will see a flow of photos from profiles that you follow and also a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen where you can use the home, search, upload, like and profile buttons for navigating your way around Instagram.

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STEP 2: Tap on the profile icon at the bottom right corner, on the navigation bar.

This will open your Instagram profile page where you can perform a number of tasks such as editing your profile and uploading profile pictures.

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STEP 3: Tap on the Edit Your Profile button to open the Edit Profile page.

STEP 4: On the Edit Profile page, right under the circular profile photo, you will see the Change Photo link, tap on it.

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This will open Set a Profile Photo window where you can choose to upload a new profile photo from your phone or import from your Facebook or Twitter profile.

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STEP 5: Select the option that you prefer. We will continue with selecting New Profile Photo option and find a photo on our phone to be used as the profile image.

You have a number of options here. You can take a new picture using your phone's camera or use any photos already stored on your phone such as in the photo gallery, Instagram photos, WhatsApp photos, screenshots and so on.

STEP 6: Simply find and select the photo on your phone that you want to set as your profile photo.

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Instagram provides basic edits and filters that you can apply on your photo before uploading it. You can even combine multiple photos into one to create interesting profile pictures. Edit it if you like and tap on the Next button at the top right corner, when your photo is ready.

STEP 7: The last step asks you if you want to share your new profile photo on Instagram and other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr or Swarm. Write a caption and share it if you want and finally tap on the Done button at the top right corner.

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This will finalize the process and your new profile photo will be up and ready and it will now be displayed on your profile from this point forward.

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