Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms, with over 500 million accounts active on the app every single day. If your business isn’t on Instagram, it should be!
And if your business is on Instagram, you should convert it to a business account ASAP.
Instagram accounts are personal by default so in this post we’ll show you how to convert your personal account to a business account. If you do not already have an Instagram account, you’ll need to create one.
Having a business account on Instagram has a lot of benefits, including valuable insights and a “directions” button to your profile. We’ll talk more about the benefits of having a business account in just a bit.
First, let’s answer a few common questions about having a business account on Instagram:
How Much Does an Instagram Business Account Cost?
It doesn’t cost anything to convert your account to a business account and there’s no fee unless you run ads.
What Are the Benefits of an Instagram Business Account?
Instagram gives business owners a lot of tools when they switch to a business account, including:
- The ability to run ads and promote your posts
- Analytics/insights about your posts and audience
- The ability to add call and email CTAs to your profile
- A clickable address in your profile to make it easy for customers to locate you
All of these benefits allow you to increase your reach and optimize your profile and content for your followers. Sounds good, right?
Before we jump into how to switch your profile to a business account, let’s check to see if you already have a business account.
How Can I Tell if My Instagram is Already a Business Account?
To see if you already have a business account on Instagram, log into your account, tap the three lines in the upper righthand corner, and then tap “Settings” at the bottom.
From there, tap “Account” and look at the very last option. If you have a business account, it will say, “Switch Back to Personal Account.” If you don’t have a business account, the last option will be “Get More Tools.”
If your account settings say, “Switch Back to Personal Account,” you already have a business account and you’re set! If it says, “Get More Tools,” you have a personal account. No worries, though, we’ll show you how to convert it to a business account!
How to Switch Instagram to a Business Account
Before doing this, you should know that your account will be public. Your account cannot be both a private account and a business account (and really, why would you want a private business account?)
When you change to a business account, your account will be exactly the same, but you’ll have access to analytics and tools not available on personal accounts.
To change your Instagram account to a business account, you’ll start with the steps we followed to check your account:
1. Go to your account and tap the three lines in the upper righthand corner.
2. Tap “Settings” at the bottom.
3. Select “Account” and then “Get More Tools.”
4. You will be taken to a screen that gives you the option between “Creator” and “Business.” Choose “Business.” (The “Creator” account is for Instagram influencers and public figures so it does not offer all the tools a business account does.)
Click “Continue” and read the slides about the benefits of a business account.
5. Next, you’ll choose your business category. Start typing to search for the category that best fits your business. When you’ve found it, click “next.”
6. Now you’ll have the chance to put in contact info for your account. This email address will be tied to the “email” button on your profile so be sure it’s one you check regularly!
You can add your phone number and address by tapping “Change Contact Options” below the “next” button. If you don’t want to receive calls or you don’t have a physical location that customers or clients would visit, you don’t have to add this information. (You are required to add at least an email address, though.)
7. The last step is setting up or linking your business’s Facebook page. You’ll do that by naming your page on Instagram but you’ll finish setting up the page on Facebook. (If you already have a Facebook page for your business, you can link them with these instructions.)
This is a requirement because Facebook owns Instagram. If your business is on both platforms, this can actually be beneficial since Facebook displays your Instagram feed on your Facebook page. You can also have your Instagram posts automatically published to Facebook, which saves a little time!
Once you’ve named your Facebook page, you’re done! Your Instagram account is now a business account. Use the analytics, ads, and sponsored posts to take your Instagram game to the next level.