Your profile picture is one of the first things people notice about your Instagram account. So, it’s important that it’s a high-quality photo that represents you well. It’s also a good idea to change your profile picture from time to time to keep your audience engaged and attract new followers. This article will show you how to change your Instagram profile picture on both the mobile app and desktop versions of the site.
Instagram’s profile pictures are square-shaped and require a minimum of 600px by 600px. Ideally, you should use an image with a 1:1 aspect ratio to ensure that it displays properly on the platform. The photo should be in a JPG or PNG format, and should not contain anything that violates the terms of service or guidelines. Instagram will reject any photos that don’t meet these requirements or contain nudity or inappropriate content.
You can upload a new photo by clicking on the existing photo on your profile or by visiting your profile page and selecting “Edit Profile” from the menu running across the top of the screen. You will be asked whether you want to take a new photo or import an existing one from your device or Facebook account. Instagram will then prompt you to confirm the changes before they are applied.
If you choose to take a new photo, Instagram will let you preview the final result before you upload it. You can also add a filter or crop the photo to make sure that it fits correctly on the platform. Once you’re happy with the results, you can then download it to your device and upload it as your profile picture.
Once you’ve updated your profile photo, your friends and followers will be notified by a small icon that appears next to your name in the comment section of any post. They’ll also see your new profile picture when they visit your Instagram home page or open a direct message.
However, Instagram does not send notifications when someone takes a screenshot of your Reels, Stories, or tagged content in the app. This is because any publicly uploaded content is able to be captured on screen by anyone who accesses it via the Instagram app. This includes feed posts, Reels, Story thumbnails, profile images, bios, and tagged photos.
If you’re a creator on Instagram, you can disable the ability to capture content through screenshots by going to Settings > General and changing the option to “Show Screenshot Indicator.” This will prevent your followers from being able to save or share content directly from your Instagram profile.
Instagram recently rolled out a dynamic profile photo feature that allows users to showcase both a standard profile picture and their avatar on the same page. The Meta-owned company says that people who view your profile can flip between the two to see which picture you’re currently using. The update comes a few days after Instagram head Adam Mosseri admitted that the app showed too many videos and not enough photos last year.