Instagram (IG) is a social networking platform based around sharing photos and videos. Launched in October 2010, Instagram gave users a series of filters that could be used to alter photos and the concept quickly gained popularity. Instagram continues to evolve and now includes ‘Stories,’ ‘IGTV’ and tools for monetization. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April 2012.

When was Instagram created?

Instagram launched on October 6, 2010 and became the number 1 photography app available. Instagram ranked 100,000 users within 1 week and had 1 million users in 2 months. Instagram was developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in San Francisco. The app took 8 weeks to build, but was the result of 1 year of work.

How do you delete your Instagram account?

Delete your Instagram account by going to the Delete Your Account page on a web browser. You can’t delete your account within the app. Choose the reason why you are deleting your account and then enter your password to confirm. Afterwards, click on Permanently Delete My Account.

How does Instagram work?

Instagram is a social network made specifically for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Instagram allows user to post photos or videos that will be displayed on the user’s profile and on other users feed. You can interact with other users by liking their photos, following them, being followed by them, commenting, liking, tagging, and private messaging.

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IGTV
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IGTV
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IGTV Cover Photo
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IGTV Cover Photo
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Instagram Carousel Ads
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Instagram Carousel Ads
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Instagram Images - Ads
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Instagram Images - Ads
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Instagram Images - Landscape
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Instagram Images - Landscape
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Instagram Images - Portrait
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Instagram Images - Portrait
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Instagram Images - Square
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Instagram Photo Thumbnails
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Instagram Photo Thumbnails
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Instagram Profile Picture
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Instagram Profile Picture
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Instagram Stories
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Instagram Stories
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Instagram Stories Thumbnails
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Instagram Stories Thumbnails
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Instagram Video - Ads
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Instagram Video - Landscape
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Instagram Video - Landscape
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Instagram Video - Portrait
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Instagram Video - Portrait
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Instagram Video - Square
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Kevin Systrom
IGTV Cover Photo
Dimensioned layout drawing of the IGTV Cover Photo labeled with height and width

IGTV Cover Photos are smaller thumbnails of the IGTV channel for users to preview. Including the title of the video content and the user, IGTV Cover Photos are displayed in a scrollable wall of channels—making the quality of the cover photo extremely important for enticing users to view the content.

The IGTV Cover Photo has a height of 654 px and width of 420 px for an aspect ratio of 1:1.55. IGTV Cover Photos are JPG formatted with a maximum file size of 4 MB.

IGTV Cover Photos are smaller thumbnails of the IGTV channel for users to preview. Including the title of the video content and the user, IGTV Cover Photos are displayed in a scrollable wall of channels—making the quality of the cover photo extremely important for enticing users to view the content.

The IGTV Cover Photo has a height of 654 px and width of 420 px for an aspect ratio of 1:1.55. IGTV Cover Photos are JPG formatted with a maximum file size of 4 MB.

IGTV Cover Photo
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Print Sizes: 5.83” x 9.08” | 148.2 x 230.7 mm

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Company
Instagram

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Instagram Stories
Dimensioned layout drawing of Instagram Stories labeled with height and width

Instagram Stories deliver unique social value as they can show content that might not belong to a user’s feed, incorporate more personality, and offer instant updates to a user’s followers. Instagram Stories also allow brands to highlight promotions and place ads between the stories of other Instagram users without interruption.

Instagram Stories have a height of 1920 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 9:16. Instagram Stories support JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF (non-animated), MOV, and MP4 formats with a maximum file size of 30 MB for images) and 4 GB for video. Image stories have a maximum duration of 7 seconds, while video stories can be up to 15 seconds.

Instagram Stories deliver unique social value as they can show content that might not belong to a user’s feed, incorporate more personality, and offer instant updates to a user’s followers. Instagram Stories also allow brands to highlight promotions and place ads seamlessly between stories.

Instagram Stories have a height of 1920 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 9:16. Instagram Stories support JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF (non-animated), MOV, and MP4 formats with a maximum file size of 30 MB for images) and 4 GB for video. Image stories have a maximum duration of 7 seconds, while video stories can be up to 15 seconds.

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Duration: 7 seconds (image); 15 seconds (video)

Frame Rate: 30 FPS (minimum)

Print Sizes: 15” x 26.67” | 381 x 677.3 mm

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Company
Instagram

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Instagram Profile Picture
User interface drawing of the Instagram Profile Picture with measured dimensions and resolution

An Instagram Profile Picture is an image that represents a user’s account in all the interactions across the platform. The profile picture is displayed as an avatar next to the account name on posts, comments, replies, and direct messages. The profile picture creates visual association and should be easily recognizable by others.

The Instagram Profile Picture is a 1:1 ratio circle with a height and width of 110 px on mobile and 180 px on the web. Instagram Profile Photos support JPG formats with a maximum file size of 15 MB (max).

An Instagram Profile Picture is an image that represents a user’s account in all the interactions across the platform. The profile picture is displayed as an avatar next to the account name on all related media. The profile picture creates visual association and should be easily recognizable.

The Instagram Profile Picture is a 1:1 ratio circle with a height and width of 110 px on mobile and 180 px on the web. Instagram Profile Photos support JPG formats with a maximum file size of 15 MB (max).

Instagram Profile Picture
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Print Sizes: 1.53” x 1.53” | 38.8 x 38.8 mm (Mobile); 2.5” x 2.5” | 63.5 x 63.5 mm

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Instagram

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Instagram Feed Images - Portrait
Illustrated dimensions of Instagram Feed Images (Portrait) measured with height and width

Instagram Feed Images (Portrait) are vertical photos used on Instagram posts. They are simple to upload as they can be directly taken from a mobile’s camera. A portrait image can be cropped to fit an Instagram post. Portrait images tend to effectively capture other users attention and are great for vertical scenery like waterfalls.

The Instagram Feed Portrait Images have a height of 1350 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 4:5. Portrait Instagram Feed Images support JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF (non-animated) formats with a maximum file size of 30 MB. Feed posts have a 2200 character maximum, but 125 characters are recommended.

Instagram Feed Images (Portrait) are vertical photos used on Instagram posts. They are simple to upload as they can be directly taken from a mobile’s camera. A portrait image can be cropped to fit an Instagram post. Portrait images tend to effectively capture attention with vertical shots.

The Instagram Feed Portrait Images have a height of 1350 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 4:5. Portrait Instagram Feed Images support JPG, PNG, BMP, and GIF (non-animated) formats with a maximum file size of 30 MB. Feed posts have a 2200 character maximum, but 125 characters are recommended.

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Caption Text: 125 character (recommended); 2200 character (max)

Print Sizes: 15” x 18.75” | 381 x 476.3 mm

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Company
Instagram

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Instagram Feed Video - Square
Dimensioned layout drawing of Instagram Feed Video (Square) labeled with height and width

Instagram Feed Video (Square) is a square video that users or brands can organically post to the Instagram feed. Square videos embody the traditional square image format and are great for quotes, close-ups, and single subject captures. Most mobile devices allow for square video capture.

Instagram Feed Square Videos have a height of 1080 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 1:1. Square Instagram Feed Videos support MP4 (recommended) and MOV formats with a maximum file size of 100 MB. Video durations between 3-60 seconds are supported. Feed posts have a 2200 character maximum, but 125 characters are recommended.

Instagram Feed Video (Square) is a square video that users or brands can organically post to the Instagram feed. Square videos embody the traditional square image format and are great for quotes, close-ups, and single subject captures. Most mobile devices allow for square video capture.

Instagram Feed Square Videos have a height of 1080 px and width of 1080 px for an aspect ratio of 1:1. Square Instagram Feed Videos support MP4 (recommended) and MOV formats with a maximum file size of 100 MB. Video durations between 3-60 seconds are supported. Feed posts have a 2200 character maximum, but 125 characters are recommended.

Instagram Feed Video - Square
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Formats: MP4 (recommended), MOV
Duration: 3-60 seconds

Frame Rate: 23-60 FPS
Caption Text: 125 character (recommended); 2200 character (max)

Print Sizes: 15” x 15” | 381 x 381 mm

File Size
100 MB (max)
Company
Instagram

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