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How to Change Age on Instagram

Published April 23, 2024

It is pretty easy to change your age on Instagram. However, there are some rules you need to know about before making this sort of change. In this article, we will go over how to change age on Instagram, as well as what’s required to do so.

Instagram Age Change Requirements

Instagram is focused on protecting the safety and well-being of its users. This is why there is a requirement to be at least 13 years old in order to use Instagram. Additionally, if you are under 18 years old, there will sometimes be a request from Instagram to show a valid ID to confirm your age. If you fail to provide ID verification, your account may be suspended.

Steps for How to Change Age on Instagram

Once you are ready to change your age on IG, you can take the following steps.

  1. Open the Instagram app
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the bottom-right of the screen
  3. Tap on the Edit Profile button on your profile page
  4. Tap on Personal information settings
  5. Tap on Birthday
  6. Enter your birthday and save your changes

Note: Conducting an age change is only possible on the mobile app.

Protip: If you have your Facebook account linked to your IG account, your birthday will automatically be updated once you tap on Birthday in the steps above.

What Changes After Updating Your Age

Once you have changed your age on your IG profile, there may be some changes you should know about. If you are under 13 years old, your account will get suspended right away. Also, avoid changing your age too often. Instagram’s internal checks will identify frequent age changes as suspicious and potentially result in your account getting suspended.

After you change your age, you will also likely see the type of content appearing in your feed and the Explore page changing. This is due to Instagram attempting to provide a highly-personalized and curated experience with the help of its AI algorithms.

Common Issues & How to Resolve Them

While not likely, you may experience some issues when attempting to update your age on Instagram.

Common issues include:

  • An outdated IG app
  • In-app glitches and bugs
  • Changing your age too often

In the case of experiencing glitches and bugs, the solution is to update your Instagram mobile app.

If you have tried to change your age too many times and have an issue with your account, you will have to contact Instagram’s Help Center to get help.

How Instagram Verifies Age

To help ensure Instagram users are provided the ideal user experience for their age group, the popular social media platform has a partnership with a digital identity company named Yoti. This enables Instagram to increase the security and efficiency of the age verification process.

The age verification process is geared towards helping users in the 13-17 age bracket from being exposed to content that is not appropriate or relevant to them. The process often leverages facial recognition technology, and occasionally will include document verification, to confirm a user’s age.


Now that you know how to change age on Instagram, you can update it to match your age and birthday if you haven’t done so already. Keep in mind that there are rules for how old a user needs to be, and that the content you will see on Instagram may change once you update your age.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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