Coming up with the best Instagram usernames can be challenging. You’re probably going to want an Instagram name that’s catchy, memorable, and is reflective of you as a person.
To start, it helps to expand your universe a bit with a long list of cool Instagram usernames to think about.
Below are several lists of good choices for Instagram handles for our review. There are some 217 Instagram naming ideas for your consideration. Look, in all likelihood, most of these names will be taken. But, please use these selections as springboards for your own ideas.
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Rules for Instagram Names
- The character limit is 30 characters.
- Your name can only be composed of letters, numbers, underscores, and periods.
- How many times can you change your name on Instagram? It’s unlimited. But, after changing your name twice, to change it again after that requires a 14 days wait.
- The @ is immediately applied by the application in front of your name.
This isn’t about Instagram names but thought you might want to know more about using hashtags. Instagram allows you to use up to 30 hashtags per post. However, research shows that the optimal number is about 10 or 11 hashtags.
Tips for Selecting an Instagram Name
Here are some suggestions to arrive at a name you’ll feel good about representing your personal brand.
1.) Underscore that!
Don’t be afraid to use underscores to separate the words in your fun Instagram names. For example, there_is_no_we_in_donuts looks better and is easier to read than thereisnoweindonuts. Readers might have a hard time not reading “snow.” The use of underscores, numbers, and periods helps you get to original names that are not taken if you like a popular idiom or turn of phrase.
2.) Make it Personal.
Your friends and family will likely respond better to a naming alternative that is about you. Some of the best naming ideas only work well for the account owner.
3.) Keep it Simple, Stupid!
The old KISS acronym works for Instagram names, as well. By keeping it simple, you make it easy for folks to remember you. Or put another way, be obvious.
4.) Have Some Fun With It
This isn’t the Declaration of Independence or a legal contract. If your future posts are going to include some humor, be consistent, and add some fun to your naming selection. Remember, you can always change your name later – although as previously noted, you might have to wait 14 days.
How to Change Instagram Username
Are you looking for how to change your name on Instagram? We have the answers.
- First things, first: log into your Instagram account. If you have multiple accounts, make sure you’re changing the one you want to change.
- Then, tap the avatar icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the page to proceed to your profile.
- Click “Edit Profile” which is underneath your posts, followers, and following counts.
- Tap the “Username” field. Type in your new username handle.
- Click the “Done” icon in the upper right-hand corner.
That’s it. Confirm that your name has been changed by looking at the top of the page where names are displayed.
Instagram History Timeline
Instagram is Born
The photo and video sharing social network is launched.
One Million Users Mark
In only two months, Instagram reaches one million monthly users!
Welcome to the Facebook Family
Facebook purchases Instagram. “If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.”
One Billion Users
Over one billion monthly active users on Instagram. The Like button is hit 4.2 billion times per day!
Instagram is the sixth most-visited website in the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo has over 253 million followers!
Those lists of names should provide plenty of food for thought. Good luck in selecting a name to meet your needs.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories. While working in corporate America, he developed product and company names for a variety of clients including Magnetic Poetry, Leaf Candy, and others.
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