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How to change your Instagram profile picture

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March 10, 2022
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Your profile picture is the first thing people see when you appear on social media, and it becomes a personification of you. Changing your profile picture on any platform is typically a simple task. Can the same be said for Instagram? Let’s go over how to change your profile picture on Instagram.

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To change your profile picture on Instagram, go to your Instagram profile and select Edit Profile. On the next page, choose Change Profile Picture.


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How to change your Instagram profile picture (Android and iOS)

Changing your profile picture on Instagram is the first thing every Instagram user should know how to do. You can do it by tapping the Edit profile button on your Instagram profile, or by pressing and holding on your profile picture itself on your Instagram profile.

The Edit profile method

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Go to your Instagram profile and tap the Edit profile button underneath your bio. From there, tap the Change profile photo button and select a new profile picture.

The shortcut

There’s an even faster way to change your profile picture.

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On your Instagram profile, press and hold down on your profile picture. A small pop-up menu will appear from the bottom, from where you can select Change profile photo.

How to change your Instagram profile picture (desktop)

You can change your profile picture from the Instagram website in a browser, or the downloadable Instagram desktop app. From the home page, click your profile picture in the top right. From the subsequent dropdown menu, click Profile to visit your Instagram profile.

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Click Edit Profile.

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Click Change Profile Photo.

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How to download and save an Instagram profile picture

Unlike Facebook, where you can enlarge your profile picture and then save it, you can’t save profile pictures from within Instagram. Instead, you must use a third-party service like Instagram Downloads or settle for the lower resolution image that you get when you open an image in a new tab.

Open in new tab

This method only works on your own profile picture. If you haven’t added an Instagram story, you can right-click your profile picture on your Instagram profile and then open the image in a new tab. This works on most other Instagram profiles too. However, most people have lots of Instagram stories up at a time and must do it this way.

Go to your Instagram profile and click Edit Profile.

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Right-click the tiny version of your profile picture and click Open image in new tab.

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Right-click the image and click Save image as…

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Instagram Downloads

Instagram Downloads is a tool often used by those who wish to get better quality out of the photos they want to download from Instagram. The first step is to go to the Instagram profile of whoever’s profile picture you want to download. In this case, we’ll use mine.

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Copy the URL, and then go to instagramdownloads.com. There are many options for things you can download, including Photos, Videos, Profiles, IGTV, Reels, and more. Click Photos.

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In the Enter a username, profile link, post link, or shortcode field,  paste the URL of your desired Instagram profile. Then press Search.

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Finally, click the Download photos above your profile picture when it appears.


Read more: How to see who follows and unfollows you on Instagram

FAQs

How do you get a full-size profile picture on Instagram?

It isn’t possible natively, as Instagram doesn’t allow you to save people’s profile pictures. However, you can use a third-party service like Instagram Downloads to download photos from Instagram profiles.

Can you see Instagram profile pictures full-size?

No, not unless you use a third-party service.

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