The popular Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing app began testing the much-requested feature with some users on Android in November. But as noted by Latergramme last week, some users on iOS had also been granted access to multi-account switching.
Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between multiple accounts on Instagram! Go to your profile settings to add an additional account. From there, tap your username at the top of your profile to switch between accounts. Once you have multiple accounts added, you’ll see your profile photo appear in places throughout the app so you can always tell which one you’re using at the moment. To learn more, check out help.instagram.com. Account switching will be available as part of Instagram version 7.15 for iOS and Android
Now, Instagram has come out with an acknowledgment that, yes, multi-account switching has indeed arrived on iOS.
How can you enable multi-account switching?
Before anything else, it’s worth pointing out that while Instagram has officially announced the feature, multi-account switching is still being rolled out. This means that not all users of Instagram for iOS already have access to it.
To find out if you’re one of the users who already have access to multi-account switching, make sure you have the latest version of Instagram for iOS (version 7.15), open the app, and follow these steps:
- Go to the profile tab.
- Tap the settings icon.
- Scroll down and see if there’s an option labeled “Add Account” near the bottom, as shown in the screenshot above.
- If the option is not there, it means that you still don’t have access to multi-account switching. But there is an “Add Account” option, tap it and enter the username and password for the account you’d like to add.
Note that you can enable multi-account switching for up to five accounts.
How do you switch between accounts?
As suggested in the screenshot below, switching between multiple accounts can be easily done with these steps:
- Go to the profile tab.
- Tap the profile name at the top of the screen.
- Tap the account you’d like to switch to.
Note that you can also add an account right from the account selection menu.
What happens to your push notifications?
With multi-account switching enabled, you can quickly and easily switch between multiple Instagram accounts and access their respective feeds, comments, and direct messages without having to log out and log back in. What’s more, as shown in the screenshot below, your push notifications will indicate which accounts your received likes and comments are for.
“If you’ve added multiple Instagram accounts, you may get push notifications from any account that has them turned on,” Instagram notes. “This depends on when you last logged in and the number of devices that are logged in to an account.”
Do you already have it?
For users who own and manage more than one Instagram account, such as those who maintain accounts for personal and commercial uses, multi-account switching has been a long time coming. But as mentioned, the feature is still being rolled out, hence its availability to some and unavailability to others.
Either way, be sure to update to the latest version of Instagram for iOS, which is free to download from the App Store, and let us know in the comments below whether or not you already have multi-account switching. I for one am yet to get the feature.