Instagram allows users to create multiple accounts on the platform. After all, many people use the social media site for both personal and business use so it makes sense for them to differentiate these two parts of their lives online.
There may come a time, though, where these users want to merge their two accounts in to one.
If you are one of these people, and are wondering whether this is possible to do then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we are going to be looking at what’s possible when it comes to merging two Instagram accounts and how to set up multiple accounts on the platform if you think this is something you might be interested in doing in the future. Let’s get started
Can I merge two Instagram accounts? In a nutshell
Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t currently offer any simple functionality that allows users to merge two Instagram accounts into one.
As a result, the only way users can actually “merge” multiple accounts together to move all content from one account to the other and then delete the account that is no longer needed.
There are two ways of completing this task. The easiest way of doing it is to use a third party platform to duplicate all of your posts from the old Instagram so that you can easily re-share/re-post on the new one.
While there are a few out there that offer this functionality, we would recommend using Repost: For Instagram.
To use this app to help merge two Instagram accounts, please follow these steps:
- Download Repost: For Instagram on to your mobile device and connect the app with the Instagram account that you want to keep going forward.
- Open up Instagram and log in to the account you are planning on removing.
- Select which posts you would like to repost on to your new account. You are going to have to do this on a post by post basis. Once on a post that you would like to reshare on the new account, select the three dotted icon, followed by ‘copy link’.
- Open up ‘Repost: For Instagram’ and you should see the copied post sitting in the app’s inbox.
- Select to share the post to the Instagram account connected to the app.
- Repeat this process for all posts you wish to repost.
Perform a manual merge
If the method above seems too complex then there is something else that you can do, however, it is going to be more time consuming.
Performing a manual account merge essentially involves you logging in to the account you want to remove and screenshotting all posts that you want to move to the new account.
After you’ve done that, you are also going to need to make a note of the captions from all of the posts you’ve screenshotted.
Once you have all the screenshots and captions, you are going to need to crop the screenshots so that only the image is showing and then log on to the new Instagram account and start posting them.
It’s going to take a while if you have a lot of posts you wish to reshare but at least this way you are staying in control of the process as opposed to trusting a third party app to do it for you.
Please note that by using this method, you are only going to be able keep posts that contain images as you can’t screenshot video content.
Delete one of your accounts
In order to ‘merge’ Instagram accounts, you are going to need delete one of them to ensure content is being duplicated across the site.
The easiest way to delete an Instagram account is to do it via the mobile app. Please follow these instructions to do so:
- Log on to Instagram account that you would like to delete.
- Select the profile icon on the bottom right hand side of the screen.
- Select the three lined icon on the top right hand side of the screen.
- Select ‘settings’ followed by ‘account’.
- Scroll down and select ‘delete account’. This will be the last option in the list.
- You will then be asked if you want to deactivate your account or delete it. A deactivation is temporary, and can be reversed. Whereas a deletion is permanent, meaning everything from your profilewill be irretrievable. As you are moving all the content you want to the new account you may as well go ahead and permanently delete this one.
To conclude, merging an Instagram could certainly be a lot easier, and there’s no way to transfer Instagram followers over to another account. You cannot merge a personal account and a business account on Instagram.
The options available to users are to either use a third party app or to manually save each and every post yourself and move them over. To be honest, neither are ideal.
It is unknown at this point whether Instagram has any plans to implement a straightforward and quick process on to their platform to perform successful merges. Given that they are keen to promote the ability to open multiple accounts, though, we wouldn’t rule it out.