How to Add Pronouns on Instagram

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Pronouns are part of our identity and you may wish to add your own pronouns to your Instagram profile. This guide will explain how.

Our identity is our passport to the world—it’s how we define ourselves and how others define us, too. That’s why it’s important for us to be able to express ourselves on social media platforms like Instagram the way we want to.

One way you can personalize your Instagram profile the way you want to is by adding your pronouns. These will discreetly appear next to your username on your profile. You can configure Instagram pronouns to appear publicly or only appear to people who follow you.

If you want to know how to add pronouns on Instagram, follow the steps below.

Using Pronouns on Your Instagram Profile

Instagram allows you to add your pronouns to your Instagram profile. This can be public or, if you would prefer some discretion, you can show your pronouns to your followers only. If you’re under 18, your pronouns will be hidden to followers only by default.

Instagram offers a list of common pronouns for you to use, including he, she, and they. If you don’t see your pronouns listed, you’ll need to add this to your biography separately.

An example of pronouns listed on an Instagram profile

You can also try to contact Instagram to raise feedback with them directly about this issue. For instance, if you want a certain set of pronouns to be made available, you can request that Instagram add them for you.

This is a bit of a long shot, but if enough people make this request, you may see your preferred pronouns added as a feature update in the future.

How to Add or Remove Pronouns on Instagram

You’ll need to use the Instagram mobile app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to add pronouns to your profile. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to make changes to this setting using the Instagram website at this point. These steps will work for both Apple and Android users.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device and sign in.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the bottom right.
  3. On your Instagram profile, tap the Edit Profile button.
    Edit profile button on Instagram
  4. In the Edit Profile menu, tap the Pronouns option.
    Editing pronouns on Instagram
  5. Begin typing one of your pronouns (e.g. he, she, they, etc.) in the Add your pronouns box.
  6. Tap one of the pronouns to add it to your list.
    Selecting an Instagram pronoun
  7. Repeat this step for each of the pronouns that you’re happy to be referred to.
  8. If you want to remove a pronoun, tap the cross icon next to the pronoun to remove it.
  9. To save your pronoun options, tap the tick button (on Android) or the Done button (on iPhone/iPad) in the top right.
    Adding pronouns to an Instagram profile

Your Instagram pronoun options will be updated immediately. You can change these at any point by repeating these steps. You can also remove them entirely by tapping the cross icon next to all of the pronouns you’ve added previously.

As we’ve mentioned previously, Instagram only offers a limited number of default pronouns to use at present. If you don’t see your preferred pronouns listed here, you’ll need to add them to your biography manually to reflect your choice while leaving the default pronoun space blank.

Using Instagram Your Way

Using the steps above, you can quickly add your pronouns on Instagram. This is a simple, easy way to personalize your profile, express your identity, or show solidarity with others.

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