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Why Is My Instagram Profile Picture Blurry?

Why Is My Instagram Profile Picture Blurry

An Instagram profile picture is the first thing people see when they come across a profile. It is essential to have a good one to attract more followers and get engagement. With that in mind, what could be more important than having a quality image as a profile picture? Exactly! But just like me, you probably uploaded a nice profile picture only to discover that the picture turned out blurry and that after all attempts with different Photos, you still got the same blurry image.

Quick Answer

Making adjustments to things like photo size, file format, aspect ratio, and little things most people overlook can make the difference between a clear or blurry photo when uploading images to your Instagram profile. Adjusting your mobile settings and inbuilt Instagram settings would significantly improve the quality of photos and prevent having a blurry photo after upload.

Did you know that all images uploaded on Instagram are compressed and cropped automatically by the app? You would need to upload the best possible photo to meet the basic requirements of Instagram. By this, I mean a photo having a square dimension and a minimum pixel of 110x110 pixels or 1080x1080 pixels at best. Otherwise, you would discover that your excellent picture turned out blurry. That’s the last thing you need on your profile. 

In this article, I will be telling you how I upload the best HD photo on my profile simply by following some simple steps.

How To Upload a Profile Picture the Right Way

It’s a good practice to maintain the same profile picture used on other social media platforms because you want your followers to quickly identify you, right? Changing your profile photo on Instagram is quite straightforward.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Go to your photos, and choose the image you would like to use as a profile picture.
  2. Tap on the image and hit “Edit.”
  3. Find and tap the crop icon.
  4. Find the square option and tap it. It automatically crops the photo to be a square, which happens to be the exact ratio that Instagram requires for your profile picture. 
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Open your Instagram app.
  7. Tap on your profile icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  8. Tap the “Edit Profile” button below your bio.
  9. Then tap “Change profile photo.”
  10. Select “Choose from library.”
  11. Navigate and select the photo in your gallery.
  12. Press Done.”

If you still have a blurry photo, read on because we will get to that.

Reasons Uploaded Images Turn Out Blurry

The Instagram app is a popular photo-sharing app with over a billion users and only has a few flaws. One of these flaws is the blurry profile pictures everyone seems to have. Whether it’s because of the phone’s low-quality camera or the effect Instagram uses, Instagram profile pictures can be a bit blurry and difficult to see.

Let’s consider reasons that could lead to blurry images on Instagram. 

Oversized Photo File

Instagram automatically compresses images larger than 1MB, which often results in a loss of quality and causes the image to turn out blurry. 

Wrong Aspect Ratio

Aspects ratios other than 1:1 will most likely be cropped. It’s best to use these recommended Instagram ratios.

Improper File Format

Instagram accepts JPEG or JPG by default. Using any other format will lead to having a black picture or a blurry photo.

Uploading From the Wrong Device

Instagram is a mobile-based application and operates better on mobile devices instead of on PCs. Uploading images from a PC might turn out blurry.

How To Fix Blurry Images 

Method #1: Adjust Instagram Settings

There are a couple of adjustments you need to make on your device to avoid having a blurry image. Putting off the “Data saver” feature on your device will improve the photos you upload. Here’s how you can turn off the Data Saver mode:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile device. 
  2. Tap the profile icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner.
  4. Select “Settings.”
  5. Choose “Account.”
  6. Select “Cellular data setting” on android or “Data usage” on iPhone.
  7. For android, turn off “Data saver,” while for iPhones, “Use less mobile data” is turned off, and “High-quality uploads” is turned on.

Method #2: Adjust Camera Settings

Adjusting the camera setting is another way of avoiding taking low-quality images that will turn out blurry as profile pictures. Open the camera settings on your phone and make sure HDR is turned on. On Android devices, it’s called “Ultra shot HDR.” If your device allows you to select the picture size, choose the largest size available for the best quality. 

Method #3: Use Instagram’s Built-In Camera

We already know that Instagram compresses all images above 1MB, a great way to ensure good quality upload is by using the camera feature built into the Instagram app. 

Follow these steps to access the built-in camera:

  1. Swipe right from the home screen on Instagram.
  2. Select the “Post” option.
  3. Click on the camera icon, and you will be able to take a photo to post on your profile.

In Conclusion

Fixing the Problem of Blurry Photos on Instagram can be achieved by being cautious of things like photo size, file format, aspect ratio, and all these little things most people overlook, which can make the difference between a clear or blurry photo. 

Always remember to mind the aspect ratio and image size. A 1:1 ratio for an image of 320x320 pixels is excellent for a profile photo. Upload JPEG or JPG and avoid uploading photos shared through messaging services such as WhatsApp because such images have been compressed and have lost their quality.

Following the steps mentioned above, you can fix the issue of blurry photos. This guide was created to cover all possible root causes of blurry Instagram profile photos and uploaded photos generally.

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