With the introduction of Meta avatars on Instagram, the social network has been nurtured with new features that enrich its user experience. If you already designed your avatar and want to give your Instagram account an animated touch, the dynamic profile picture is just what you are looking for. But how do you activate it?

What is Instagram's dynamic profile picture?

Instagram's dynamic profile picture is a functionality of the social network that lets users display an image and their avatar at the same time as their profile picture. But this does not mean that both will appear at the same time. Instead, any user can swipe up to switch between them. Also, the avatar uses a small animation selected by the account owner.

How to upload a dynamic profile picture to Instagram step-by-step

The dynamic profile picture lets us show off two images at the same time in the profile picture, and one of them will be an animation of our Instagram avatar. If you already have your avatar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the bottom menu to access your account.
  3. Tap and hold your finger on your profile picture.
  4. Tap the image of your avatar in the menu at the bottom.
  5. Activate the Add to profile picture button.
How to put a dynamic profile photo with your avatar on InstagramHow to put a dynamic profile photo with your avatar on Instagram

From this menu, you can edit your avatar and customize how it will look in your profile. This last option changes the background image and lets you choose one of the seven available animations, such as a greeting or an eye wink.

Avatar animations for the Instagram profileAvatar animations for the Instagram profile

If you want to switch between your avatar and your profile picture, just swipe left or right over the image. And remember that the dynamic profile picture is visible to all users who can view your profile.

How to create an avatar on Instagram and add it to your profile picture

Remember that to use the dynamic profile picture on Instagram, you first must create your avatar. As we explained above, the button to design a custom Meta avatar is within the Instagram stories' tags and stickers section. You can also create the avatar from the settings section, but the function is a bit hard to find.