How to convert a personal Instagram account to a Creator account

rachelRachel Baumann on August 17, 2023
You can convert your personal profile to a Creator account for free. Learn more about Creator accounts here. You’ll need to have either a Creator or Business Instagram account to connect to Acorn.

Step 1: Check to see if you have a Facebook Page

Almost everyone has a Facebook account, but you might not have a Facebook page. Confusingly, these are different things! To create a page or check if you already have one, go to the Facebook app:
  1. Go to settings by tapping the menu icon on the bottom right
  2. Tap on Pages (flag icon)
  3. Check to see if you have a Facebook Page that corresponds to your Instagram account. If not, you’ll need to create one (see below).
Facebook Pages

Step 2: Create a Facebook Page

If you don’t have a Facebook page (see above), you’ll need to create one. Note that this page does not have to be used at all. It’s okay to have no activity on this page if you use Instagram primarily. The Facebook page will only be used for connecting to Acorn Links.
  1. Navigate to Pages from the Facebook app menu.
  2. Create a page by tapping “+ Create
  3. Choose an appropriate category (for example “Personal blog”) and press Next
  4. Enter a page name and tap Next.
    Create a Facebook Page
  5. Enter your website if you have one (optional). Tap Next.
  6. Add a picture if you want to (optional). Tap Done.
  7. After you press Done, you’ll see your new Facebook page.
Create a Facebook Page

Step 3: Convert your Instagram Profile to a Creator Profile

After you have a Facebook page, you can convert to a Creator profile on Instagram. On the Instagram app:
  1. Tap the menu icon on the top right.
  2. Tap on Settings (gear icon)
  3. Tap on Account
    Convert to Creator Profile
  4. Tap on “Switch to Professional Account”
  5. Tap Continue 4 times through the professional account description.
  6. Select an appropriate category and tap Done.
    Convert to Creator Profile
  7. Select Creator (for a Creator account) or Business. (Both types will work for connecting to Acorn Links.)
  8. Exit from the setup menu.
Convert to Creator Profile
You’re not done yet!

Step 4: Link your new Creator account to the Facebook page.

This step is very important and necessary to link your Instagram to Acorn Links.
  1. Go to your Instagram profile in the Instagram app.
  2. Under Profile Information, next to Page, tap Connect or Create
  3. Tap Connect existing Page
    Link to Facebook Page
  4. Select the corresponding Facebook page for your Instagram account. This is the page you would have created in Step 2.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. On the Edit profile screen, you should see that the page is now listed under Profile Information > Page.
Link to Facebook Page

Step 5: Connect your Instagram to the rewards program via Acorn Links