How to Fix Instagram Add Your Birthday Error

One of the most popular social media platforms worldwide is Instagram.

The platform is getting bigger because of its numerous features.

Instagrammers have recently been prompted to update their profiles with their birthdays. This should make the site safer and better and stop hackers and fake accounts from hijacking your account or impersonating you.

However, Instagram users have started reporting issues when trying to add their birthday, as Instagram prompts them.

Reportedly, several Instagram accounts were deactivated due to Instagram’s ‘Add Your Birthday’ error.

Even though adding your birthday is a new feature implemented by Instagram, it’s similar to all other information you add to your account - your name, number, email, etc.

Therefore, if you’re one of the Instagram users that are having issues with the ‘Add your birthday’ prompt, check out the step-by-step process in the article below to learn how to resolve it.

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Why am I getting the ‘Add your birthday’ error on Instagram?

Most often, the issue lies in adding the wrong date of birth. Apparently, since most Instagram profiles are linked to Facebook accounts, the Instagram date of birth needs to be the same as the date on your Facebook account.

Many young people add a different date of birth for their Facebook accounts because Facebook doesn’t allow underage users to become a part of their network. Hence, the date they select on Instagram doesn’t match the one to the linked Facebook account.

Therefore, make sure that the birth you select is the same date you previously set on your Facebook account.

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How do I fix the ‘Add your birthday’ error on Instagram?

Most often, users run into an error if the date on Instagram doesn’t match the date on Facebook; hence, you need to either check the dates and/or change them, or you need to unlink your Instagram account from your Facebook account.

Follow the steps below to fix the problem.

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Make sure you entered a birthday that matches the one on Facebook

  1. Open your Facebook account, and navigate to your profile.
  2. At the bottom of your details section, tap on ‘See Your About Info’.
  3. Scroll down, and under ‘Basic info,’ check the exact date you have entered.
  4. Go to Instagram, and open your Instagram profile.
  5. Tap on the three-lines icon in the top-right corner, and from the drop-down, tap on ‘Settings’.
  6. Open ‘Personal Information’, tap on ‘Birthday’, and update the birthday accordingly.
  1. Open the Instagram App from your phone.
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the right-hand corner, and then click on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner to open the menu.
  3. From the drop-down, tap on ‘Settings’.
  4. You will need to scroll down to the bottom and open ‘Accounts Center’.
  5. Tap on ‘Accounts & Profiles’ and click on your Facebook account in order to have it removed.
  6. Now, click on ‘Remove from Accounts Center’.
  7. You will be prompted by two confirmation steps - tap on ‘Continue’ to confirm you’re sure you want the account removed, and tap on ‘Remove’ once again to finish the steps.

After following these steps, your Facebook account will be unlinked from your Instagram account.

Related: How to Unlink Facebook from Instagram.


Instagram’s newly added prompt to add your birthday is a way of protecting you as a user, and your account.

However, issues have been happening quite often ever since this feature got implemented.

In this article, we explained why users are receiving the error on Instagram, and the two best ways to fix it - changing the date, and unlinking Facebook from Instagram.

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