The main reason why your Instagram profile picture is blurry is that the image size is wrong (the minimum requirements of Instagram for this are 110x110p or 1080x1080p).
To fix this issue:
Instagram users often report having issues with their profile picture showing blurry once they upload it. This situation can be frustrating, especially when knowing how essential it is to have a good profile picture that is supposed to attract fans and get engagement.
If you, too, have noticed a problem like this, this is the right blog post for you. Keep reading to find out why this happens and how to fix it.
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The image size is the most obvious reason your Instagram profile picture will appear blurry and pixelated. Other reasons it appears blurry might be the picture's low quality, the format being incompatible with Instagram, or if your Instagram uploading settings are changed.
On another note, if you are using an iPhone and you are not saving your photos in low resolution on purpose, you should check your iCloud settings. Additionally, if you have the Optimize iPhone Storage settings enabled, your iPhone will replace full-resolution photos and videos with the small version by default.
You can check this setting by:
Navigating to your iPhone’s Settings > Tapping on Apple ID > Tapping on iCloud > Photos > Choosing the option ‘Download and Keep Originals’ (instead of Optimize Photo Storage).
Quick Info: All images we upload on Instagram are automatically compressed and cropped by the app. However, when you choose a photo to upload on Instagram, you must meet the basic requirements of Instagram, a minimum of 110x110p or 1080x1080p at best.
Reminder: Instagram accepts JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, and non-animated GIF formats by default, so if you use other image formats, your profile picture might turn black or blurry.
If you see a blurry Instagram Profile picture when you upload it, there are several things you need to do:
Turn off the Data Saving if it’s ON and adjust your camera aspect ratio - this is in case your Data Saving mode is set on OFF, so once you turn ‘High Quality’ uploads ON, the quality of the photos will improve.
Bonus read: How to save photos in Instagram chat?
If you want to maintain a high-quality image, not only for your profile picture on Instagram but elsewhere, you need to make sure that your phone’s camera takes high-quality images in the first place.
Tip: Make sure that the camera settings on your phone are turned on ‘HDR’ (on iPhone), or ‘Ultra shot HDR’ (on Android).
If Instagram displays you a blurry profile picture, and you already have that image in your phone’s gallery, you should crop that image.
Simply open the image in your Gallery/Camera Roll > tap on the 'Edit' option, and when the image opens, choose the aspect ratio on ‘Square’ or ‘1:1’.
You can make sure that the upload you want to post is good quality by using the built-in camera of the Instagram app.
To access it, swipe right from the home page on Instagram > choose the ‘Post’ option and tap on the camera icon.
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Hopefully, this article helped you understand why you see your profile picture as a blurry image on Instagram. Now that you know the main causes, you can use the methods in our guide to fixing them.
It comes down to the correct aspect ratio, image resolution, picture size, and other quality settings that could affect the image’s display quality.
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Unfortunately, this option is not possible yet. But, you can always take a screenshot and then zoom in.