How To Give Photo Credit on Instagram

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Giving credit to the owner or the artist of any post on social media is a sort of formality that you need to follow, so you may wonder how to give photo credit to someone on Instagram.

You may have asked yourself at least one time if the post you are publishing is related to an owner.

To avoid getting reported or any getting copyright claims, it’s very recommended to mention the owner.

The simplest way to give a photo credit on Instagram is by mentioning the Instagram account of the owner.

By doing so, you will rest assured that you won’t get in trouble with the owner of the post.

So today I will teach you how to give photo credit on Instagram in 5 easy steps.

How To Give Photo Credit on Instagram

To give a photo credit on Instagram, you need to first ask for the permission of the owner by contacting them through the Instagram direct or their email, then create the post and mention them.

When you create the post, you need to add the last touches before publishing.

The important task is to mention the owner of the photo, whether they are an individual or a business.

You can also tag them on the photo, so when Instagram users look at the photo, they will understand that it belongs to someone.

1.Ask for Permission

Asking for the owner of the photo for permission

When you ask for permission you’ll feel confident that no one will report your account after sharing a copyrighted post.

So it’s essential to ask for permission.

Then you need to give the photo credit to the owner by adding their Instagram account.

To do so you can simply contact them on their Instagram messenger.

If you can’t get a response from them on the messenger, you need to contact them by using their email address or website contact form.

2.Create a new post

Create a new Instagram post

After you’ve got permission from the owner, you can move forward without any issue.

Start by taking a screenshot of their image and cropping it, or download it from an Instagram photo downloader.

Now create a post on your account by tapping on the “+” button.

This will take you to the gallery page, so select the image to post it.

Then tap on Next, and tap “Continue”.

So follow the instructions until you reach the Edit page of the post.

3.Mention the Instagram account of the owner in the caption

Give credit to the owner of the Instagram photo

When you reach the edit page, you need to give the photo credit in the caption.

This happens by adding the name of the person, artist, photographer, then mentioning their Instagram account.

On the Edit page, type the name of the owner on the caption where the “Write a caption…” phrase is represented.

You need to mention the Instagram account of the owner by typing “@xxxx”.

For example if Yakoben21 is the owner, you need to type “@Yakoben21” or “by @Yakoben21”

4.Tag the owner on your post

Tagging the owner to give them the credit on the Instagram photo

To tap the owner, you need to tap on “Tag people” below the image on the edit page.

This will take you to a new page, where you will see a “+” button.

Tap on the “+” button to search for the account name.

On the new page search for the owner’s Instagram account name tap on it.

When you are ready to move on, tap on the “Done” button.

5.Share the post on Instagram

Share the photo

Now that you’ve given the credit to the owner by mentioning them and tagging them, you can share the post on Instagram.

To share the post, you need to tap on the “Share” button at the bottom of the screen.

After doing so, the post will be shared on your Instagram feed.

Then you won’t need to think again about being reported for copyright claims.

How To Ask for Photo Credit on Instagram

To ask for photo credit on Instagram, simply comment on the post by thanking and appreciating the person who posted your photo.

For example, you can say “Thank you for liking my photo and sharing it!”.

It’s a method of building a connection and correcting the mistakes of the other side.

Now if you are the person who needs the permission you can check how to avoid being reported.

If you comment, and you don’t get an answer, try to contact them through Direct Messages.

So try to stay friendly with the person who posted your photo without your permission.

Because they may still don’t know that they need you to give them the credit for your Instagram photo.

However, if you don’t get any response, you can report their account by filing a copyright infringement.

You can either ask for permission from the owner of the photo that you want to use or simply get a non-copyright photo from 3rd party websites.

If you liked a photo of someone on Instagram you need to ask them for permission.

This is proper posting etiquette to avoid being reported for copyright infringement.

To contact the owner, send them a message on their Instagram direct or their website contact form.

For example, you can include in your message: “Hi, I like one of your photos that you’ve recently posted, and I would love to know if you don’t mind giving me the permission of reposting it on my account. Thanks in advance.”

Do You Have To Give Credit on Instagram?

GoPro mentioning the original owner of the image to avoid copyright claims
@GoPro on Instagram mentioning @Luckplat on his photo

It’s important to give credit to any of the content that you are trying to repost or feature on your Instagram account, including any photo or video owned by someone else.

However, if you get a stock photo from non-copyrighted 3rd party websites, in most cases you don’t need to give credit to the owner.

They may ask you to mention contributors, but it’s up to you if you want to do it or not.

Keep in mind, that it’s good to tag or mention the owners to avoid getting reported or having any kind of unwanted situations.


It’s crucial to always ask for permission when you decide to repost a photo on social media.

Then, when you get the permission, you need to give the photo a credit to the owner’s Instagram account.

It’s sufficient to tag them on your photo and mention them in the caption of the post.

However, if you want to get copyrighted content you can visit the 3rd party websites like PexelsShutterstockUnsplash, and so on.

So today, you’ve learned how to give photo credit to the owner on Instagram.

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