How to join Threads by Instagram – step-by-step

We take you through the simple steps to get set up on Threads

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You’re here because you’re looking to join Threads, Meta’s new Instagram-linked platform. And we’re going to show you exactly how to do it. Whether you have an Instagram account or not, we’ll take you through the steps you need to get set up on Threads. You’ll quickly be able to enjoy Twitter-like functionality and get on with creating your own threads – or interacting with others.

How to join Threads by Instagram

We take you through the two processes you (may) need to know to get set up on Threads.


How to join Threads as an Instagram user

The below step-by-step is for those with active Instagram accounts, which will be around 1 billion people around the planet. You’ll find it the easiest since Threads is linked to Instagram and more an extension of it.



Download the app

‘Threads, an Instagram app’ available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Search for the relevant app, download and install.



Import your Instagram profile

If you have an Instagram account, and have the Instagram app installed, you will be given the option to import your profile.

Once done, you’re nearly set up. You can choose whether the profile is private or public and continue.



Choose who to follow

You can choose to follow everyone you already follow on Instagram, or you can select from that list.

You can then follow additional accounts once you are in the app.




You can choose your notifications preferences, and now you’re set up.

You can start following accounts and engaging with threads.


Setting up Instagram to join Threads

If you don’t have an Instagram account, you’ll need one before you can follow the steps above.



Sign up to Instagram

Head over to the Instagram sign up page.

You can log in to Instagram with your Facebook account if you have one. Alternatively, you will need to provide:

  • Mobile number or email address
  • Full name
  • Username
  • Password

Click ‘Next’.

You can download the Instagram app and register directly on the app.




Assuming your username is free and you can confirm your account, you’ll now be set up on Instagram.

You cabn edit your profile and profile picture and begin using Instagram for posts.



Get Threads, by Instagram

You can now get the Threads, by Instagram app and follow the process at the top of this article.

Final thoughts

Now you know how to join Threads, whether you have an Instagram account or not. It is easier if you do already have one, but it doesn’t take too long to get set up on Instagram if you aren’t already. We hope this was useful, and if you want to find out more about Threads, you can read What is Threads and What Does it do?

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