- Meta’s new Threads platform has generated a lot of buzz in the world of social media.
- Threads is currently only available for Instagram users, but you can sign up for an Instagram account at any time.
- Creating a Threads account requires following a series of steps, including downloading the Threads app and adding your Instagram account information.
- Threads is a competitor to Twitter and combines elements from other platforms like Instagram.
- Threads offers privacy options, allowing users to choose between a public or private profile.
There is a lot of buzz in the world of social media because of Meta’s recent launch of its new Threads platform. Currently, it is only available for Instagram users, but you can sign up for an Instagram account at any time.
Below, we will cover the steps required to create a Threads account and how to get started using the app. Because Threads is still in a testing phase, quite a few bugs still need to be worked out.
One of the biggest drawbacks is that the process of signing up is a little clunky. However, once you’ve signed in, the app works pretty well.
If you aren’t familiar, Threads is a competitor to the popular social media site Twitter. You will find that much of the Threads app is very similar to Twitter, but it also combines elements from other platforms like Instagram.
How to Create a Threads Account
You must follow each of the steps below to create a Threads account successfully. Steps cannot be skipped because you must first go through Instagram to get a Threads invite.
From there, you should also take the time to properly set up your Threads bio before it goes public. Now, let’s get your Threads account up and running!
Step 1: Open Instagram
Because Threads is still in its testing phase, it is available only to Instagram users. The first thing you need to do is visit the Instagram app and sign in to your account. If you don’t have an Instagram account, don’t panic. You can create an account and get immediate access to Threads.
Step 2: Get Your Threads Invite
Once you’ve signed in to Instagram, click on the menu button in the top right corner of your profile page. Select “Threads” at the top of the list.
When you click the button, a new window will open with a virtual ticket to use the new Threads app. Click on the ticket to download the Threads app.
Step 3: Download the Threads App
Clicking the virtual ticket should take you directly to the Threads page on the app store. This will vary slightly depending on your device, but all you have to do next is download the Threads app.
Then, enter your app store credentials if requested. Finally, wait for the installation to complete.
Step 4: Launch the Threads App
Once the installation is complete, go ahead and find the Threads app on your device. Once opened, you will see a box to log in with your Instagram account at the bottom of the screen. Click on the box and enter your Instagram account username and password.
Step 5: Add Account Information
Since Threads uses your Instagram credentials, all of your account information is tied together. Most importantly, your Threads account name will be the same as the one on Instagram. You can add a bio and links, or you can import them from your Instagram profile.
Step 6: Choose Privacy Settings
Like other social networking sites, Threads offers different privacy options. They are pretty basic, with just a choice between a public or private profile.
Setting an account to private means only your approved followers can see your posts. Alternatively, anyone can see a public profile, even if they do not follow you.
Step 7: Add Followers
Next, Threads gives you the option to automatically pull all of your followers from Instagram. You can either select to follow all of them or individually pick the people you wish to follow.
Keep in mind that the list of followers is made up of Instagram users, which does not mean those people are actually on Threads yet.
Step 8: Start Using Threads
Lastly, you have to confirm that you wish to sign up for Threads. Click the “Join Threads” button, and you will get a personalized Threads feed based on the people you follow.
From here, you can explore all of the features that Threads has to offer. Additionally, you can add more followers by searching for specific accounts.
Create Other Threads Accounts
By now, you may be wondering what happens if you have multiple Instagram accounts, such as for personal and business uses. Threads operates very similarly to Instagram when it comes to managing these accounts.
To get started, go back to your Instagram account and make sure that you’ve signed into your other accounts so they stay connected.
You can also take this time to create a new Instagram account to use with Threads. After checking that all of the accounts that you want to use with Threads have been signed into, close the Instagram app. Then, go back to the Threads app. In Threads, you must log out of your account from the profile menu.
Once signed out, you should see all of your connected Instagram accounts. Because Threads is just pulling the accounts from Instagram, you will still need to set up each account’s privacy, bio, and followers separately. Unfortunately, you will need to log out each time you switch accounts.
Alternative Ways to Sign Up for Threads
Threads is limited to only Instagram users because it still hasn’t received a full rollout. This means people with other Meta accounts, such as Facebook, cannot use those credentials to sign up.
When Meta makes Threads available for everyone, you will be able to create an account without needing to use Instagram. In the meantime, the only way to use Threads is by first creating an Instagram account.
Also, you can only access Threads through a mobile device such as a cell phone. Web browsers cannot access Threads at this time.
Threads could be the next big shift in social networking. With rapid changes happening at Twitter, there appears to be plenty of room for competition and expansion.
Meta’s continued success with Facebook and Instagram could certainly propel the company to the top, but only time will tell. In the meantime, you can start building a virtual presence on the site with your newly created account.
|Step 1: Open Instagram||Visit the Instagram app and sign in to your account. If you donât have an Instagram account, create one to get access to Threads.|
|Step 2: Get Your Threads Invite||Once signed in to Instagram, click on the menu button in the top right corner of your profile page. Select ââ at the top of the list to get a virtual ticket to use the new Threads app.|
|Step 3: Download the Threads App||Click the virtual ticket to go to the Threads page on the app store. Download the Threads app and wait for the installation to complete.|
|Step 4: Launch the Threads App||Find the Threads app on your device. Once opened, log in with your Instagram account username and password.|
|Step 5: Add Account Information||Add a bio and links, or import them from your Instagram profile. Your Threads account name will be the same as the one on Instagram.|
|Step 6: Choose Privacy Settings||Choose between a public or private profile. A private profile means only your approved followers can see your posts, while anyone can see a public profile.|
|Step 7: Add Followers||Threads gives you the option to automatically pull all of your followers from Instagram. You can either select to follow all of them or individually pick the people you wish to follow.|
|Step 8: Start Using Threads||Confirm that you wish to sign up for Threads. Click the ââ button, and you will get a personalized Threads feed based on the people you follow. From here, you can explore all of the features that Threads has to offer.|
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