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How to Fix “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time”

Are you getting this error message, “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” on Instagram?

If you did, you’re probably trying to switch your Instagram account to a business one.

It can be very frustrating because Instagram doesn’t allow you to switch to a business account even though you haven’t done anything wrong.

To make matters worse, there are a ton of redundant solutions online (e.g. YouTube) that doesn’t help.

In this article, you’ll learn why you got the error, how to fix it, and more.

By the end of the article, you should be able to fix the issue and successfully switch your account to a business one.

Table of Contents

  1. Why did you get the error message?
  2. How to Fix “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time”
  3. General FAQ
  4. Conclusion

Why did you get the error message?

You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time

You got the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error message either because of a glitch or you have too many business accounts.

You got the error message either because of a glitch or you have too many business accounts.

The error message is known to be a glitch that many Instagram users have encountered before.

In fact, you might not have connected a Facebook page to your Instagram account before.

If that’s the case, the problem is not from your end.

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to fix the error which will be mentioned later in this article.

On the other hand, you might have got the error message because you have exceeded the number of business managers you can have.

Instagram allows up to 5 accounts per device.

This means that if you already have 5 Instagram business accounts on your device, you might not be able to switch your next account to a business account.

Otherwise, you’ll receive the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error on Instagram.

How to Fix “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time”

To fix the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error on Instagram, you can either try relinking Facebook, creating a new Facebook page or switching your Instagram account to a personal one.

Try relinking Facebook, creating a new Facebook page, or switching your Instagram account to a personal one.

If these solutions still don’t work, you can try contacting Facebook support by navigating to Facebook > Arrow icon > Help & Support > Report a problem > Something went wrong > Pages > Send your message.

In most cases, you can fix the issue by relinking your Instagram account to your Facebook page.

If you don’t have a Facebook page, you can try creating one for this purpose.

Here are all the methods you can use (in detail) to fix the error and switch your Instagram account to a business account.

Method #1: Relink your Facebook page

Relink Facebook page

The first method you can try is to relink your Facebook page to your Instagram account.

Relink your Facebook page to your Instagram account via the Facebook app.

This will help fix the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” issue on Instagram most of the time.

You can do so by opening the Facebook app > menu > your Facebook page > settings > Instagram > disconnect > connect account.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can relink your Facebook page to your Instagram account:

  1. Open Facebook.
  2. Tap on the “menu” icon at the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Select your existing Facebook page.
  4. Tap on Settings at the top-right corner of your screen.
  5. Select Instagram.
  6. Tap on “Disconnect” to unlink your Facebook page to your Instagram account.
  7. Link your Facebook page to your Instagram account again by entering your Instagram login details.

After you’ve relinked your Facebook page to your Instagram account, open the Instagram app.

Once you’re in the app, you should receive a notification asking you if you want to switch to a business account.

Otherwise, your Instagram account should be automatically converted into a business account.

If you followed the above steps correctly, you should be able to switch your account to a business one without encountering any error.

Method #2: Create a new Facebook page

Create Facebook page

The second method is to create a new Facebook page via the Facebook app.

Create a new Facebook page and link it to your Instagram account.

This will automatically convert your Instagram account into a business one.

Then link your newly created Facebook page to your Instagram account.

If you don’t have an existing Facebook page, you need to create one.

Instagram will automatically convert your Instagram account into a business one if you’ve linked it to your Facebook page.

By linking a Facebook page to your Instagram account, it’ll prevent the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error from occurring.

Here’s how you can create a Facebook page on the Facebook app:

  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Tap on the “menu” icon at the bottom navigation bar.
  3. Select “Pages”.
  4. Tap on “Create” to create a new Facebook page.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen until you’ve successfully created a page.
  6. Select your newly created page from the menu.
  7. Tap on Settings at the top-right corner of your screen.
  8. Select Instagram.
  9. Link your Facebook page to your Instagram account again by entering your Instagram login details.

After you’ve linked your newly created Facebook page to your Instagram account, open Instagram.

Once you’re on Instagram, your account should be automatically converted into a business one.

Method #3: Switch one of your accounts to a personal account

Switch to personal account

Next, you can try switching one of your business accounts back to a personal account.

This method is for users who own multiple business accounts.

You might have gotten the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error message because you have too many business accounts.

In order to fix this, you have to switch one of your business accounts to a private account.

Then, try switching your other account to a business account again.

You might have gotten the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error message because you have too many business accounts.

For example, if you have more than 5 business accounts on your Instagram app, you may not be able to switch the next one to a business account.

In order to fix this, you need to switch one of your accounts from a business account to a personal account.

Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Go to one of your accounts’ profile.
  3. Tap on the menu on the top-right corner of your profile.
  4. Tap on “Settings”.
  5. Select “Account”.
  6. Scroll down and select “Switch to personal account” to switch your account to a personal one.

Once you switched one of your accounts to a personal one, the error should be fixed.

After which, you should be able to switch another account to a business account.

Method #4: Contact Facebook support

How to report a problem on Facebook

The final method to fix the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time” error on Instagram is to contact Facebook support.

If all else fails (which is highly unlikely), you can try contacting Facebook support for help.

However, this should be the last resort as it’s always best to try fixing the issue yourself.

Facebook support is incredibly challenging to get a hold of because of their massive user base and understaffed support team.

Nevertheless, there are still multiple ways you can use to contact Facebook support for help.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can contact Facebook support:

  1. Go to Facebook on your desktop.
  2. Click on the arrow icon on the top-right of your screen.
  3. Select “Help & Support”.
  4. Click on “Report a problem”.
  5. Select “Something went wrong”.
  6. Open the “Choose an area” dropdown box and select “Pages”.
  7. Type your message and attach a screenshot of the error message if possible.
  8. Wait for Facebook’s response.

Facebook typically responds in a day to a week.

That being said, you have to be prepared to wait for a while to get a response because Facebook is overwhelmed with reports on a daily basis.

General FAQ

How many Instagram business accounts can you have?

You can have up to 5 Instagram business accounts per device.

If you own 5 Instagram business accounts, you might not be able to switch your next account to a business account.

In order to fix this, you need to switch one of your existing business accounts to a personal account.

Why can’t I turn my Instagram into a business account?

You can’t turn your Instagram into a business account either because of a glitch, or you have more than 5 business accounts.

To turn your Instagram into a business account, you can try relinking your Facebook page to your Instagram account.

Relinking your Facebook page to your Instagram account should automatically turn your Instagram into a business account.

Do Instagram business accounts get less views?

Yes, Instagram business accounts get less views as compared to a personal account.

In terms of engagement, personal accounts tend to have a higher engagement rate as compared to a business account.

This is because a personal account is usually followed by friends and family who care about the person’s content.

On the other hand, a business account is followed by more strangers who care less about the account’s content.

Conclusion

Switching a personal Instagram account to a business account is pretty straightforward.

All you have to do is to go to your profile settings, scroll down, and select “Switch to Business Account”.

However, if you get the “You have reached the limit for the number of businesses you can create at this time”, switching to a business account is a little more challenging.

To recap, you can either fix the error by relinking Facebook, creating a new Facebook page, or switching your Instagram account to a personal one.

If all else fails, you can contact Facebook support by reporting a problem in the app.

Further Reading

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 5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends on Instagram

Author: Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

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