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

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Have you ever tried to switch your Instagram profile to a business account, only to be hit with the frustrating "limit reached" error message? I‘ve been there myself, so I totally understand how annoying it is.

The good news is this problem is absolutely fixable if you know the right troubleshooting steps. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through exactly why you‘re seeing the business limit error, the best solutions to fix it, and some pro tips to avoid issues in the future.

As a long-time Instagram marketing geek and analytical thinker, I‘ve researched this error inside and out to discover the most effective fixes. So let‘s dive in and get your personal profile successfully switched to a business account!

Why You‘re Getting the Dreaded "Limit Reached" Message

Before we fix it, we need to understand exactly why Instagram is blocking your business conversion attempt. There are two main reasons this error pops up:

You Already Have 5 Active Business Profiles

The first common cause is you‘ve hit the platform‘s limit of 5 business accounts per user. Here‘s a quick breakdown of how it works:

  • Instagram allows every user to have up to 5 active business profiles connected to one app or device installation.
  • This 5 account cap applies across both iOS and Android operating systems.
  • If you already have 5 business accounts connected to your Instagram app, trying to convert another personal profile will trigger the "limit reached" error.

According to Instagram‘s policies, this 5 account limit helps crack down on business profile misuse, spamming activity, and other violations.

But even if you have the best intentions, you‘ll still hit the conversion block when you reach your 5 business account quota.

A Random Technical Glitch or Bug

The second cause for this error is some type of random glitch or bug. Many users report getting the limit reached message when trying to convert their very first Instagram profile to a business account.

Clearly in these cases, it‘s not due to already having 5 business profiles. More likely it‘s just some type of technical hiccup on Instagram‘s end temporarily causing the error.

No platform‘s systems are 100% foolproof, so occasional annoying bugs like this do pop up. Fortunately, this cause of the problem is also fixable too!

Now let‘s go over the top solutions to resolve this business limit error, whether you‘ve hit your account limit or are just encountering a random bug.

Helpful Solutions to Fix the Instagram Limit Error

Once you determine the cause, you can start troubleshooting using one of these proven methods to successfully switch your account to a business profile:

Quick Fix #1: Downgrade Existing Business Accounts

If you‘ve already got 5 active business accounts, the quickest fix is to downgrade one back to a personal profile. Here are the steps:

  • Open the Instagram app and go to the profile page of the business account you want to downgrade.

  • Tap the three line menu icon in the top right corner.

  • Select "Settings" from the menu.

  • Choose "Account".

  • Scroll down and tap on "Switch to Personal Account".

Switching just one account temporarily frees up a business profile slot. You can then immediately try converting your intended personal profile again without hitting the 5 account limit.

Pro Tip: When choosing an existing business account to downgrade, pick one you use less frequently or find less useful. This minimizes the impact of losing business features on that profile.

Quick Fix #2: Create a New Facebook Page

Since 2016, all Instagram business accounts require being connected to a Facebook page in order to activate.

If you don‘t already have an eligible Facebook page, try creating a new one:

  • Open the Facebook mobile app and tap on the "Pages" tab in the menu.

  • Tap on "Create New Page".

  • Follow the on-screen steps to create your new page. Make sure to choose a page category relevant to your target business or brand.

  • Give your page a unique name and fill in key details like the business description.

Once your new Facebook page is created, it‘s time to connect it:

  • Go to your Instagram profile and tap the three line menu icon.

  • Select "Settings">"Account">"Switch to Business Account".

  • When prompted, select your newly created Facebook page to connect.

This quick fix should allow you to connect and convert your Instagram profile to a business account without any pesky limit errors.

Pro Tip: You can create 5 Facebook pages per account. So if you already have 5 active FB pages, you may need to delete one first before creating your new connecting page.

If your Instagram profile is already connected to an eligible Facebook page, try unlinking the page and re-linking it:

  • Open the Facebook app and go to your connected page‘s settings.

  • Under "Instagram", tap on "Disconnect" to unlink it.

  • Then tap on "Connect Account" and re-enter your Instagram login email and password info when prompted.

Essentially this resets the connection, which often resolves any lingering bugs causing business conversion issues. Re-linking the same Facebook page acts as a refresh.

Pro Tip: Before unlinking your Facebook page, make sure you know your Instagram login email and password. This ensures you can easily re-link the page after disconnecting.

Last Resort: Contact Instagram Support

If you‘ve tried all the quick fixes above and still get the conversion error, it‘s time to bring in the experts themselves – the Instagram support team.

Here are the steps to reach out for assistance:

  • Open the Instagram app and go to your profile page.

  • Tap the three line menu icon and scroll down to select "Help".

  • Choose "Something Else" > "Get Support".

  • Select the contact topic that best matches your issue and explain the problem you‘re experiencing.

Since it‘s their platform, Instagram support can look under the hood to diagnose any account-specific bugs preventing your business conversion. They may be able to fix glitches or override restrictions on their back end.

Pro Tip: When contacting Instagram support, provide as much helpful context as possible like screenshots of the error. The more details you provide, the better they can troubleshoot and resolve your issue.

Handy Tips to Avoid Conversion Issues in the Future

Once you successfully switch your intended profile over to a business account, follow these tips to avoid running into the 5 account limit again down the road:

Only Convert Profiles You Really Need as Business Accounts

Don‘t switch personal profiles over to business just for the sake of it. Converting a profile counts toward your 5 account limit, even if you end up rarely using it for business purposes.

Delete Old or Unused Business Accounts

If you have old business profiles you no longer need, delete them. This opens up slots for new business conversions under the 5 account ceiling. Out with the old, in with the new!

Use Separate Instagram Apps for Extra Business Profiles

Remember, the 5 account limit applies per Instagram app installation. If you need more than 5 business profiles, use separate Instagram apps on different mobile devices for additional accounts beyond your 5 main ones.

Double Check You Actually Need Business Profile Tools

Some personal profiles already have access to certain business features like Instagram shopping. Before converting, verify the profile really needs the full suite of business tools.

Avoid Repeatedly Switching Accounts Between Business and Personal

Frequently converting the same profiles back and forth risks hitting snags. Pick business or personal and try to stick with it to avoid potential bugs popping up.

Key Takeaways and Next Steps

To wrap up, getting the "limit reached" error when trying to convert your Instagram profile to a business account is frustrating but very fixable. The most common solutions are:

  • Downgrading existing business profiles to open up slots
  • Creating and connecting a new Facebook page
  • Unlinking and re-linking your connected Facebook page
  • Contacting Instagram support for specialized help

Now you‘re armed with several proven methods to finally switch your personal profile over to a business account. Remember to be selective when converting profiles in the future to avoid hitting Instagram‘s 5 account limit again.

I hope this guide gave you the deep knowledge and actionable solutions needed to troubleshoot this annoying Instagram error. Just stick with the fix that works best for your specific situation. Here‘s to smooth sailing with your new Instagram business profile!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.