Keeping Instagram Safe

To help keep Instagram safe, we've added support for additional account security and sensitive-content screens on certain posts that contain graphic content:

Two-factor authentication is a security feature. When two-factor authentication is on, every time you log into Instagram from an unknown device you'll be asked to enter an SMS security code or backup code in addition to your username and password.

To turn two-factor authentication on:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Require Security Code to move to the on position
  4. If your account doesn't have a confirmed phone number, you'll be asked to enter a phone number. After entering the phone number, tap Next.
  5. A code will be sent to you. Enter that code and tap Next.

Note: After you've turned on two-factor authentication, you'll be able to access backup codes for your account. If you don't receive an SMS security code during the two-factor authentication login process, you'll still be able to log into your account by using a backup code. Learn more about backup codes.

To turn two-factor authentication off:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Require Security Code to move to the off position
  4. Then tap Turn Off at the bottom of the message that appears

Keep in mind that you must have a confirmed telephone number for your Instagram account to use two-factor authentication. When you enter a telephone number to turn on two-factor authentication it will become the confirmed number for your account.

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When two-factor authentication is on, every time you log into Instagram from an unknown device you'll be asked to enter a backup code or a SMS security code in addition to your username and password.

If an SMS security code can't be sent due to connectivity or SMS delivery issues, you'll still be able to complete the two-step authentication process with a backup code.

To get a list of backup codes for your account:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Get Backup Codes

To cancel your current backup codes and get a new set of codes:

  1. Go to your profile and tap (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner
  2. Scroll down and tap Two-Factor Authentication
  3. Tap Get Backup Codes
  4. Tap Get New Codes

Keep in mind that you must be logged in to your Instagram account to access the list of backup codes or get a new list. You should copy the codes to your clipboard, take a screenshot of them or save them in some other way so that they're available when you log into Instagram

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To help people avoid posts they'd rather not see, we may limit the visibility of certain posts that have been flagged by the Instagram community for containing sensitive content.

Photos and videos containing sensitive or graphic content may appear with a warning to let people know about the content before they view it. This warning appears when viewing a post in Feed or on someone's profile.

You can learn more about how we respond to sensitive content in our Community Guidelines. If you see something that you don't think belongs on Instagram, you can report it.

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