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 that helps protect your Instagram account and your password. If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll receive a notification or be asked to enter a special login code when someone tries logging into your account from a device we don't recognize.

To turn on two-factor authentication from the Instagram app:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Get Started at the bottom.
  5. Choose the security method you want to add and follow the on-screen instructions.

When you set up two-factor authentication on Instagram, you’ll be asked to choose one of two security methods:

You'll need to have at least one of these set up in order to use two-factor authentication.

Note: After you've turned on two-factor authentication, you'll be able to see login requests, remove trusted devices and access backup codes for your account if you have issues receiving a recovery code. Learn more about recovery codes.

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  • If you haven't marked the device you're using as a trusted device, you can do so when you log in from that device using two-factor authentication. This way you won't have to enter a security code when you log in again. Trusted devices are any device that you've already signed in to using two-factor authentication and have marked as trusted by tapping Trust this device.
  • Keep in mind that you shouldn’t tap Trust this device if you're using a public or shared device that other people you may not know can access.
  • To set up text message (SMS) two-factor authentication, you can either use a mobile number that’s already been added to your account or add a new number.
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If you've turned on two-factor authentication and a code can't be sent due to connectivity or delivery issues, you'll still be able to complete the process with a recovery code.

To get a list of recovery codes for your account:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Additional Methods.
  5. Tap Backup Codes.

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

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication.
  4. Tap Backup Codes, then tap Get New Codes.

Keep in mind that you must be logged in to your Instagram account to access the list of recovery 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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