What's two-factor authentication and how does it work on Instagram?
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 profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap more options in the top right, then tap 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.
Other Useful Resources
  • 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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