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 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.

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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