How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Kryshla - @shallwesocial

Apr 14, 2020 - 2 min read

It is every Instagram account owner’s worst nightmare: Being hacked. Imagine losing the ability to connect with your fans, followers and friends overnight or, worse still, your account being appropriated for sinister purposes.

Why you need Two-factor authentication on Instagram

While it may not be possible to deter the most determined cyber scoundrels, in under a minute, you can increase your account security by enabling Instagram’s Two-factor authentication.

What is Two-factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication is a security feature to protect user credentials. When set up, you will be asked for a special code or receive a message whenever a login attempt is made from a device that Instagram doesn’t recognise.

How to turn on Two-factor authentication on Instagram:

Step 1. Open your Instagram profile and click the Menu icon in the top right

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Step 2. Tap ‘Settings’ > ‘Security’ > ‘Two-factor authentication’

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Tap "settings"

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Tap "Security"

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Tap "Two-factor authentication

Step 3. Choose your security method

Tap the toggle switch next to the Text message (SMS) option or select login codes from a 3rd party authentication app

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Toggle the switches to "on"

How to Enable Two Factor Authentication on Instagram

Tap "Next"

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Step 4. Enter code Instagram sent you

Instagram will send you a code via your chosen security method. Enter to complete the set-up process and hit ‘Next’

Step 5. Save your recovery codes

You will now receive a list of recovery codes to use if your phone is unavailable. Screenshot these and save somewhere you can access without your mobile phone.

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