Instagram logo on phoneSource: Joe Maring / iMore

With Instagram's two-factor authentication tool, your account is protected by an additional layer of security. Instead of simply entering your password, with two-factor authentication, you must also input a code whenever you attempt to access your Instagram account on a new device. Here's how to do it.

How to set up two-factor authentication for Instagram

  1. Tap the Instagram app on your iPhone Home screen.
  2. Choose the menu icon at the top right of the Instagram Profile page.
  3. Select Settings on the menu.

    To set up two-factor authentication for Instagram, tap the Instagram app on your iPhone Home screen, then choose the menu icon at the top right of the Instagram Profile page. From there, select Settings on the menu. Source: iMore

  4. Tap Security.
  5. Select Two-Factor Authentication.
  6. Choose Get Started.

    To set up two-factor authentication for Instagram, tap Security, then select Two-Factor Authentication. Next, choose Get Started.Source: iMore

You will now need to decide which way to use two-factor authentication for Instagram. The two choices are Text Message or Authentication App.

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Using text message for authentication

  1. Toggle on Text Message.
  2. Enter the six-digit code sent to your mobile phone via text.
  3. Tap Next.

    To authenticate through a text message, toggle on Text Message, then enter the six-digit code you've received through your mobile phone. Tap Next, then follow additional directions.Source: iMore

Follow the additional directions.

Using a mobile app for authentication

Before following these steps, be sure to download the free Google Authenticator app on your iPhone.

  1. From Instagram, toggle on Authentication App.
  2. Tap Next.
  3. Select Open from the pop-up box. Take note of the six-digit authentication code for Instagram in the Google Authenticator app. The number changes every 30 seconds.

    To authenticate through the Google Authenticator tool, toggle on Authentication App, then tap Next. In the pop-up, select Open.Source: IMore

  4. Back in the Instagram app, add the six-digit code.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Select Next again. Take note of the recovery codes. These numbers will help you open Instagram in case you don't have access to the Google Authenticator app in the future.
  7. Choose Done.

    To authenticate through the Google Authenticator tool, go back into the Instagram app, then add the six-digit code that you saw in the Google app. From there, tap Next, then Next again. End by tapping Done.Source: iMore

Questions?

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