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How to enable 2FA for Instagram

28 Apr 2021 - by Aries Ikel

Important: If any sites prompt you to use Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication, note you can always substitute it with Authenticator by 2Stable. Although they work in similar ways, Authenticator by 2Stable is more feature-rich and allows for multi-device syncing, iCloud-backups, and have easier account recovery in case you lose your device or just want to switch to a new one.
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Download Authenticator by 2Stable

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Locate 2FA Setting

  • Open your Instagram app on your mobile device. Tap on your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile, then tap (3 bars icon) in the top right.

    Locate 2FA Setting
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Next Page

  • Look for the gear symbol and go in Settings

    Next Page
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Next Page

  • Move through the next screens by tapping Security > Two-factor authentication > Get Started.

    Next Page
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Enable 2FA

  • You’ll need to choose your security method. Select Authentication app.

    Enable 2FA
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Setup 2FA

  • Your Instagram app will now ask to open authenticator app (in your case, Authenticator by 2Stable). Tap Open and go to the next step.

    Setup 2FA
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Save account

  • Authenticator App will automatically choose the Instagram logo and autofill account name and secret key. Confirm it’s correct by clicking Save.

    Save account
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Two-Factor Authentication Code

  • Record the numerical token provided for Instagram. Note that this code refreshes every 30 seconds.

    Two-Factor Authentication Code
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Complete Enablement

  • Returning to the Instagram app, enter the numerical token in the appropriate field. When done tap Next.

    Complete Enablement
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Recovery codes

  • Your Instagram account is now protected. Press on Next, you are presented with access to your backup codes. Each code can only be used once. We suggest you to store them digitally in a safe place. Press Done and that's all.

    Recovery codes

You’re all set! You’ve enabled Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for your Instagram account. To learn more, visit the Instagram support page. Stay safe!

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Note: If you haven't set up two-factor authentication or you don't have access to your Instagram account, please contact Instagram support directly.