How to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on Instagram

How to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on Instagram

Aries Ikel picture by Aries Ikel·Updated 26 Oct 2022·about 5 minutes

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Download Authenticator App

  • Before we start, download Authenticator App by searching for it in your Apple device's App Store. And make sure to set up Authenticator App by 2Stable as your main Two-Factor Authentication(2FA) option. Here is how to set up it.

    iOS Apple App Badge

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Locate 2FA Settings

  • 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 Settings
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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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Set up 2FA

  • You'll need to choose your security method. Select Authentication app(recommended). Then choose Next

    Set up 2FA
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Save your Instagram Account

  • Authenticator App will automatically choose the Instagram logo and autofill account name and secret key. Confirm it's correct by clicking Save.
    Tip: You can choose the account icon by pressing on add new icon icon

    Save your Instagram Account
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Two-Factor Authentication Code

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

    Two-Factor Authentication Code
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Confirm Code

  • Return to the Instagram app and type the numerical token in the appropriate field. When done tap Next.

    Confirm Code
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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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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I get the authentication app for Instagram?

    Go to your Apple device's App Store and search for Authenticator App for Instagram or if you can't find it in the App Store, click this button Download on App Store

  • How do I get the 6-digit code from Authenticator app?

    To receive a 6-digit code on your device via Authenticator App, you'll need to copy the given key from the Instagram app and enter it in the Authenticator App to link it to Instagram.

  • How to get back a hacked Instagram account?

    The first thing to do is to check for an email from Instagram indicating that the email address associated with your account has been changed. This is the easiest way for hackers to gain access of your Instagram account. However, if you can find the email, you can reverse the action right away.

  • Authenticator codes stopped working? How to fix this issue.

    If Authenticator App codes not working, this issue might be related to your device's time sync problem. To fix it, turn on Set Automatically in Settings > General > Date & Time. This will set your date and time automatically based on your time zone.

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