Instagram: Here’s How to Turn On Two-Factor Authentication

Using this feature helps keep your account safe

Instagram has offered two-factor authentication since 2016
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Did you know Instagram allows you to turn on two-factor authentication as a way to keep your account safe? With this feature turned on, anytime you login to Instagram from an unknown device, you’ll need to enter a security code (sent via text message) to prove you’re the owner of the account.

Our guide will show you how to turn on two-factor authentication within the Instagram mobile application.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram app on iOS.

Step 1: Tap the profile button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Tap the gear icon near the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Under “Account,” tap “Two-Factor Authentication.”

Step 4: Tap the toggle next to “Require Security Code.”

Step 5: Tap “Turn On” in the confirmation window that appears.

Step 6: If you already have a confirmed phone number on your account, a text message will be sent to that number containing a security code that must be entered in the Instagram app. If you don’t have a confirmed phone number on your account, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number before the code can be sent. Either way, once you receive a code, enter it on this screen.

Step 7: Tap “Done.” Note: The security code in our screenshot is an example. Yours will be different.

From here, you’ll be taken to a screen containing backup codes that you can use to access your account if you ever fail to receive a text message containing a security code during the two-factor authentication login process. The app will let you take a screenshot of these codes so that you can view them outside of the app.

If you ever need to view your backup codes again later on, you can do so by following Steps 1-3 above to return to the two-factor authentication screen and tapping “Get Backup Codes.”