Two-Factor Authentication for Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication for Instagram

If you have been wondering about your security and privacy on Instagram, then your Instagram must have sensitive and private information on it, especially if it is a business. An excellent solution for this is to create a two-factor authentication or 2 step verification process for your Instagram account, and Instagram provides this.  

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2FA or Two-factor authentication on Instagram is like a security gate located on your Instagram account, and it is a strong combination of random characters that will only be shown to the account owner. This is a special security code for your Instagram account.

If you have a username and password, then why should you have another? Just more security. When you have a 2FA code, there are more steps in security, just like the name says, to be able to access your account:

1. Username and password

2. Two-factor authentication code for Instagram

How to set up 2 step verification on your Instagram account

There are two ways that you can set up the two-factor authentication on your Instagram account:

1. Enabling authentication on the app with a security code generator on Instagram

2. Text Message

When you go to turn on 2FA on Instagram, the app will ask you to choose one of these ways as the primary way for you to access your account.

Below are both of them.

Setting up Text Message (SMS) Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram:

1. Open Instagram and got to settings

2. Tap on security

3. Tap on Two-Factor Authentication

4. Tap to Get Started

5. Turn Text message button on

6. Enter in your phone number and tap on next

7. Enter into the code and then tap on next

8. Tap on Done

Be sure that you save or screenshot your recovery codes and stick them somewhere where they will be safe.

How to Disable Two-Factor Authentication Text Message on Instagram

To disable the text message 2FA, you will follow these steps:

1. Tap on Settings

2. Tap on Security

3. Tap on Two-Factor Authentication

4. Tap on Text Message Off

If you are able to have access to your account, you can also turn off the 2FA at any time.

Setting up Two-factor authentication using an authentication app

1. Tap on Settings

2. Tap on Security

3. Tap on Two-factor authentication

4. Tap to Get Started

5. Tap to turn on Authentication App

6. Select to Set up manually or install an app to continue

How to activate Two-factor authentication using the authentication app

If you have decided to install the authentication app:

1. Tap open

2. Download the recommended app by Instagram

3. Open the app and follow the instructions

4. Enter the code that has been generated by Instagram.

Each time that you log into your app, you will be asked to enter this particular code. Be sure that you keep it somewhere safe

Note: The app that is recommended by Instagram will be for your region

If you have decided to set the authentication up manually:

1. Copy the key

2. Tap on Next

3. Enter the key into the authentication app

4. The app will create a 6 digit code.

5. Once you have gotten this code, go back to Instagram and enter the code

6. Click on next

The 2FA is now on.

You can even set up the code manually, but that does not mean that you do not need the app.

Turning Off 2FA through Security Code Generator for Instagram

If you want to disable the 2FA through the app:

1. Tap on settings

2. Tap on security

3. Tap two-factor authentication

4. Tap off

How to recover your Instagram account with a lost two-factor authentication code

Captchas restrict your access to Instagram by allowing you to access Instagram only from your phone. If you wait until your phone is lost and don't write down the one-time code provided above, then you can find some solutions.

-The solution may be to retrieve the lost phone number: call your line operator or contact them in person to get the number. Keep in mind that this method may work if you use the first method to configure the two-factor authentication process on Instagram. (Via SMS)

-Get help from Instagram support: If you have an Instagram username and password, please contact Instagram and ask to restore your account. This may take several days.


Instagram's two-factor authentication process does have problems, but it also saves you from having to worry about the security of your account. Just make sure you keep the code in a safe place to avoid future issues when logging in with Instagram.

February 14, 2020
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