Instagram: how to activate two-factor authentication

Are you trying in every way to protect your account to avoid theft but you don’t know what to do and where to start? Have you ever heard of 2FA? This is a very useful feature for people like you who are looking for a quick and safe way to protect their account.

If you don’t know what it is, don’t worry, just relax and try to devote some of your free time to reading this article. In the past, I showed you how to do it on Facebook through the code generator, while in the next few paragraphs I will show you, step by step, how to activate two-factor authentication on Instagram .

By following all the instructions I will give you in this guide, you will be able to protect your account and prevent third parties from accessing your personal profile. To proceed with this security function you can choose two possible ways: that of receiving the security codes directly on your mobile with an SMS or that of receiving them from an authentication app like like Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator.

You will see, two-factor authentication is very simple to implement and will make your life easier, it is no coincidence that in the past I have already shown you how to activate it on WhatsApp. Well, I would say not to get lost in further talk and to start immediately with our tutorial. Make yourself comfortable and read carefully the following to activate this type of control for the Instagram app from your smartphone.

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What is ‘two-factor authentication of Instagram

Before going into the heart of this guide I want to clear your ideas a bit on the topic we are going to deal with. Do you know what two-factor authentication is ? Two-factor authentication is nothing more than a simple but valid one security feature .

If you enable two-factor authentication on your mobile device, you will be prompted to enter a special passcode or confirm the attempt to login every time someone tries to access Instagram with your account from an unrecognized device .

I’ll give you an example. If someone tries to steal your Instagram account by entering with your credentials from one of their devices, they will need to know and then enter the security code which will arrive exclusively on your phone number via SMS (if you have chosen this method for receiving security codes).

This way account thieves who try to access your Instagram profile without authorization will have a short life! From now on, your account is only accessible to you on a registered device or on the web.

How? When you want to access Instagram from a new device for the first time (if for example you have purchased a new smartphone or a new computer), you must provide two precise information: the password and the verification code to six digits.

As I mentioned a few lines above, this number is automatically displayed by an authentication application or is sent to your phone number via SMS. Simply enter the code and confirm that you have authorized the new device to access the account in question. Easy right?

Read on to find out all the steps required to activate two-factor authentication on Instagram from Android and iOS mobile devices.

How to activate two-factor authentication on Instagram from Android

If you have decided to protect your Instagram account by choosing two-factor authentication, the steps you need to put into practice using an Android device are really very simple and quick. Smartphone at least and follow these instructions:

  • Open the app of Instagram from your device
  • Log in to the account
  • Tap on your profile picture
  • Tap on the symbol of the three lines you see in top right
  • Press on Settings
  • Select the item Security
  • In the new menu press on Two-Factor Authentication
  • Tap Start

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Now you need to choose whether to opt for receiving security codes via SMS or using a third-party authentication app to receive access codes.

  • Move the lever next to Sms to the right to activate the function and receive the security codes via SMS
  • Alternatively move the lever next to the Authentication app item
  • Follow the instructions displayed on the screen
  • If you have not confirmed the phone number in your account you will be prompted to enter one
  • Once you have entered the phone number, tap on Next
  • If you have chosen to use a third party authentication app enter the confirmation code sent from the app in question to complete the procedure
  • Tap End

Well, successful! As you may have realized, the procedure was really very simple to perform and didn’t take you who knows how long.

How to activate two-factor authentication on Instagram from iPhone / iPad iOS

To activate the two-factor authentication function on Instagram using an iOS mobile device (iPhone or iPad), the operations to follow are very simple and practically similar to those I illustrated in the paragraph previous one. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the Instagram app from your iOS device
  • Sign in to your account
  • Tap on your profile picture
  • Tap on the symbol of the three lines you see at the top of right
  • Press on Settings
  • Select the item Security
  • In the new menu press on Two-factor authentication
  • Tap Start

You have reached the decisive moment in which you will have to choose whether to receive security codes via SMS or an authentication application such as Duo Mobile or Google Authenticator.

  • Move the switch next to Sms to the right to activate the function and receive the security codes via SMS
  • Alternatively, move the lever next to Authentication app
  • Time s follow the instructions displayed on the screen
  • If you have not confirmed the phone number in your account you will be prompted to enter one
  • Once you have entered the phone number, tap on Next
  • Alternatively, if you have chosen to use a third party authentication app enter the confirmation code sent by the app in question to complete the procedure
  • Now tap End

A no-brainer right? As you will have realized by reading and following the steps I have illustrated to you, the procedure in question is really very simple and certainly does not require the intervention of a technician or a tech brain. All you need is a little patience and a few minutes of your time.

Conclusions

As you will have understood by reading this guide, enable authentication to two factors on Instagram from a mobile device is really very simple. After putting into practice all the tips I suggested in the previous paragraphs and choosing which method to receive the security codes, you can finally feel more comfortable.

Once logged in, you will not be no longer asked for the security code on that device. Remember, though, that if you have chosen to receive security codes from an authentication app and subsequently choose to uninstall the Instagram application, the link you created will skip.

In this case, then , when you go to install the Instagram app on your mobile again, you will no longer be able to log in with the security codes of the authentication app. For this reason, I highly recommend that you download the Instagram recovery codes and save them somewhere . Is everything clear?

Well, we’ve come to the end of this guide. I hope that what I read was useful, if you have any doubts or if you need more information, do not hesitate to contact me. I’ll be happy to help you out!

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