Two-factor authentication on Instagram helps secure your account and information, and there are two ways to set it up.

You can set up two-factor authentication on Instagram in two ways.
  • One way is to use your cell phone to register your phone number to receive a text message with a unique code to gain access to your account.
  • You can also set up two-factor authentication on Instagram using a third-party app.

Any social media user will tell you how important securing your account is. Hackers and spammers have become a lot more sophisticated, so platforms like Instagram have encouraged users to enable two-factor authentication an extra level of security connecting your account with two or more devices before you’re granted access.

On Instagram, there are two ways you can enable two-factor authentication. The first, and by far the easiest, is your cell phone number. When you log into your Instagram account, it will send a text message to your phone with a unique code. The second is with a third-party authentication app.

Here’s how to do both.

1. Open the Instagram app on your device.

2. Go to your profile by tapping the profile icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.

3. Select the three horizontal lines icon in the top right corner.

5. In the Settings menu, select “Security.”

6. Under “Login Security,” tap to select “Two-Factor Authentication.”

7. Select “Get Started.”

8. Select “Text Message.”

9. Enter your phone number and then select “Next.”

10. Enter the code sent to your phone and then select “Next.”

11. Once you’ve entered the correct code sent to your device, your two-factor authentication should now be active. Instagram will also give you a list of codes you can use when you don’t have access to your phone, so be sure to take a screenshot or save wherever you keep your password manager.

1. Open the Instagram app on your device.

2. Go to your profile by tapping the profile icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.

3. Select the three horizontal lines icon in the top right corner.

4. Select “Settings.”

5. Select “Security.”

6. Select “Two-Factor Authentication” from the menu options.

7. Select “Get Started.”

8. Select “Authentication App.”

10. Once the app is done downloading, a pop-up will take you to the third-party two-factor authentication app to retrieve an access code.

11. Copy the code from the third-party app and then return to Instagram and paste it in the text field.

12. Now you will be registered with the third-party app so that anytime you log into your Instagram account, a code will be sent to the app for verification.