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How to set up two-factor authentication on Instagram

Instagram's features are constantly being updated, with new features being added and old ones discontinued. In our “Instagram Guides,” we’ll look at Instagram, explain its new and old features, and show you how to get the most out of the platform for your marketing strategy. Today: Here's how to set up two-factor authentication on Instagram.

Two-factor authentication is a security feature. Once you set up two-step authentication, every time someone tries to access your profile from a device Instagram doesn't recognize, you'll be prompted to enter a special login code or confirm the login attempt.

There are different two-factor authentication options you can use on your Instagram account. Decide which option you want to use when you set up two-step authentication:

  1. SMS codes via your smartphone.
  2. Login codes via a third-party authentication app, such as Google Authenticator.

You must set up at least one of these options to use two-step authentication.

Note: If you have two-step authentication enabled, you can access recovery codes for your account if you have trouble obtaining a code.

What is a recovery code and how do I use it on Instagram?

If you have two-factor authentication enabled and a code can't be sent due to connection or delivery issues, you can still complete the process with a recovery code.

We'll show you how to retrieve a list of recovery codes for your account:

1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your personal profile.

2. Tap on the menu in the top right corner and then tap on "Settings."

3. Tap "Security" and then tap "Two-step authentication."

4. Tap "Recovery Codes."

Here's how to delete your current recovery codes and retrieve new ones:

1. Tap your profile picture on the bottom right to go to your personal profile.

2. Tap on the menu in the top right corner and then tap on "Settings."

3. Tap "Security" and then "Two-step authentication."

4. Tap "Recovery codes" and then tap "Get new codes."

Note that you need to be logged in to your Instagram account to access this list of recovery codes or retrieve a new list. Copy the codes to your clipboard, take a screenshot of the codes, or save them in another way so that you can access them when you log in to Instagram.

Conclusion: A useful precaution for individuals and businesses

Two-factor authentication is an important security setting for individuals and also for businesses to make it difficult for third parties to access their accounts. Storrito helps with the creation of Instagram Stories. The platform can be used within a team to create and schedule Stories.

Tobias ManrothAuthor image
Tobias Manroth
CMO at Storrito

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