How To Activate Instagram Two-Factor Authentication


We will be teaching you how to activate your Instagram Two-Factor Authentication for an extra layer of security on your Instagram account.

Instagram is social photo-sharing platform we all love and use. With all the pictures and probably videos you might have uploaded to the platform, have you stopped to think of what could happen if someone gets hold of your account? Your username and password?

For people like me with just a couple of photos and no Videos, it probably won't hurt much and I'll be able to just shrug it off and go open another account. But what if you have amassed a lot of followers? Or you are a public figure? Or a brand? Opening another might not be idle in that kind of situation. This is why anyone who wants to protect his/her Instagram account needs to activate Instagram Two-Factor Authentication.

What Is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-Factor Authentication also know as 2FA, Two Step verification or TFA is an extra layer of security just like the fingerprint scanner on most smartphones these days. The Two-Factor Authentication makes it a lot more difficult for hackers to get hold of your Instagram as it requires you to verify yourself by providing you with an information you, and only you will know or have access to.

This information might be a PIN, Password or Code Word. The information can be sent via a lot of means; Through SMS, Email, Physical Mail etc.

How To Activate Instagram Two-Factor Authentication

Instagram has SMS route which means upon activation of the Instagram Two-Factor Authentication, an SMS will be sent to the Phone Number attached to your Instagram account anytime you want to log in on a new device. This SMS will contain a PIN which you will have to input in order to have access to your Instagram account after providing your username and password.

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To activate this, Follow the steps below.

  • Make sure your Instagram App is Up-to-date. If not, head Straight to your respective app stores and update.
  • Now Launch the app and Navigate to your Profile section. (Tap the profile icon at the bottom right corner of the screen)

  • Click on the Three Dots at the top right corner to access the Settings Menu.

  • Scroll Down, Look for Two-Factor Authentication and Click On It.

  • Now Turn it on by Sliding the slider to the right and Click On Turn On.

  • An SMS will be sent to the phone number attached to that Instagram account. Input the phone number in the space provided and hit the arrow Button at the top right corner.

That's it. You've successfully activated Instagram Two-Factor Authentication on your account.

Instagram also saves a screenshot of other PINs on your phone gallery. These PINs can be used for verification when next you log from a different phone and don't have access to the phone number attached to your Instagram account.

Make sure you write down the Numbers, just to be extra safe.


There you have it. How to activate and use Instagram Two-Factor Authentication on your account for extra security. Got questions about this article? Let us know about it in the comment section Down below.

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