How To Turn On Two-Factor Authentication On Instagram: Instagram is the latest application to get two-factor authentication. This feature was much awaited for so long, that people have almost forgotten about it. You do not have to update the Instagram application to get the feature. Two-factor authentication on Instagram will work with your phone number. Whenever you will sign into an application with your Instagram account, you will have to enter an 8 digit code in order to verify your identity. This code will be sent to the phone number Instagram has on record for your account. We at androidtoptips.com will show you how to turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram.
How To Turn On Two-Factor Authentication On Instagram
- First, you will need to Open the Instagram application on your phone.
- Now tap on your profile tab
- Then tap the cogwheel button which is at the top to go to your account settings.
- Now tap on ‘Two-Factor Authentication’ option on the settings screen.
The Two-Factor Authentication screen has 1 option, to begin with; it Requires Security Code. So when you enable it, it will take to the Confirmation screen. The confirmation screen will have an input field to enter the confirmation code. Below the confirmation code field, you can view the phone number the code will be sent to. If it’s wrong, tap on ‘Change it’ to enter a new number.
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Now Simply enter the code in order to turn on two-factor authentication on Instagram.
Once you have turned on two-factor authentication on Instagram, the two-factor authentication screen will Show list of five backup codes. These codes help you to authenticate your identity if in case you’re unable to receive a text message. Imagine where you have WiFi but no phone coverage. You can simply use one of these codes instated of the verification code.
Be sure these codes are normally meant for one-time use. You need to keep them safe. You can also get new codes if in case you lost the first five ones. For that, you need to tap on ‘Get New Codes’ option in order to get a new list of codes.
Instagram will suggest you copy these codes and save them in your phone or you can take a screenshot. I would not recommend taking a screenshot of these codes. If in case you have an application like Dropbox installed on your phone, you might accidentally upload these screenshot to your account.
Turn off two-factor authentication on Instagram
You can also turn off two-factor authentication any time you wish. Just Go to the account settings and then tap Two-factor authentication. Now Turn the Require Security Code (switch off).
You won’t need to verify your identity in order to turn off two-factor authentication on Instagram. This means even a child can turn off two-factor authentication of your Instagram account if they were given access to your phone.
Note: Two-factor authentication is available for all Instagram users.