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How to set up 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) on Instagram?

On Instagram, sharing and socializing are at the heart of the experience. However, remember that the security of your account is paramount, especially if you're using the platform for business. The risk of unauthorized access is real - from hackers aiming to steal personal information to pranksters looking to cause harm. 

Enabling Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) on Instagram is like adding a strong padlock to your digital door. It significantly enhances your account's security by introducing an extra step in the login process, ensuring that your private moments and memories remain private.

Understanding the Benefits of 2FA

The primary benefit of 2FA is its added layer of security. Even if someone can guess or steal your password, they still require a second piece of information to access your account. This drastically reduces the risk of unauthorized access, giving you peace of mind and protecting your personal data and interactions on Instagram.

Step-by-Step Guide to Activating 2FA on Instagram

Open Instagram and Navigate to Settings

  1. Tap on your profile picture to go to your profile
  2. Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu) in the top right corner
  3. Select 'Settings and privacy'
  4. Select 'Account Center'
  5. Select 'Password and Security' and then 'Two-Factor Authentication'

Choose Your Authentication Method

Instagram offers various methods for 2FA:

  1. Authentication App: Generate codes using apps like "Google Authenticator" or "Authy"

If you Choose "Authentication App":

Step 1: Tap “Next” to be directed to App Store/Google Play.

Step 2: Download the recommended app by Instagra.

Step 3: Go back to Instagram and continue the process by following the instructions.

Step 4: You will be requested to enter your login code. At this moment a small pop-up window will allow you to use Duo Mobile to get a code. Tap Duo Mobile.

Step 5: Check the 6-digit code that Duo Mobile generated and enter it on your Instagram.

Step 6: Great! Now your 2FA is On.

Step 7: Tap Done. You will then be directed to your Recovery Codes, Take a screenshot of them, print them, and keep them in a safe place.

2. Via WhatsApp - Instagram sends the code via WhaysApp

Step 1: Choose "WhatsApp"

Step 2: Check your WhatsApp account and search for the 6-digit code from Instagram’s WhatsApp number.

Step 3: Enter the code and tap “Next”.

Step 4: Instagram Two-Factor Authentication is on.

Step 5: Tap Done. Then you will be directed to your Recovery Codes, Take a screenshot of them, print them, and keep them in a safe place.

3. Via Text Message - Code is sent to your phone number as a SMS

Step 1: Choose “Text Message” on.

Step 2: Enter Your Phone Number and tap “Confirm”.

Step 3: Open the app and follow the instructions.

Step 4: Enter the 6-digit code and tap next.

Backup Codes

  • Upon successful activation of 2FA, Instagram will provide backup codes
  • Save these codes in a secure place. They are crucial if you lose access to your primary 2FA method

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Not Receiving SMS: Ensure your phone number is correct and check for network issues
  • Issues with Authentication App: Ensure the app is correctly installed and synced. Time discrepancies can cause codes to be invalid

Maintaining Your Account's Security

  • Regularly update your security settings and review your authentication methods
  • Keep your recovery and contact information up to date
  • Be vigilant about the emails and messages you receive, avoiding phishing attempts


Activating Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram is essential in securing your digital life. It's a small effort for a significant gain in protecting your account from unauthorized access. Remember, the digital world is continuously evolving, and staying ahead in terms of security is key to enjoying a safe and worry-free social media experience. Regularly review and update your security settings to ensure you're always protected.

Spikerz can significantly enhance the security of your Instagram account. With its advanced AI-driven technology, Spikerz actively monitors for suspicious activities and potential breaches, adding an extra layer of security. This complements Instagram's 2FA, further reducing the risk of unauthorized access and protecting your data and interactions on the platform. By using Spikerz, you ensure a safer and more secure experience on Instagram, protecting your digital life against evolving cyber threats.

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