Instagram stores a lot of user information due to its popularity as a photo-sharing app. My account, for instance, features pictures from 2013 — when I was a freshman in college.
Therefore, its security must be maintained at all costs, and one method of doing so is by regularly updating.
The steps to change or reset your Instagram password on your iPhone, Android, or desktop computer are detailed below in case you suspect your account has been compromised in a password breach or have forgotten your current password.
You should change your Instagram password frequently.
How to Change Your Instagram Password on iPhone or Android
1. Open the Instagram app, go to your profile and tap the hamburger icon three short lines at the top right.
2. Tap Settings → Security → Password.
3. Enter your current password and then the new strong password.
4. Finally, tap Save.
How to Change Your Instagram Password Using the Desktop Website
1. Visit Instagram.com on your Mac or PC and log in if needed.
2. Go to your profile and click the gear icon next to Edit Profile.
3. Click Change Password.
4. Enter your current old password and the new password you wish to set.
5. Finally, click Change Password.
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Reset Your Instagram Password on iPhone and Android
If you have forgotten your Instagram password, you can easily reset it by following the steps below.
1. Open the Instagram app. If you are already logged in, go to your profile → hamburger icon → Settings → Log out
2. Tap Forgot password.
3. Enter your username or phone number and proceed.
4. Instagram will send you an email or text to your registered email address or phone number.
5. From the email, you can directly log in to Instagram or reset your Instagram password.
What About Two-Factor Authentication?
Two-factor authentication can be enabled on Instagram if you’re concerned about the safety of your account.
Your email and password are the first line of defense against unauthorized access; by enabling two-factor authentication, you are adding a second line of defense and making it more difficult for hackers to break into your account.
The second piece of information is usually a text message sent to your phone to confirm your login attempt.
If you try to access your Instagram account from a device you haven’t used before, you’ll be prompted to enter a unique login code or confirm your login attempt.
Go to your profile and click the menu button to make the necessary adjustments. Select Two-Factor Authentication by going to Settings > Security.
Select Get Started, and then decide whether you’d like to receive a one-time code via text message or use a third-party authentication app, such as Google Authenticator or Duo Mobile.
The SMS method requires a valid mobile phone number to be associated with your Instagram account; if you don’t already have one, you’ll be prompted to enter one.
We advise enabling two-factor authentication, as it is simple to implement and significantly increases the difficulty for unauthorized users to access your Instagram account.