Instagram is a photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers. It holds all those precious moments and has also become a source of income for many. As the app was becoming popular, the security concerns troubled a few users and the developers took it seriously and came up with a solution.
If someone other than you gets access to your Instagram account, they can steal your photos, share unwanted things on your behalf ruining your reputation. It is a terrifying thought. So, Instagram announced in March 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service. Two-factor authentication adds a security layer to the sign in process on Instagram.
Please note that you are only asked to complete the second authentication step if you sign in from an unknown device according to the “Keeping Instagram Safe” page. Instagram supports two different types of codes that users may use to complete the two-factor authentication process. In this guide, we will discuss what two-factor authentication is, how it works and also how to enable this feature on the Instagram app.
What Is Two-Factor Authentication?
Instagram Two-Factor Authentication enables users to add Extra security layers to users Account so their accounts will be Secure. The key idea behind this method is that in addition to your traditional login using username and password, access is allowed only when the user presents an additional piece of evidence.
This additional piece of evidence would come from something that is physically present to the user. A 6 digit security code that is sent on the user’s phone is most commonly used for this purpose. In terms of features including Security, Photo filters, Connectivity, Instagram is one of the most Popular Social sharing apps that ever created.
The first comes via SMS, and it is the primary means of authentication. You get a code via SMS which you need to enter to complete the sign in process. The second is one of several backup codes. These codes are one-use codes that are generated automatically when you set up the new authentication feature on Instagram. When two-factor authentication is on, every time you log into Instagram from an unknown device you’ll be asked to enter an SMS security code or backup code in addition to your username and password.
Steps To Enable Two-Factor Authentication On Instagram Android:
To turn two-factor authentication on:
1. Go to your profile and tap three dots (iOS) or (Android) in the top-right corner.
2. Scroll down and tap ‘Two-Factor Authentication’.
3. On the next screen, tap ‘Require Security Code’to move to the on position.
4. If your account doesn’t have a confirmed phone number, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number. After entering the phone number, tap Next.
5. It asks you a confirmation to turn on the feature. Tap on ‘Turn On’.
6. A code will be sent to you via text message. Enter that code and tap Next. Instagram will verify the security code and take you to the next step.
7. Once you have verified the security code, two-factor authentication is now active on your app.
Note: After you’ve turned on two-factor authentication, you’ll be able to access backup codes for your account. If you don’t receive an SMS security code during the two-factor authentication login process, you’ll still be able to log into your account by using a backup code.
It provides you a set of backup codes that you can use instead of the security code in the text. Make sure you take a screenshot of these codes but don’t share it with anyone. Also, if you feel that your codes have been shared, you can always request for a new set of codes making no compromises on your security.