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How to Change or Reset Your Instagram Password

We show you how to change your Instagram password if you need a new one or how to reset your Instagram password if you need to recover your Instagram account.

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is one of the world's most popular platforms, with over one billion monthly active users. With such a large user base, Instagram also attracts hackers and cybercriminals who may try to access your account and misuse your personal information. That's why changing your password on Instagram might be necessary for your online security and privacy.

When and How Often Should You Change Your Instagram Password

There is no definitive answer to how often you should change your password on Instagram, but some experts recommend doing it at least once every six months. This can help prevent hackers from guessing or cracking your password, especially if you use the same or similar passwords for other online accounts, which should be avoided. You should also change your password immediately if you notice any suspicious activity on your account, such as posts or messages that you did not create or send or if you receive an email from Instagram asking you to reset your password.

What to Consider When Choosing a New Instagram Password

When choosing a new Instagram password, you should consider some best practices that can help you create a strong and secure password. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using frequently used words, phrases, names, dates, or personal information that hackers or their automatic tools can easily guess.
  • Make your password at least eight characters long. The longer your password is, the harder it is to crack by brute force attacks.
  • Do not reuse passwords for different online accounts. If one of your accounts gets compromised, hackers may try to use the same password to access your other accounts.
  • Use a password manager to store and generate passwords for you. A password manager is software that securely saves and fills in passwords for you across different websites and apps. It can also create random and complex passwords for you that are hard to remember but easy to use.

How to Change Your Instagram Password on the Mobile App

This method is the standard procedure to change your password on Instagram if you still know it and can still use the Instagram mobile app.

  1. Tap your Instagram account profile picture
     
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  2. Tap on the menu button on the top right
     
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  3. Select “Settings”
     
    Android - Instagram App - Profile Icon - Menu - Settings
  4. Tap on “Security”
     
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  5. Tap on “Password”
     
    Android - Instagram App - Profile Icon - Menu - Settings - Security - Password
  6. Enter your “Current Password” and the “New Password”
     
    You have to enter your new Instagram password a second time and tap the confirmation button on the top right to save it. When choosing a new Instagram password, you should consider some best practices that can help you create a strong and secure password (see above).
     
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How to Change Your Instagram Password on Your PC

This method is the standard procedure to change your password on Instagram on your PC if you can still access your account.

  1. Click your Instagram account profile picture
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Profile Icon
  2. Select “Profile” in the menu
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Profile Icon - Profile
  3. Tap the settings button next to your Instagram account name
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Profile Icon - Profile - Settings
  4. Select “Change password”
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Profile Icon - Profile - Settings - Change Password
  5. Enter your “Current Password” and the “New Password”
     
    You have to enter your new Instagram password a second time and tap the “Change password” button to save it. When choosing a new Instagram password, you should consider some best practices that can help you create a strong and secure password (see above).
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Profile Icon - Profile - Settings - Change Password

How to Reset Your Instagram Password on the Mobile App if You Don´t Remember It

If you forgot your Instagram password and cannot access your account anymore, follow these steps to reset your Instagram password using your mobile device. By doing this, you will also change the password on Instagram to a new one.

  1. Tap “Get help logging in” on the Instagram login screen
     
    Android - Instagram App - Logg In - Get Help
  2. Enter your email address and click “Next”
     
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  3. Click “Send an email”
     
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  4. Open the recovery email and click/tap on “Reset your password”
     
    Windows 11 - Gmail - Instagram Email - Reset Password
  5. Enter and confirm a new Instagram password and click/tap “Reset password”
     
    When choosing a new Instagram password, you should consider some best practices that can help you create a strong and secure password (see above).
     
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How to Reset Your Instagram Password on a PC if You Don´t Remember It

If you forgot your Instagram password and cannot access your account anymore, follow these steps to do an Instagram password reset using your PC. By doing this, you will also change the password on Instagram to a new one.

  1. Click “Forgot password?” on the login screen
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Log In - Forgot Password
  2. Enter your email address and click “Send Login Link”
     
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  3. If asked to click “I´m not a robot” to confirm the reCAPTCHA challenge
     
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  4. Click “Next” when you see “I´m not a robot”
     
    Windows 11 - Instagram - Log In - Forgot Password - Send Log In Link - Not Robot - Next
  5. Click “Reset your password”
     
    Windows 11 - Gmail - Instagram Email - Reset Your Password
  6. Enter and confirm a new Instagram password and click “Reset password”
     
    When choosing a new Instagram password, you should consider some best practices that can help you create a strong and secure password (see above).
     
    Windows 11 - Gmail - Instagram Email - Reset Your Password

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About the Instagram Password

How do I enable two-factor authentication on Instagram for added security?

To add an extra layer of security to your Instagram account, navigate to your profile and tap on the three horizontal lines (menu) in the top right corner. Select ‘Settings' and then ‘Security'. Here, you'll find the ‘Two-Factor Authentication' option. You can choose to receive a security code via text message or use a third-party authentication app. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. This feature ensures that even if someone discovers your password, they won't be able to access your account without also having access to your phone.

What do I do if Instagram's automated system doesn't recognize my email or phone number during password reset?

If Instagram doesn't recognize your email or phone number, double-check for any typos or errors. If your account was created using Facebook, try using your Facebook information to log in and reset your password. If the issue persists, consider whether your account details may have been changed without your knowledge, indicating potential unauthorized access. In such cases, visit the Instagram Help Center and look for the option to report your account as hacked to get further assistance.

How can I identify and revoke access to suspicious third-party apps connected to my Instagram?

To review and manage third-party apps with access to your Instagram, go to ‘Settings' through your profile menu, then tap ‘Security', and select ‘Apps and Websites'. This section lists all the apps and websites you've authorized. Review this list periodically and remove any services you no longer use or recognize by tapping ‘Remove'. This prevents old or suspicious apps from retaining access to your Instagram data.

Can I set a recovery email or phone number in case I get locked out of my Instagram account?

Yes, it's crucial to set up a recovery email or phone number. To do this, go to your Instagram profile, tap the menu icon, then ‘Settings', followed by ‘Account', and choose ‘Personal Information'. Here, you can add or update your email and phone number. These details are used for account recovery and to ensure you can reset your password if you get locked out of your account or need to verify your identity.

What's the difference between logging out and changing my Instagram password for security purposes?

Logging out of Instagram ends your session on a device, which is useful if you're using a shared or public device. However, anyone with your password can still log in. Changing your password, on the other hand, ensures that only you know the current credentials to access your account. It's a critical step if you suspect someone else knows your previous password or if there's been a security breach.

How do I check the login activity to spot unauthorized access on my Instagram account?

Instagram provides a feature to review your account's login activity, which is a useful tool to spot unauthorized access. Go to ‘Settings' via your profile, select ‘Security', and then ‘Login Activity'. Here, you'll see a list of locations and devices that have accessed your account, along with dates and times. If you notice any unfamiliar activity, it's a strong indication that your account security may be compromised. Immediately change your password and review your account's security settings.

What should I do if I receive an email about an Instagram password change I didn't initiate?

If you receive an unexpected password change email, do not click on any links within the email. Instead, directly navigate to the Instagram app or website and attempt to log in with your current password. If unsuccessful, use the ‘Forgot Password' feature to initiate a secure password reset. This approach ensures you avoid potential attempts designed to steal your credentials.

Is it safe to save my Instagram password on my browser?

Saving passwords in your browser offers convenience but can be less secure, especially on shared or potentially compromised devices. For enhanced security, consider using a dedicated password manager. These services encrypt your password database with a master password – the only one you need to remember. They also offer added features like generating strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts.

How can I make a strong password that's still easy for me to remember?

A strong password doesn't have to be a random string of characters. Consider using a passphrase, which is a sequence of words or a sentence that you can remember easily but would be difficult for others to guess. For instance, “Banana8lue!” is long, includes various character types, and is more memorable than a random set of characters. Incorporating numbers and symbols can further enhance security.

What are the recommended actions if I keep getting ‘password incorrect' errors even when I'm sure it's right?

If you're certain about entering the correct password but still facing errors, start by checking your keyboard's language settings and Caps Lock status. If the problem persists, it could be a sign of account compromise. Attempt to reset your password using the ‘Forgot Password‘ option. If you're unable to reset via email or phone, you may need to seek help through Instagram's support channels, as this could indicate unauthorized changes to your account details.

Can I change my Instagram password without logging out of all devices?

Changing your password does not automatically log you out of all devices. However, for security reasons, especially after a suspected compromise, it's advisable to manually log out from all devices except the one you're currently using. You can do this through the ‘Security‘ section in your Instagram settings under ‘Login Activity‘, where you can see all active sessions and log out from each individually.

How do I log out of Instagram on all devices after changing my password?

After you change your password, go to ‘Settings‘, tap ‘Security‘, and select ‘Login Activity‘. Here, you'll see all the devices where your account is logged in. Use the ‘Log Out‘ option next to each session to secure your account. This step is particularly important if you've changed your password in response to suspicious activity or a security concern.

What are Instagram's requirements for password complexity?

Instagram requires your password to be at least 6 characters long. However, for enhanced security, it's recommended to use a longer password (at least 8 characters) that includes a mix of letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols. This complexity makes your password more resistant to brute-force attacks and guessing.

If I use Facebook to log into Instagram, do I still need an Instagram password?

Even if you primarily use Facebook to log into Instagram, having a separate Instagram password is essential, especially if you decide to unlink your Facebook account in the future or if Facebook experiences its own security issues. To set or update your Instagram password, go to your profile settings and select ‘Security‘, then ‘Password‘, and follow the prompts.

How often does Instagram ask users to verify their account information for security purposes?

Instagram periodically prompts users to verify their account information, especially when logging in from an unfamiliar device or location, or in response to unusual activity. These verifications help secure your account against unauthorized access. Always ensure your contact information is up-to-date in your account settings to facilitate these verifications and account recovery if needed.

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Last Updated on April 21, 2024 10:28 am CEST

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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