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How to change or reset your Instagram password
To most people, Instagram is a simple image-sharing platform. To others, it can be a place to store precious memories, keep in touch with friends and loved ones, or promote a business. Protecting your account is the best way to avoid losing it, and it can be as simple as learning how to change your Instagram password when you think it might be compromised.
Whether you’re using the Instagram website or the official app, it’s easy to change or reset your Instagram password if you know how to do it. We’ve listed the steps below, so you can make sure your Instagram account is safe and secure.
To change your Instagram password, go to your account settings, then Security > Password. Enter your old password once, then your new password twice. To reset your Instagram password, click the Forgotten Password link below the sign-in box on the main page and follow the instructions.
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How to change an Instagram password (desktop)
Instagram has become a lot more browser-friendly in recent years. Thankfully, changing your Instagram password on the web is simple and quick. In fact, it’s actually much easier to do than it is in the app.
Assuming you already know your current password (if you don’t, scroll down to find out how to reset it), it takes just a few seconds to change to a new password.
Log into your account at instagram.com and click your avatar in the top right of the screen.
Select Change Password.
Enter your old password once, then the new password twice. Click Change Password to save everything.
How to change an Instagram password (mobile app)
The process of changing your Instagram password in the app is a bit more complicated. It still only takes a few minutes, but there are a lot more steps, and if you don’t know where to look, it can be confusing.
Log into your account in the Instagram app, and tap on your avatar in the bottom right to open your profile.
Tap the three-line menu button in the top right (or swipe right) to open the menu.
Select Settings at the top.
Tap Security, then Password.
Enter your old password once, then the new password twice. Remember to save your changes.
How to reset an Instagram password
It’s a terrible feeling when you try to log in to Instagram and realize you forgot your password. When you can’t log into your account to change it, it’s just as easy to reset your password using your account name and email address.
How to reset your Instagram password using the website
- Go to the Instagram website and click Forgotten your Password?
- Enter your username, email address, or phone number associated with the account.
- Check your email. You will receive an email from Instagram with a link to reset your password.
How to reset your Instagram password using the app
- On the Instagram login screen, tap Get help logging in below the password field.
- Enter your email, username, SMS number, or Facebook account details.
- Follow the instructions to reset the password.
How to choose a good password
If you’re going to change your password, then it pays to change it to a good password. After all, account hacking is a serious problem these days, especially if you have a desirable username.
It goes without saying not to use any easy-to-guess passwords, such as password, 12345, your name, your birthday, or the name or birthday of your partner or pet. Also, don’t use the password that you use on another site — if someone gets a hold of that password and tries it on another site, your problems are only just starting. Also, try to use special characters such as @ or #.
- Use a password manager. Many of them include a secure password generator and will also store the password and auto-fill it into the login field for you.
- Use a browser password sync. Browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox will remember, sync, and autofill your passwords for you. It’s less secure than a password manager, so you need to assess your risk factor of being hacked.
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If you don’t have the email address or the phone number, then the username is your only way in. If you enter your username and it still doesn’t allow you to reset anything, make sure you have entered the username properly. If you think your account has been hacked and the details have been changed, you will need the help of Instagram to get your account back.
The reset email could be in your spam folder. If not, wait a few more minutes, then request a new reset email.
If the password reset email is not working, ask for a new one.