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How to Change or Reset an Instagram Password

Lukas Grigas
Cybersecurity Content Writer

With more than a billion downloads, Instagram is one of the most popular apps in the world. Since Facebook bought it in 2012, the service has evolved to include a streamlined messenger, long-form video uploads, and live streaming. Being able to reset your Instagram password will ensure that you never lose access to one of the world's favorite social media sites.

Why reset your Instagram password?

Most people don't think about changing their login details unless they forget them, but there are several reasons why you should know how to reset your Instagram password.

The primary concern when you're online is security. For most users, Instagram's private messenger is now one of its main appeals. Many also depend on the app to promote their business, which makes maintaining security even more essential.

Hackers are always looking for new ways to steal data, and social media accounts are tempting targets. These days, Instagram scams are rampant. Bad actors are increasingly becoming more sophisticated in the way they act. One of the best ways to combat this threat is by changing your password regularly or using a password manager.

Using the same details for multiple sites increases the risk of password cracking. The hack could spread if one account is compromised unless you can quickly change passwords elsewhere.

What happens if your Instagram is hacked?

We usually worry about attackers spying on emails or stealing banking information, but a hacked Instagram account can also be a real problem. Once a malicious actor takes control of the profile, they can change the password and lock the user out.

For many of us, Instagram is one of our main messaging services, through which we share personal photos, talk to our friends, and keep in touch with family. Would you want a stranger to access your inbox?

As we mentioned before, for many businesses and entrepreneurs, Instagram provides an essential platform for promotion and direct sales. Losing control of that account could mean a disruption in revenue and, even worse, the loss of a critical marketing channel.

Being able to change your login details is a must. You can reset Instagram passwords through a web browser if you don't have access to your phone or directly through the app on your device.

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How to change your Instagram password on the app

The process of resetting your Instagram passwords is essentially the same whether you use an iOS or Android device. Here are the steps that you should follow:

  1. Open your Instagram app.

  2. Click the account icon in the lower-right corner.

  3. Click the three horizontal lines at the top right of the screen.

  4. Click “Settings.”

  5. Click “Security.”

  6. On the Security page, click “Password.”

  7. Input your current password.

  8. Input your new password and click “Save” or the check mark.

How to change your Instagram password on the desktop website

  1. Navigate to the Instagram site on your web browser.

  2. Click the account button in the top-right of the window and click “Profile.”

  3. Click the “gear” button to the right of Edit Profile.

  4. Click “Change Password.”

  5. Input your current password.

  6. Input your new password and click “Change Password.”

How to reset a forgotten Instagram password

You can reset a forgotten password through a browser or directly through the app.

  1. Navigate to the login page, either in-app or through a browser.

  2. Click “Forgot password?” or “Get help logging in.”

  3. Input your username or email address. Depending on how you've set up your account, you may also be able to use your phone number.

  4. Instagram will send instructions to your associated email address, which you can follow to confirm your identity and reset the password.

Password protection

Changing your login credentials regularly is an integral part of password best practice. To secure your accounts online, a password manager will ensure that you never get locked out of your Instagram account again.

NordPass generates complex passwords that hackers will struggle to crack, storing them in encrypted vaults. The service auto-fills forms and login interfaces, so you don't need to worry about remembering your details.

It's a simple solution that will strengthen your data security and make accessing social media the stress-free experience it should be.

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