How to Change Your Instagram Password if You’ve Forgotten
If you’re scrolling through Instagram every day, you probably have your login info saved in the app. It’s much more convenient than having to enter your username or email and password all the time.
But if you had to reinstall Instagram for some reason, or you’ve bought a new phone, you’ll have to go through the login process again. But wait a minute, did you forget your password?
Don’t worry. All is not lost. Instagram offers a solution to your problem.
Resetting Your Instagram Password
You can reset your Instagram password using either your email address, your Facebook login details, or your phone number.
Depending on whether you’re using an Android phone or iPhone, the process will vary. Here are the steps you need to follow to reset your password on Android:
- Launch Instagram on your phone and select “Get help logging in” on the screen. It’s just below the “Log in” option.
- Tap on the “Use Username or Email”, “Send an SMS”, or “Log In with Facebook”.
- Enter the information you have and then follow the step-by-step process on the screen.
In case you have an iPhone, this is how you reset the password on Instagram:
- Open Instagram and then select “Forgot Password,” which is just above the “Log In” option.
- Select “Username or Phone”.
- Enter the information you have and then select “Next”.
Now, if you’ve entered your email, you’ll need to go check your inbox and finish the password reset process. In case you’ve selected the option for the phone number, you’ll have to type in the security code that was sent to your phone.
If you have a Facebook account, that’s probably the quickest way to get to your Instagram profile. But only if you’ve initially used Facebook to create your Instagram page.
What If Instagram Doesn’t Recognize Your Email Address?
This is where things get a little bit tricky. Just like you’ve forgotten your password, you might’ve forgotten the email you used to create the Instagram account in the first place.
If Instagram keeps rejecting the email you’re entering, it’s time to think hard about what other email addresses you could’ve used.
Also, make sure to check for typos. Often, that’s why you’re having trouble resetting your password. You can try following the steps once again and checking your inbox to make sure you haven’t missed an email from Instagram.
However, if you’ve exhausted all the options, Instagram doesn’t offer further instructions. Without access to the email address, the Instagram account is connected with or the Facebook account, you’re not going to be able to get to your profile. It’s their way to protect Instagram users from unauthorized logins.
If You Still Can’t Log Into Instagram
If you were able to receive the password reset email from Instagram, that’s just the first part. To successfully change your Instagram password, you’ll need to either log in directly from your email, or you could change your password first.
But what if the instructions for the password reset don’t work? One of the reasons may be that the temporary password Instagram provided has expired. In that case, you can request another one and start the process from scratch.
Also, make sure that you click on the “reset your Instagram password” option in the email instead of clicking on the login link. In some situations, you could be having this problem because someone hacked your account.
Alternatively, your Instagram might’ve been disabled due to a breach of Instagram’s Community Guidelines. If nothing you do seems to be working, there’s a chance you’ll have to take some extra measures. You might have to contact Instagram directly and verify your identity.
How to Never Forget Your Password
Dealing with a password reset can be quite frustrating, especially if things don’t go smoothly. After you reset your Instagram password, it’s probably prudent to try and avoid the same mistake again. How about thinking of a password you’ll never ever forget?
Creating a strong password is essential, but it also has to be something uniquely fitting for you. Try creating your own code that has to do with some of your favorite things.
Or, if you’re not feeling particularly creative, you can try a password manager that will keep your password neatly organized and even let you change them quickly.
Never Losing Your Instagram Account
If you’ve spent a lot of time curating your Instagram profile, it would be a shame to lose it due to a password mishap. Usually, Instagram will lead you through the password reset quickly, and then you can create a new password that you definitely won’t forget this time.
In rare cases, the email might be missing, or the password reset instructions won’t work. Your best bet is to reach out to Instagram and ask them to verify your identity.
Have you ever forgotten your Instagram password before? Let us know in the comments section below.