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Say goodbye to sharing those backup codes. Learn how to set up 2FA on Instagram when multiple devices need access to the account.
When working with multiple team members on social media, keeping your Instagram safe can get tricky. But luckily, Instagram allows multiple devices to be added to your account’s two-factor authentication (2FA). This means your team doesn’t have to constantly ask for those backup codes AND you get that added security and peace of mind.
Start by downloading the Authenticator App so that you're ready to go.
Then, from your Instagram profile, click the three lines in the top right corner. Click Settings > Security > Two-Factor Authentication > Get Started
Select Authentication App from the options. From here, click Set Up Another Way and Instagram will provide you with a key - a string of 32 letters and numbers that you'll use to link your Instagram to your authenticator app. Click Copy Key (Sked users - save this key somewhere for later so we can connect 2FA to your Sked account).
Open Google Authenticator and click the plus sign in the bottom right corner and select Enter a Setup Key. Give the account a name (we suggest something to identify which Instagram account it is like, "Sked IG") and paste the key into the provided spot. Select Time Based from the drop down and click the blue Add button.
Navigate back to Instagram and click Next. Now Instagram will ask you for a code. Reopen Google Authenticator and you'll see 6-digit codes counting down. Simply tap the IG account and it will copy the key. Head back to Instagram and tap to paste the key. A popup will appear when you do it the first time that asks if you want to allow Instagram to paste from Authenticator. Select Allow Paste and then click Next.
Now your 2FA is turned on for the Instagram Account.
Click Next again and Instagram will provide you with backup codes. You'll want to screenshot these and keep them in a safe place. Backup codes will help you log into your account if you lose access to your phone or can't log in using your security method. Click Done.
Now that your 2FA is turned on, other users can add their devices.
From the additional device, head to the Instagram profile. If you're already logged in great, if you're not, you may need the person who originally turned on 2FA to provide a backup code or approve the login request (this will only happen for the first time - once they get their own 2FA added, they'll have their own 6-digit codes).
Click the three lines in the top right corner. Click Settings > Security > Two-Factor Authentication > Authentication App
You'll see the original device listed. Click the blue Add button to add the additional device. Give the device a name - we recommend naming each device by the individual user so you can keep track of who's connected. Click Next and follow the instructions on the screen.
It will be the same steps as above (copy the key into Google Authenticator and get the 6-digit code and enter the code into Instagram). And you're set! You've now got multiple devices connected to Instagram's 2FA.
Want to use Sked but also have two-factor authentication enabled on your IG account? No problem! We support app-based two-factor authentication with Instagram.
If you have your Instagram 2FA key saved from earlier, all you need to do is paste the 32 digit key into the section on your Social Accounts page.
If you don't have your 2FA key on hand, no worries - follow these steps:
To make sure things run smoothly, you'll also need to turn off login requests on your Instagram. Head over to Settings > Security > Two-Factor Authentication within the Instagram app and click the Additional Methods option and make sure Login Requests is toggled off.
This will allow our system to log into the Instagram account to post on your behalf while having two-factor authentication enabled without any issues.
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