How to change your Instagram password or reset it

Knowing how to change your Instagram password or reset it is an important part of following good security practice for your account. It’s generally a good idea to refresh all passwords every once in a while (and ideally use one of the), and Instagram is no exception to this — even if it’s arguably less of a target for hackers due to the lack of card details stored within.

So whether your login has been revealed in a data breach, you want to make things more secure (don’t use the same password across sites!) or you’ve simply forgotten what you picked first time, here’s how to change your Instagram password or reset it.

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. Once again, you’ll be met with a feed of photos from accounts you follow. 

2. Open the Settings menu 

Press your icon in the top right-hand corner, and then click “Settings.” 

3. Click “Change Password” 

From the navigation list in the left-hand side, press “Change Password” — it’s the second option down. 

4. Pick a new password 

Enter your new choice of password (twice) and your old password to confirm it’s really you, and not somebody who’s grabbed your laptop without you logging out. Once again if you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it by pressing the link labelled “Forgot Password?”

 How to reset your Instagram password 

Of course none of this is much use if you can’t log in to your account in the first place. Here’s how to reset your Instagram password if you’ve forgotten it. 

1. Go to the Instagram log-in page 

Either open the app or head to. If you’re not already logged in, you’ll be met with a log-in screen that looks similar on both. 

2. Press “Forgot Password?” 

Underneath the login box, there’s a linked labelled “Forgot password?” Press it. 

3. Confirm who you are 

In order to reset a password without knowing what it is, Instagram needs something more from you. Enter either your associated email address, the account name or (if connected) your mobile phone number. Then press “Send Login Link.” 

Instagram will contact you via email with two links you can press. One logs you straight back in with the immediate option to change your password if you want. The other just lets you reset the password. 

Either way, enter it twice and you’re done.

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