Locked out of Instagram for not receiving 2FA SMS

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If you have SMS 2FA activated in your Instagram account, and for some reason, you can’t receive SMS (changed phone numbers, traveling internationally, etc.) I have a potential solution for you.

To describe the problem a bit better. Last week, I accidentally logged out of my Instagram account. When I tried logging back in, they sent me an SMS that I couldn’t receive because I was traveling outside of the country. I read these posts: https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-verify-Instagram-if-it-wont-send-me-code, https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-login-to-Instagram-if-I-lost-my-phone-with-two-factor-authentication but I found another solution that might work for you too.

If this occurs to you, you can use the backup codes in lieu of the SMS. The backup codes are 8-digit codes that you download when activating 2FA in your account. But what if you, like me, don’t have those either?

Head down to your phone, and open the Instagram app, you should see something like this.

Android's Instagram logging in page
Android’s Instagram logging in page

Here, you are going to tap in “Log In with Facebook“. And you should see a page like this.

Logging in into Instagram through Facebook
Logging in into Facebook

Fill out your Facebook credentials, and then onto Facebook’s 2FA.

Facebook 2FA
Facebook 2FA

Since we don’t have an SMS to receive, login into your Facebook account, and head to settings. There click on Edit on the two-factor authentication.

Facebook security setting
Facebook security setting

We should be presented with the 2FA options. Since we can’t receive SMS, let’s download the recovery codes

Facebook's 2FA methods
Facebook’s 2FA methods

The codes should look like this.

Facebook's Back Up codes
Facebook back up codes

Copy one of these codes that haven’t been used yet, you can tell that from the icon on the right, and use it on your phone login screen instead of the SMS.

With that, I hope you regain access to your Instagram account. This time, make sure you enable a 2FA method that can be used if your SMSs are not working, such as an authenticator app, and download and keep your backup codes in a safe place.

Comment if this helped you, or if you are stilled locked out.

8 COMMENTS

  1. This method is not working. The recovery codes for facebook does not work for Instagram even the Instagram is linked to my Facebook account. This is just crazy and frustrating.

    • Are you logging in with the “Log In with Facebook”.

      I have tested it, and it works if you log in into Instagram using your facebook credentials and security codes.

      Please let me know otherwise and I will dig further.

      • I logged in via facebook it said the new Recovery Codes were “wrong” – is there a way to double check that my instagram account (the one I’m locked out of) is linked with my Facebook? Thank you!

  2. i tried this method but it still brings me back to the security code page. instagram support is useless.

  3. I have been trying this method and everything works up until I put in the verification code and then it just sends me to a blank white page. Any tips?

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