How to change your Instagram password on desktop or mobile, or reset it if you've forgotten it

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You should change your Instagram password periodically to protect your privacy.

Whether it's because you've heard about a data breach, you simply want to do a routine password change, or you've forgotten your existing one, it's easy to change your Instagram password.

For the best security, you should use a unique password that combines upper- and lower-case letters, as well as numbers and special symbols.Advertisement

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How to change your Instagram password using the mobile app

1. Start the Instagram app.

2. Tap the account icon in the lower-right corner to go to your profile page.

3. If you have multiple Instagram accounts and want to change the password for a different account, tap the account name at the top of the screen and choose a different account.
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4. Tap the three horizontal lines (the hamburger menu) at the top right of the screen and tap "Settings."

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Go to your profile page and then open the hamburger menu to get to Settings.

5. Tap "Security."Advertisement

6. On the Security page, tap "Password."

7. Enter your current password and then type the new password you want to use. When you're done, tap "Save."

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The password controls are found on the Security page of Instagram's Settings.

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How to change your Instagram password using the desktop website

1. Navigate to the Instagram website in a web browser.

2. Click the account icon in the top-right of the window to go to your profile page.

3. Click the gear icon to the right of the "Edit Profile" link. Advertisement

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Click the gear to the right of "Edit Profile" to change your password.

4. In the pop-up window, click "Change Password."

5. Enter your current password and then type the new password you want to use. When you're done, tap "Change Password."Advertisement

How to reset your Instagram password if you've forgotten it

If you don't remember your password, you can easily request a password reset.

1. In the app or website, go to the sign-in page (you might need to tap or click "Log in").2. Click "Forgot password?" or "Get help signing in." Advertisement

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If you forget your password, request a reset from the sign-in page of the app or web site.

3. When requested, enter your username, email address, or phone number.

Instagram will send you reset instructions, and you will be able to create a new password for the account. Advertisement

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