Thousands of social media accounts are hacked every day, which is a sad truth. In fact, according to a recent University of Phoenix survey, two-thirds of American adults have had at least one of their social media accounts hacked. Instagram is not immune to the threat of hacking. That’s where strong passwords come in handy.
Instagram recommends that you “change your password on a frequent basis” and that it be “strong.” According to the firm, “at least six digits, letters, and punctuation marks (such as! and &)” should be used. Instagram also suggests that you keep your Instagram password separate from any other passwords you use online.
Here’s how to update your Instagram password on both the desktop and mobile versions of the social media platform.
On a desktop computer, how do you update your Instagram password?
- If you’re using a desktop browser to access Instagram, changing your password is simple and quick. Tap your tiny avatar photo that shows at the top right of your screen once you’ve checked in to Instagram. Click “Settings” in the pop-up menu that displays.
- When you’re on the settings screen that displays next, check to the left-hand side of the menu for your “Change Password” option. This should be clicked.
- The password change screen will now appear.
- Simply enter your current password twice, followed by your new password. Consider utilizing a password generator to help you build a secure phrase if you have trouble coming up with secure passwords off the top of your head – and who doesn’t?
On mobile apps, how do you reset your Instagram password?
- Tap the person-shaped icon in the lower right corner of your screen to get to your Instagram profile page. Hit the three-line menu at the upper right of your phone’s screen from your Instagram profile. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
- Select “Security” from the next menu.
- Select “Password” at the top of your screen from the security sub-menu that opens.
- This will take you to a screen where you will be asked to input your existing password before changing it to a new one.
- You’re done once you’ve entered the three passwords — until it’s time to change your password again, of course.