How To Recover a Hacked Instagram Account
Instagram’s photo-sharing service has grown enormously since it was created. By July of 2019, it had over 1 billion monthly active users. With such a huge number of people using the platform, the risk of losing a high-value account is now greater than ever before.
So what do you do if someone hacks into your account to try and steal it? Below are the best steps that you can take to secure your account.
1. Act Immediately
It’s important to take action as soon as you have any suspicions that your account is under threat. Even if you aren’t convinced that the threat is real, you’re better off taking action to secure yourself. If you’re wrong and don’t act, then you could lose your social media accounts forever.
2. Change Your Password
If the hacker hasn’t had time to change your password yet, you should still be able to make changes to the account. The first thing you should do is change your password, as the hacker probably knows your original one.
Log into your Instagram profile, and click the 3 lines at the top of the screen.
From the menu that pops up, tap on ‘Settings’ at the bottom of your screen.
Tap on ‘Security.’
Enter your current password to prove your identity and then your new password twice to confirm.
It is highly recommended that you use a service, such as those provided by Google or Dashlane, to generate and store a more secure password. Not only will this keep your accounts safer, but it will prevent you from needing to remember unique passwords for each online account you hold.
3. Instagram Account Recovery
If you can no longer access your account and you suspect that the hacker has changed your password, then you’ll need to use Instagram’s account recovery.
Go to the Instagram login page and click ‘Forgot password?’
Enter your phone number, email address, or username and click ‘Send Login Link.’ Instagram will then send you an email to help your recover your account.
4. Report the Account
If you can’t regain access to the account, you’ll need to report it to Instagram.
Go to the account login page on iPhone or Android, and tap ‘Get help with logging in.’
Enter your username, email address, or phone number and press ‘Next.’
Tap ‘Need More Help?’ Then follow the instructions to report your account as hacked to Instagram.
Once you’ve regained access to your account, you should visit our Instagram security guide here.
If you think your Instagram account has been hacked, you can order immediate help from us here.
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