Instagram Account Hacked and Email ID, Password Changed? Here’s How to Recover

Here are a few methods to recover your hacked Instagram account.

Instagram is a powerful and addictive social media platform. Over the past few years, the app has gained functionalities like stories, login activity, highlights, reels, music, filters, and much more, which has made many of us stick to the app for a long time. The app has over 500 million daily active users under its belt and with such a large user base, it has also become an easy exploit for hackers around the globe.

Every now and then, we hear accounts getting hacked (including some celebrity’s accounts)  or being misused by someone else. The platform has also become an attractive phishing scam place for many. If your Instagram account was hacked recently or you just lost control of the app, in this article we will take a look at a few ways to get your Instagram account back. And, further, we will also give you a few tips to secure your Instagram account, so that your account remains safe.  

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If you think your account has been hacked or taken over, there are a few actions you can take and get back the access. In some cases, you will get a mail from security@mail.instagram.com letting you know that your email address was changed, you may be able to undo this change by selecting revert this change in that message. In case your password was changed and you’re unable to change back your email address, you can use the below-mentioned methods. 

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How to Recover Hacked Instagram Account By Requesting a Login Link

In this method, you need to confirm to Instagram that you are the owner of the account, you can request a login link to your email address or phone number by following these steps. 

  1. On the login screen, tap Get help logging in (Android) or Forgot password? (iPhone)
  2. Enter the username, email address, or phone number linked with your account
  3. Tap Next
  4. Select your email address or phone number
  5. Next, tap Send login link option
  6. You will get a login link to your email ID or phone number
  7. Click the login link in your email or SMS and follow the on-screen instructions

Note: In case you don’t remember the username, email address, or phone number linked with your account, tap Need more help? below the Next button (step 3) and follow the on-screen instructions.

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How to Recover Hacked Instagram Account By Requesting a Security Code

In case you are unable to recover your Instagram account with the login link, you can request Instagram support. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Go to the login screen
  2. Tap Get help logging in (below Log in)
  3. Enter the username, email address, or phone number linked with your account
  4. Tap Need more help?
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions
  6. Select either your email address or phone number
  7. Next, tap Send security code
  8. If you don’t receive a security code, tap I can’t access this email or phone number below Send the security code, then follow the on-screen instructions and get back your account. 

Note: If you have more than one Instagram account you may need to select the account you’re having trouble logging into first, then follow the on-screen instructions. (in step 3)

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How to Recover Hacked Instagram Account By Verifying your identity

This is handy when your Instagram account has photos without you and you have submitted a support request. In that case, first, you will be getting an auto-response email from the Support Team at Meta. And then, you will be asked to help verify your identity by providing the email address or phone number you signed up with and the type of device you used at the time of sign up like iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, etc.

Next, you will be asked to take a video selfie of you turning your head in different directions to help Instagram check that you’re a real person and confirm your identity. Once the video is submitted, you will get an email from Instagram. If the verification fails, you can submit a new video and Instagram will review it again.

Instagram says the video you submit will be deleted within 30 days. The company says it will use video selfies to ensure you are a real person and may confirm with a human review that you are authorized to recover your account.

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Tips to Secure Instagram Account

Use Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication or 2FA is an additional security feature that helps you protect your Instagram account and your password. If you set up two-factor authentication, you’ll receive an SMS after entering your password. Only if the special login code is verified, you will be logged in to your Instagram account. 

Once you enter your username and password, you will be asked to enter security code

This way, your account will be more secure and when someone tries logging into your account from a device we don’t recognize, they won’t be able to log in without the code. Here is how you can set up 2FA on Instagram. 

  1. Open Instagram > Tap on your profile photo on the bottom right
  2. Tap more options in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Security, then tap Two-Factor Authentication
  5. Tap Get Started at the bottom.
  6. Choose the security method you want to add
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions

Change the password every six months

While this might sound like a very basic way to keep your account safe, we often tend to forget to change passwords because it is an extra thing to remember for the next time. However, this is a very handy method to keep an account safe and with a mix of alphanumeric characters and special characters in the password, your account will be less prone to hacking.

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Confirm your phone number and email address in the account settings

In case you have not done so already, confirm your phone number and email address and link them to your account. In case anything goes wrong in the future, your mail address and phone number linked will come to your rescue. 

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on Account
  3. Select Personal information
  4. Confirm your phone number and email

Revoke access from other third-party apps and sites

There are many apps and websites where you’d have to use your Instagram, and login details to access the app/ website. While not all of those are harmful, some of them might be misusing your data or that particular website or app might leak your data like ID and password, so you can revoke access to these kinds of apps and services by visiting this web page

Always Cross Check Instagram Mail on the App

Instagram is a big platform; naturally, scammers will try to get a hold of your account through various means. One of the most prominent ones is phishing emails. It is always advisable to be careful while opening any link that comes from a suspicious email that projects itself as Instagram. Thankfully, Instagram has a feature that allows you to check all the emails that are sent by the Instagram official email right from the application. In order to do that, you can do the following:

  1. Open the Instagram application and click on hamburger menu.
  2. Click on Settings and then go to Security.
  3. There, you will find the Emails from Instagram option. Click on it.

With this, you will be able to see all the emails sent to you by Instagram.

These were some of the best ways to keep your account safe from being hacked. By following these four practices, you will be able to keep your account safe from getting hacked easily.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do Instagram accounts get hacked?

Instagram accounts can be hacked due to multiple reasons. One of the most common ones is when the hacker finds the account information and password after a data breach. They can also get Instagram information through various phishing or malware-induced applications.

Can Instagram help with a hacked account?

Yes, Instagram has a dedicated help page for those whose account has been hacked.

Can I find out who tried to log into my Instagram?

No, as of now you cannot know who has tried to log into your Instagram account. However, if you set up two-factor authentication, then you will know if anyone is trying to log into your account.

Can someone change my Instagram password?

If someone tries to reset your password, Instagram will send you an email notifying you of the change. This simply means you must respond quickly.

Can I recover my hacked Instagram account if it has been deleted?

Yes, there is a slight chance of getting your Instagram account back, even if it is deleted by the hackers. Instagram gives you 30 days to contact them and explain that your account has been hacked. You can also request them to put your account back up. However, if it is more than 30 days, then you won’t be able to recover your deleted Instagram account.

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Srivatsa is a freelance writer at MySmartPrice. He likes to write and talk about Smartphones, Android, Cricket, and more. He has previously worked at TechRadar and AndroidPolice.