Suspicious login attempt on Instagram? Check these methods

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  • Instagram is not only popular with genuine users, but also with hackers and spammers that try to access random accounts.
  • In such cases, the app warns you about a suspicious login attempt, which you should take very seriously and secure your account.
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Instagram notifies users of any suspicious activity for general security reasons, or to prevent spammers, eliminate fake accounts, and stop hackers.

As a result, many Instagram users get every once in a while an out-of-nowhere warning that the app has detected an unusual login attempt. The app also offers some options to move forward, such as get help to log in, receive a security code via text message, or confirm that you own the account.

The mentioned warning usually appears when you try to log in from a different device when Instagram detects a different IP address than the usual one, when you change the usual location (travel often, move to another country), or when someone tries to access your account for various reasons.

How do I fix a suspicious login attempt on Instagram?

1. Accept security verificationinstagram account verifiation

That is, confirm whether it was you or not.  Maybe you or someone else tried to access your account from another IP address or unrecognized device or computer.

If it was you, click the This Was Me option and you’ll be allowed to use your account.

If it wasn’t you, don’t panic, as most probably their attempt failed. Just click This Wasn’t Me. The app will then prompt you to change your password.

At this stage, you should consider changing your password with a stronger one, and a never-before-used password. We recommend that you use a password manager that will help with storing complicated passwords for all your apps and devices.

After changing your password, and confirming it twice, you tap on the Submit option and you should be good to go.

Note that some users deactivated their account when seeing the warning and then couldn’t get back in with a password change. If this is the case, try to change the password using Instagram‘s webpage (logging from a browser). Also, disable any VPN or proxy connection that you might have.

2. Insert security code (if applicable)instagram two-factor authentication

If you’ve enabled the two-factor authentication method, Instagram will require a security code to log in.

The code is sent to the email address associated with your Instagram account. You just have to use that code and you’ll get access to your account. 

This step is required only some of the times and only if the extra layer of protection is enabled. Again, we recommend that you activate this option especially if you frequently get suspicious login attempts.

To do this, in your account, tap on your profile, choose Settings and then click the Two-Factor Authentication option. Then, simply turn on the Require Security Code option.

Now every time you log into your Instagram account, the app will send you a code via text message. Indeed, it might be a little annoying at first, but better safe than sorry.

We hope that you found this article useful. Any comments or suggestions are welcome in the dedicated section below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The suspicious login attempt on Instagram message appears when your account is accessed from an unverified new device. If you’re seeing other errors when trying to log in, check out our Instagram sign-up error guide.

  • For security reasons, you can’t skip the suspicious login attempt. You have to confirm if it was you or not by clicking the appropriate links.

  • Instagram has very strict security protocols, so at any suspicious activity, the app will block your account or impose and an extra layer of security, including repeated mandatory logins.

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