Instagram is introducing new tools to keep Instagram safe for users, including support for 3rd-party authenticator apps and the ability for users to request account verification.
While we all understand how account verification works, which lets you know you’re looking at the official page for a personality or brand, a bit more important is the added support for two-factor authentication. With this, you’ll be able to use any authentication app you already have installed on your device. If you don’t already use something like this, think of it as an extra layer of security for logging into your account.
Instagram lays out how to use two-factor authentication for users.
To use a third-party app to log into your Instagram account, go to your profile, tap the menu icon, select “Settings” at the bottom and then choose “Two-Factor Authentication.” Select “Authentication App” as your preferred form of authentication. If you already have an authentication app installed, we will automatically find the app and send a login code to it. Go to the app, retrieve the code and enter it on Instagram, and two-factor authentication will turn on automatically.
Instagram states that initial support has already started to rollout and all users worldwide should see support within the coming weeks.