How to Tell If Someone Else Is Using Your Instagram Account
Instagram is a behemoth of a social network, and one of the most transparent players in the game. Plus, it has straightforward menus on both mobile and web platforms. Therefore, finding out if someone logged into your account, removing them, and resetting your password shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
How to See Last Active Uses
Seeing the last active logins is a walk in the park. Instagram allows you to find all the essential login info within the app and on the official site. You won’t have to jump through hoops or request and download profile data to access this info.
In the following sections, we’ll cover options for both mobile and web versions.
From iPhone or Android
This section combines both Android and iPhone platforms, as differences in the two versions of the app are negligible. Here’s how to see the last active uses on Instagram using the mobile app. Note that for the purposes of this tutorial, we used an Android phone.
Launch the Instagram app on your device. If needed, log in. If not, you can move to the second step.
Tap on your profile icon in the bottom menu. This will take you to the main section of your profile page.
After that, tap on the menu icon near the top of the screen. The side menu will appear, containing some of the essential settings tabs.
Next, tap on the Settings entry near the bottom of the screen.
Once on the Settings screen, locate and tap on the Security entry from the menu.
Next, tap on the Login activity entry on the Security screen.
When the Login activity screen opens, Instagram will show you the list of locations from which you logged into your account. The top entry on the list is your phone, which will have the Active now tag.
From PC or Mac
The web version of Instagram allows you to see your login history, too. Here’s how to find it. Note that the following steps are for both PC and macOS users.
Launch your browser and go to the official Instagram site. You should see the News Feed with the active Stories near the top of the screen. Your profile summary will be on the right side of the screen. You should click on one of the two profile icons you see in the upper-right section of the browser window.
Click on the cog next to the Edit Profile button. It’s near the top of the screen.
A menu will pop up. Select the Login Activity entry.
Instagram will then show you a list containing all login locations from which you (or someone else) logged into your account. The top result will have the Active now tag below the location. It represents the device through which you logged in.
How to Log Out All Other Devices
Logging out devices you don’t want on your profile is a straightforward process. It takes just a minute or two, and you can do it from within the app and through the platform’s official website.
From iPhone or Android
Removing unwanted devices works the same on both versions of the mobile app. Here are the steps you should follow:
You should follow steps 1-7 from the section on viewing last active uses. If everything checks out, you should now be on the Login activity page.
Choose an entry from the list that you’d like to delete. To do that, tap on the three horizontal dots to the right.
The app will then display the Login info popup. It will show you a map with the approximate location of the device. You’ll see the city and country, as well as the time and date of the login and the device’s operating system.
Tap on the Log Out button at the bottom of the screen.
Instagram will display the Logged out message. It will inform you that the app logged you (or someone else) out of the session in question.
Tap on the OK button to confirm.
From PC or Mac
Here’s how to get rid of unwanted devices via the official website.
Launch your favorite browser and go to Instagram’s official site. Log in if necessary. After that, follow steps 2-4 from the previous “From PC or Mac” section. You should end up on the Login Activity page and see the list of locations and devices you used to log in.
Next, you should click on the downward-pointing arrow next to the entry you wish to remove.
Instagram will show you the approximate location, time and date of the login, and the platform.
Now, click on the Log Out button under the entry. Instagram should display the Session Logged Out message on the screen.
Click OK to confirm. You should repeat the process for all entries on the list you know or suspect that someone else made. Repeat this process as many times as necessary. Remove all entries that look suspicious.
After you’ve performed the steps listed above, it’s time to secure your account.
Change Your Password
In this section, we’ll cover changing your password for a stronger one. First, we’ll cover the mobile version of the app.
Launch the app on your phone and go to your profile.
Tap on the three horizontal lines (menu) icon.
Select the Settings icon from the bottom of the menu.
Next, tap on the Security tab, followed by Password.
Enter your current password in the top text box. After that, enter the new one and then re-enter it.
Tap on the Checkmark icon to save the changes.
Here’s how to change your password via the website:
Launch the browser and go to Instagram’s official site.
Click on your profile, followed by the Settings cog.
Select the Change Password entry from the popup menu.
Enter your old password and type your new one in the required fields.
Click on the Change Password button.
Finally, you should launch the antivirus to check up on your device or devices. Run a thorough scan to see if there are any viruses or other malware on the system. It’s recommended to leave antivirus active in the background for real-time protection.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we’ll go over the answers to some more questions you may have about Instagram’s security.
Does Instagram notify you about new logins?
Unfortunately, the answer to this is that Instagram doesn’t always notify us when someone logs into our account. We have a full article on the subject here.
However, Instagram does have a section under the Privacy Settings that lists any alerts or messages from the social media platform. As long as you have access to your account, head over to your Settings just like we did above. Then, tap on ‘Security,’ and lastly, tap on ‘Emails from Instagram.’ If there are any unusual logins they should be listed here.
Does Instagram offer two-factor authentication?
Yes. Head over to the Privacy Settings and turn the feature on. Although Instagram won’t send you an email if someone attempts to login, you will get a login authentication code if someone tries to access your account.
Without the proper code, another user will be unable to access your account. Just be sure to keep your account information up-to-date otherwise you may run into trouble trying to gain access.
What can I do if my account was completely hijacked?
If you can’t access your account because someone changed the login information, you aren’t completely out of luck. First, go through the password reset selection (even though it may seem futile). Instagram may send a reset to an email you do have access to.
Next, reach out to Instagram’s Support team for assistance. If you can’t get verification to take your account back, you’ll need help.
Your Account Is Safe
Methods laid out in this article should help you keep your Instagram intact or reclaim sovereignty over it should it get compromised.
Have you found anything suspicious in your login list? Have you changed your password and activated your antivirus? Let us know in the comments section below.