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How To Login to Multiple Instagram Accounts

Instagram is a great way to connect with friends, family, colleagues, and customers. With so many different reasons to have an Instagram account, it’s no wonder you might want to try on many hats and appeal to a variety of audiences.

However, you’ll lose followers if you try too hard to please everyone. Although it may seem overly complicated, you should consider creating and tending multiple Instagram accounts to serve your varied interests.

Lucky for you, Instagram has acknowledged this need and makes it easy for users to create and switch between up to five different accounts.

How to Create a New Instagram Account

Before you can add a new account to your roster, you need to create it. Assuming you already have one account set up, log in to that account and do the following:

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Tap the Options icon.                                                                                                                             
  3. Tap the Settings icon.                                                                               
  4. Tap Add Account.                                                                                    
  5. Scroll down and tap Sign Up.                                                     
  6. Choose how you want to sign up. Note that if you’ve already used Facebook for your current account, then you can’t do that again.
  7. Enter the necessary information for your chosen sign up method. 
  8. Verify the account if required.
  9. Enter profile information as prompted.
  10. Create a unique username. Make sure you make it suitable different from your other accounts.

Now you are logged in to your new account. Note that you can’t access your other posts and followers when logged in under this account.

How to Add an Existing Account

Creating multiple logins is only part of the puzzle. Once the login has been created, it’s time to link it to your other accounts. This will make it easier to switch between accounts without having to re-enter your login information.

  1. Go to the profile of an active Instagram account.
  2. Tap the Options icon.                                                                                                             
  3. Tap the Settings icon.                                                           
  4. Tap Add Account.                                                                 
  5. Enter the username and password of the account you want to add. Note this should not be the account you’re currently logged into.

Using this method, you are able to connect up to five different accounts to the same Instagram app.

Enable Push Notifications

If you have push notifications enabled for your existing account, then you’ll notice little updates regarding likes, followers, and more.

But how do you know which account these notifications are linked to?

According to Instagram, you’ll receive push notifications for any account that has them enabled. Just make sure you don’t get them confused. Enable push notifications with the following steps:

  1. Go to the profile for the account in question.
  2. Tap on the Options icon.                                                                                                         
  3. Tap the Settings icon.                                                         
  4. Tap Notifications.                                         
  5. Tap Push Notifications.              
  6. Adjust notification preferences.                                                

Switch Between Accounts – The App

Once you’ve created and linked your accounts you can easily switch between the profiles. The Instagram app makes it really simple to do this; tap your profile icon in the lower right-hand corner.

Next, tap on your username at the top of the screen. Then, tap on the account you’d like to manage.

Switch Between Accounts – Desktop

If you’re using the Desktop site to manage your two (or more) accounts, there’s no simple switch option like the app version. So what can you do if you need to swap accounts?

The first thing you’ll need to do is click on your profile icon and click the option to logout. Confirm that you’d like to logout of your account. Next, tap the ‘Switch Accounts‘ option at the bottom of the web page.

Login using the credentials to the account you’d like to manage. From now on your account will be saved to the web page. When you visit Instagram on that web browser you simply click ‘Log In’ on whichever account you need to access.

Account Recovery

While you can link multiple Instagram accounts to a single phone number or email, be careful. This could present problems if you ever need to recover one of those accounts. If Instagram is confused about which account you’re trying to access, then it might only allow you to reset the password for one account while you’re trying to access another. For this reason, users are advised to use a unique account setup email or phone number for each Instagram account.

Removing or Deleting an Account

Removing an account from your lineup is easy, and it won’t permanently delete the account in case you ever want to add it back. The account will remain active for followers who still want access to your post history.

  1. Switch to the account you want to remove.
  2. Scroll down and tap Log Out of Account.                                 

You can also choose Log Out of All Accounts if you’re looking to do some spring cleaning.

Deleting an account is also relatively easy, at least by Facebook standards, but a word of caution. This will permanently remove all of the posts, comments, and followers associated with that account.

  1. Go to the Instagram Delete Your Account [1] page.
  2. Login to the account you want to delete.
  3. Select a reason why you want to delete your account.
  4. Click Permanently Delete My Account.

You can’t perform this action from inside the Instagram app.