How to change the phone number on your Instagram account

Julia Moore
All socials require a new user to add an email address or phone number. And Instagram isn't an exception. But what would you do if you linked your Instagram account to the phone which you don't use anymore? The answer is pretty simple: merely change it. In this article, we'll guide you through the information on how you can change the phone contact on Instagram.
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How can you change your phone number on Instagram?

Whether you want to change the current number because you are moving to another country or just chose another provider of mobile services with more favorable conditions — it doesn't matter. Whatever your reason, it's not a big deal to switch the linked phone number on Instagram.

When can you replace your phone number?

  • If it's specified in the Instagram settings.
  • If you use two-factor authentication.
  • If you have a business account.
We advise you to switch on two-factor authentication to protect your Instagram account privacy. Then to log in to your profile, you will need not only a username and password but also a 6-digit confirmation code. You can get it in an SMS notification, WhatsApp, or in the app for generating codes. 

Change your number in the settings

It's obligatory to add the mobile number to Instagram. Thus, you'll be able to restore access to your profile in case you forget your password. You can switch your contact as in the app, as well as in the desktop version.

The Instagram app version

  1. Open your Instagram account and tap the profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Hit Edit Profile.
  3. Scroll down and tap Personal information settings.
  4. Hit the Phone number field.
  5. Tap the field and remove the phone number.
  6. Add a new phone number and hit Next.
  7. After that, you will receive an SMS notification with a 6-digit verification code to confirm the linking of the phone number to your account. Add the code to the field.
  8. Hit Done
  9. Tap Done to save the new number.

Done! Now a new phone number is linked to your account.

The Instagram desktop version 

The procedure of switching the cell number via the Instagram web version is similar to the steps in the app. The only thing is that you don't need to confirm the phone number with a 6-digit code.

Follow these steps below to add a new number via your PC.

  1. Open your profile in the desktop version of Instagram and click on the profile picture in the top-right corner. 

02. Select Profile.

03. Go to Edit Profile.

04. Click on the Phone number field and delete the old contact.

05. Enter a new phone number in the Phone number field.

06. Press Submit.

Done! The cell number has been successfully changed.

Change your number for two-factor authentication

If you have two-factor protection enabled via SMS notifications or WhatsApp, it is especially important to monitor the relevance of the added number.

You can add the new number for two-factor authentication only in the app.
  1. Open the Instagram app and go to your account. Tap the avatar in the lower right corner.
  2. Tap the three lines in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Go to Security.
  5. Hit Two-factor authentication.
  6. Tap the Text message.
  7. Go to Change phone number.
  8. Remove the current phone number from the entry box.
  9. Add a new phone number and hit Next.
  10. Add your private Instagram code from the SMS notification to verify a new phone number.
  11. After that, tap Next to confirm the number changing.
  12. Tap Next again.

Done! The number for two-factor authentication has been updated.

Change your number if you have a business account

If you run a business account, don't forget to update your cell number in the Contact options section. Then your clients will easily contact you. 

You can add or change the number only in the app.
  1. Open Instagram and go to your profile. Tap your photo in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Hit Edit Profile.
  3. Go to Contact options.
  4. Tap your previous number.
  5. Remove the specified phone number from the entry box.
  6. Add a new number and Hit Done.
  7. Tap Save to submit your new phone number.

Done! You've added the new number that will be shown in your profile. 

By the way, if you are seriously thinking about promoting your business on Instagram, then add a link to your website in the bio. And if you don't have your website, then create it at Taplink. This tool allows you to place several links in the Instagram bio at once. In addition to links to your messengers and social networks, add photos and videos. Specify your phone number to make it easier for customers to contact you. Choose from over 300 designs and create your perfect Taplink page. 

Can I change my phone number without logging in?

No, you can't change the number without logging into your account. 

Let’s recap

Now you know how to change an Instagram phone number. When it's crucial to think over number changing:

  • If your number is specified in the profile settings.
  • If you use two-factor authentication.
  • If you specified your phone as a way to contact you in your business account.

You can switch the cell number only by logging into your account. In addition, you can delete it. And if you want to know how to do that, read our article.

Add the number to your Taplink page. Then customers will easily find your contact number.

Why did you decide to change your old phone number? Share your reasons in the comments.