How to change the phone number in your Instagram account

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

You may be moving to another country or just chose another provider of mobile services. Whatever your reason, it's not a big deal to change your linked phone number on Instagram.

When can you replace your phone number?

  • It's specified in the Instagram settings.
  • You use two-factor authentication.
  • You have a business account.
We advise you to switch on the 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 phone number in the Instagram settings

It's obligatory to add the mobile number to Instagram and change it timely. 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.

Phone number in the Instagram app

Let's start with the Instagram app, here is how you can change the phone number in its settings.

  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 Instagram account.

Phone number in the Instagram desktop

Changing your phone number on Instagram from a computer is almost the same. The only difference is that you don't need to confirm the number with a 6-digit code.

Follow these steps below to add a new number to your Instagram via a 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! Your phone number on Instagram has been successfully changed.

Change your phone number for Instagram two-factor authentication

If you turned on two-factor authentication, it's especially important to change the phone number on Instagram timely. Thus, you will not lose the access to your account. You will receive SMS and WhatsApp messages.

You can add the new phone number for two-factor authentication only in the Instagram 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 phone number for two-factor authentication on Instagram has been updated.

Change your number if you have a business account on Instagram

If you run a business account on Instagram, don't forget to timely change the phone number in the Contact options section. Then your clients will easily contact you. 

You can add or change this phone number only in the Instagram 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 updated the number that will be shown in your Instagram 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 Instagram customers to contact you. Choose from over 300 designs and create your perfect Taplink page. 

Can I change my phone number on Instagram without logging in?

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

Let’s recap

Now you know how to change your Instagram phone number. When it's crucial to update it:

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

You can change the phone number only by logging into your Instagram 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.