Users can now use apps such as Google Authenticator. Photo: Pixabay

INTERNATIONAL – Instagram will be adding a new security feature to all users which adds a non-SMS-based two-factor authentication.

This is according to a report by TechCrunch, which states that the company have rolled out the security feature last week and that non-SMS two-factor authentication is live now for all users.

Previously, the app required users to authenticate their login attempts via text message. However, this new update allows users to choose which type of authentication app they want to use to approve their logins.

How it works:

  • To enable two-factor authentication on Instagram, users can open the app and navigate to Settings >
  • Go to Privacy and Security and then
  • Select the Two-Factor Authentication option.

From this menu, users can select the Authentication App method to link an app such as Google Authenticator.

If you do not have an authentication app installed, Instagram will automatically invite you to download one.