How to use multiple Instagram accounts from one phone

Instagram Multiple Accounts

If you are here, it is very much likely that you are an Instagram user with more than one account which you access frequently. It would be a pain to log out and again log into the account each time you want to switch an account, thankfully Instagram has relieved us of this pain by introducing multi-user functionality in their app. This lets you manage up to 5 Instagram accounts from the app and also receive notifications from all of them.

One of my friend, Chandana, who was designated the task to manage the Instagram account of a student-run NGO named Street Cause messaged me asking for help, She already had an Instagram account and was wondering if there was any way to add the secondary account of the NGO, both of which she will need continuous access to. She didn’t want to log out and log in each time as it would be a tedious task. Fortunately, Instagram had just then introduced this feature natively and it wasn’t difficult to guide her through it. Having realized that many people are still looking for ways to manage multiple accounts, we decided to cover two ways to do the same.

There are two ways to use multiple accounts on Instagram from the same phone, one is the official way and the other is un-official, we will describe both the methods below and explain the advantages of both so that you can easily decide which way to go.

Official Method

I’m almost sure you would be surprised to know that Instagram officially supports managing multiple accounts from their app, if you’d already known it then the chances of you being here are low. Both the Android and the iOS versions now support the multi-user functionality natively, and you can swap between the profile seamlessly.

To start off, make sure you are running the latest version of Instagram available on the PlayStore or the AppStore, and then Open the Instagram app and log in using your primary account in case you haven’t logged in yet. Then go to the settings icon by either tapping the gear icon or the three stacked dots based on the operating system that you use.

Scroll down to the bottom to find a button labeled “Add account” and tap it, this should open up a dialogue box for you. Key in your username and password for the second account that you wish to add and then click on log in. This should log you into the second account while still keeping the first one alive. You can now switch between the two accounts seamlessly without having the enter the password each time.

Instagram Add Account

Instagram Login

Switch Accounts

With the native introduction of multiple accounts features into the Instagram app, the switching between profiles has been simplified to a great extent. All you need to do is, go to your profile and tap on the username that is at the top of the screen and this will bring up a menu with all the usernames which you have added to the Instagram app. Tap on the account that you want to switch to and you will be switched to the profile.

Do note that you will keep receiving push notifications from all the accounts that were added to the app unless you manually turn them off for each account, image a scenario where you’ve logged in 5 accounts into the app, that would mean push notifications from all the five accounts and it could soon get difficult to keep up with and might also very much drain the battery. In such a case, it is recommended to turn off push notifications which you can easily do for each account.

Turn Off Push Notifications

As talked about in the previous section, if you’re being troubled by too many notifications and your battery is draining out much sooner than you want it to, then you might want to consider turning off the notifications. To do so, follow the steps below.

Go to one of your linked profiles and tap on the settings button which is a gear icon or three dots depending on your operating system. Now, tap on the “push notifications settings” option in the menu and change your settings as required. Repeat the steps for the other accounts if you’ve more than 2 accounts.

Removing an account from the Instagram app

Instagram has also made it very easy to remove the account from the app if you no longer need access to the profile.

Start off by switching to the profile that you want to be removed from the app and then tap on the settings as you always would and then scroll down to the bottom of the settings page and look for the Logout button. tap this button to log out of your Instagram account and it should also remove the account from the list.

Unofficial Way

The un-official way to use multiple Instagram accounts is by using a third party app. Although there are several third-party options to use multiple Instagram accounts on the same phone, I recommend that you use an app called Parallel Space.

This essentially creates a mirror image of any app which you could use to log into another account. To use this app, download it from PlayStore, Apple users can skip it as it is available only on Android. Once you’ve it downloaded onto your phone, open it and tap on the + icon which is to add apps to the Parallel Space. Go through the list and find the Instagram app and select it. Once the app is added to the parallel space, go ahead and tap on it to open the app. You should now be presented with an option to log into the app, once you log in, you can use the app just like you use the regular Instagram app.

Do note that we’ve occasionally faced problems with push notifications while using this method and would advise you to stick to the above official method if you consider push notifications an important aspect.

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