How to Create & Switch Between Multiple Instagram Accounts (Updated for iOS 13)

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Managing multiple Instagram accounts used to mean signing up for another account and logging in and out to switch between them. Nowadays, if you want to make a second account on Insta, you can do so and toggle between your multiple accounts seamlessly. Making a second Instagram account is fairly easy to do with the right instructions. Creating a second Instagram or having multiple Instagram accounts is ideal for those who need an Instagram business page, are social media managers, or have super cute pets that they want to create an account for. With the ability to switch between your multiple Instagram accounts, you can keep them each separate but equally accessible. We’re going to cover how to make a second Instagram account, how to manage multiple Instagram accounts, and how to delete an Instagram account.


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There are two ways to make a second Instagram account: you can create a new Instagram account while you're logged into your current account, or, if you have already created multiple Instagram accounts, you can simply connect them. We’ll go over both options in detail below, as well as how to switch between your Instagram accounts and how to remove or delete an Instagram account, should you need to in the future.

Create Multiple Instagram Accounts, Switch between Instagram Accounts, or Delete an Insta Account

How Many Instagram Accounts Can I Have?

How Do I Add Another Instagram Account?

How to Add an Instagram Account

How to Switch between Multiple Instagram Accounts

How to Remove an Instagram Account You Manage

How to Delete an Instagram Account

How Many Instagram Accounts Can You Have?

It’s good to note that two is not the limit of Instagram accounts you can create or manage simultaneously. Instagram allows you to manage up to five accounts. But you’ll need separate emails for each one.

How to Add a Second Instagram Account

Follow these instructions if you don’t already have a second Instagram. You’ll create a new Instagram account, and it will automatically connect to your primary Instagram account this way. If you already have two or more Instagram accounts, and you simply need to add an additional account, skip to the next section on How to Add an Account on Instagram.

Here’s how to create a second Instagram account that will automatically give you access to your multiple Instagram accounts:

  1. Open the Instagram app and tap on the person icon at the bottom of the screen to view your profile.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the upper right corner. 

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  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Add Account.

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  5. Tap Sign Up at the bottom of the page.
  6. Create a Username for your second Instagram account, then tap Next. Your username must be unique, if it isn't, Instagram will let you know that your choice has already been used by someone else, and that you need to create a different username.​

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  7. If you're signing up through Facebook, you'll be given the option to log in through your existing account, or to create a separate password.

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  8. If you aren't signing up with Facebook, enter your Phone or Email. You cannot use the same email for your second Instagram account. For this reason, I found it easiest to use my Phone number. If you use an email, you’ll need to confirm your Instagram account later by opening the email and selecting Confirm your email address.
  9. If you use a phone number, you’ll be prompted to enter the verification number that will immediately be sent to your iPhone. Once you’ve entered the verification code, tap Next.


     
  10. Now, you'll be prompted to complete your Instagram Sign Up. This process will include deciding whether or not to Connect to Facebook (you can opt-in later even if you choose Skip now).
  11. You'll also have the option to search your Contacts to see who's on Instagram, and also to add a profile photo, and have Instagram save your login information for you, so you never get locked out of your account.

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  12. Next is the Discover People page. Follow anyone you want to and tap Done.
  13. That’s it! Instagram will direct you to your new home page, and your other Instagram account will automatically be connected to this new one.


     

Ready to switch between your two accounts? Skip to How to Switch Between Your Multiple Instagram Accounts.

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How to Add an Account on Instagram

Have you already created a second Instagram that’s separate from your primary account? You don’t need to start from scratch: here's how to add your Instagram account to another so that you can easily switch between and manage multiple Instagram accounts. To add an account on Instagram:

  1. Open the Instagram app and view your profile, then tap the hamburger menu in the upper right corner.
  2. Tap the gear icon to open Settings within Instagram.​

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  3. Scroll down to the bottom. Tap Add Account.
  4. Sign in to your other account. Tap Login. If your other account is connected to Facebook, use Facebook to log in.

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That’s it; now your two accounts are connected. The next part of our article will show you how to switch between your accounts.

Pro-tip: If you already have multiple Instagram accounts, but you need to add another, you can quickly skip to that step from your Profile by tapping your username and selecting +Add Account from the dropdown list.

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How to Switch Between Your Multiple Instagram Accounts

  1. From your Instagram profile page, tap your username at the top.

  2. This will present a dropdown list of all your Instagram accounts; tap on the account you want to switch to.

    tap on your instagram account namechoose the instagram account you want to use

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How to Remove an Instagram Account That You Manage

This step previously had a bug preventing it from working, but Instagram corrected the bug with a recent update, and you can now remove unused accounts from your profile list (this will not delete the account):

  1. Open the Instagram app and view the account you want to remove.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.

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  4. Scroll down and tap Log Out.

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Now you're signed out of the account on your iPhone. To permanently delete an account, continue reading.

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How to Delete an Instagram Account (Forever & Completely)

Only do this if you want to delete the account, not just remove it. Since I created a bum account for this article, I’m going to go through the process of deleting it. Remember that if you do this, everything associated with that account will be deleted. However, the other accounts connected to it will remain untouched.

Despite how easily you can add or create a second (or third) Instagram account on your iPhone, you need to get on your computer or use a mobile browser in order to fully delete your Instagram account.

To delete an Instagram account:

  1. Either open a mobile browser on your iPhone or open a browser on your computer. You cannot do this in the Instagram iPhone or iPad app.

  2. Go to Instagram.com. Log into the account you want to delete.

  3. Now use this link to navigate to Instagram’s special Delete Your Account page.

  4. Next to Why are you deleting your account? Select your reasoning from the dropdown box.

  5. Depending on what you select, Instagram will attempt to offer some tips or articles to help you out in hopes that you’ll change your mind. Didn't work?


     

  6. Enter your password where it says To continue, please re-enter your password.

  7. Tap Permanently delete my account.  

  8. A pop up will ask you to confirm. If you’re sure, tap Ok.


     

  9. A confirmation page will confirm that you've deleted your account.

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Even once I deleted the account, it still appeared in my dropdown list of accounts, which, to me, only confirmed that this issue is a bug that will be fixed with a future Instagram update.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.