How to Create Another Instagram Account on the Same Device

Filed in How Tos by on March 21, 2019 0 Comments

Last week, I was featured on a question and answer session on a WhatsApp group. A participant asked, “how can I use multiple Instagram accounts on my device”? I could not give a comprehensive answer which resulted in writing a detailed explanation of how to use two Instagram accounts on the same device seamlessly without login out one for the other.

Why Using Two Accounts?

Most users especially business owners have a business account to promote their products and services and to attract more customers by getting them engaged and personal account which is meant for uploading photos and videos (basically for fun). Maintaining separate account is highly recommended in this scenario but it may be frustrating to maintain the two because you had to sign out of one to access another.

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The Breakthrough

The frustration part came to an end on February 8, 2016, when Instagram announced account switching on Android and IOS app. The new update means users with multiple accounts won’t have to log out to switch to another account.

The Instagram update also makes it easy for users to create a new account while they are still logged into their current account. So let us start with creating a new account with your IG app while you are still logged in to your primary account

Creating New Instagram Account

If you need a new Instagram account for your business or for another purpose, you can do so without logging out your current account, follow the steps below to open a new IG account on the same device

Method 1:

    1. Open your Instagram application then go to your profile by clicking on the user icon below the pageig profile page
    2. At the top left corner of your Instagram app, you will notice your username with an arrow-down iconIG user profile
    3. Tap your username then click on “ + Add Account” button
      IG add account
    4. On the login page, tap the “sign up” text at the bottom of the page

If you are logged in to Facebook on your device, it will request if you want to continue with your Facebook account, you can tap the blue button if your account is not yet connected to any Facebook account but it is advisable to register with an email address or phone number.


Sign in as fb

  1. Click on “Sign up with email or phone number”
  2. Enter your phone number if you would like to sign up with phone or tap the email tab to enter your email if you would like to sign up with email instead.
  3. Follow the next screen instructions and enter all necessary details required to set up your new IG account. Once you successfully finished the registration task, your new account will be connected automatically to your app on the same device. Now, you can access your primary and secondary account on the same app on the same device

Method 2:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the 3 horizontal menu lines.
  2. Tap Settings at the bottom of the flyout menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and tap Add Account.
  4. Then perform steps 4 to 7 in Method 1 above

Note: Whichever option you selected, make sure the email or phone number has never been used to sign up for Instagram or connected to any IG account.

Adding Your Second Instagram Account on Your Device

If you already have another account you would like to access on your device simultaneously with your primary account, the above steps are not applicable to you, follow the screenshot below to add your second account

Method 1:

  1. Open your Instagram app
  2. Go to your profile by clicking the user icon at the bottom right corner of the page
  3. Locate your username at the top left corner of the page, tap on your username
  4. A drop-down menu will display, tap “Add Account”
  5. Enter the “Username” and “Password” of the new account in their respective fields
  6. Tap the “Login” button
  7. Your account is now connected

Method 2:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the 3 horizontal menu lines.
  2. Tap Settings at the bottom of the flyout menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and tap Add Account.
  4. Then perform steps 5 to 7 in Method 1 above
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Note: You can add up to 5 Instagram account one a device, you just need to repeat the steps above if you would like to add more IG profiles

You can watch the video below for visual explanation on how to create a new Instagram account and how to add multiple IG accounts on one device

Switching Between Accounts

Having successfully added 2 to 5 accounts on one device, you will definitely want to switch from one to another, here is how to:

  1. From your IG page, tap on the user icon at the bottom right corner of the page
  2. From your Instagram profile page, locate the current account username at the top left corner of the page, you will notice a drop-down arrow next to the username
  3. Tap the username, this will display a drop-down list of all the Instagram accounts
  4. You can now switch to another account by just clicking on the account username

You will notice the current account username will appear in the comment field when commenting or replying to another user’s post. With this, you will know the exact account you are working with.

Removing Account That You Have Added

Removing an account is synonymous to logging out of the account. There are two options for logging out, you can either log out a particular account or log out all accounts that are connected to the app. To log out one or all accounts, follow the steps below:

  1. Switch to the account you want to remove (follow the steps above)
  2. Go to the account profile (Once you switch in step 1 above, you should be taken to the profile directly)
  3. Locate 3 Horizontal lines at the top right corner, this is also known as menu Tap on this icon to present a flyout menu from the right
  4. On the flyout menu, locate the Gear Icon and Settings below, tap on the icon or “settings” text
  5. You will be redirected to the account’s settings page, scroll down to the final section of the page which is “Logins”
  6. Under Logins, you will be presented with 3 Options,
    1. Log Out of [Username]
    2. Log Out of All Accounts
    3. Add Account
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Select option (a) to log out of the current account

Select option (b) if you would like to log out of all the connected accounts]

Select option (c) if you want to add a new account instead

Depending on any log out options selected, your account will be successfully removed


In some cases, the target account may still be logged in, follow the steps below

  1. Close your Instagram app
  2. Check your Internet connection if it is active or not
  3. Launch your app again
  4. Go the profile of the account you want to remove
  5. Repeat the steps on how to remove account above

If there is no network connectivity issues, your account should now be removed successfully

Push Notification

Now that you have multiple accounts connected on one app, you will be worried about the account that will display push notification. Not to worry, all accounts are eligible to show push notifications provided you turned them “ON” on the settings page for each account. To check or edit your push notification settings, kindly do the following

  1. Go to your profile and tap the 3 horizontal menu lines at the top right corner of the page.
  2. Tap Settings at the bottom of the flyout menu that appear.
  3. Scroll down to the Notification section.
  4. Tap on Push notification to edit your notification preference
  5. Repeat these steps for all account

Final Note

This is definitely a laudable feature of the Instagram app and worth trying out if you haven’t. Have you been using multiple accounts on the same device? Please kindly share your experience (good or bad) with us


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