Instagram Not Sending SMS Code? Why & How To Fix It

In this article, you'll learn why Instagram is not sending SMS code. You'll also learn how you can fix Instagram to send SMS code to your device.
Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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If you’re having an issue verifying access to your account because Instagram is not sending SMS codes. You’ll be able to fix it using the WEB or check if you’ve Blocked Instagram from sending a text.

To create an Instagram account, you need the code to continue the process. If you’ve enabled Instagram two-factor authentication, you’ll be asked to enter the security code sent through SMS.

You’ll also be asked about the SMS code if Instagram asks you to verify your phone number when something suspicious is going on on your account. This issue could be caused by different reasons.

In this article, you’ll learn why Instagram is not sending SMS codes. You’ll also learn how you can fix Instagram to send SMS codes to your device.

What To Do When Instagram Is Not Sending SMS Codes?

If you’re not receiving SMS codes from Instagram, you’ll need to fix it to be able to get back into your account or the creation process.

Trying to log into your Instagram account or verify your phone number but you’re not receiving the SMS code, this may be for different reasons.

We’ve researched to help you get this fix and start receiving the six-digit verification code from Instagram, which will allow you to verify your identity for your account.

We’ll assume that you have a stable internet connection, the phone number is not banned by Instagram and it’s correct.

Now, this is what you need to do to be able to receive a verification code from Instagram again.

If you just want to create an Instagram account, and you’re not getting any SMS code on your phone number. You should switch to using an email address.

This will work smoothly with no problem, but just in case you’re still not receiving any security code from Instagram.

It means that it’s a technical issue, and you’ll not be able to fix it on your end. [You can always check the Spam folder].

If you already have an account, and you’re being asked to confirm your phone number with the SMS code, but you’re not getting one.

See What To Do To Fix It. Use another device, you can use your computer or mobile device. Go to the device web browser and enable incognito mode.

From the Incognito mode, go to Instagram web and log in to your account. If you’re asked to verify your login or phone number. Instagram will send you the code.

You’ll see the SMS code on your phone. This will also work if you’re using an email to confirm the login or phone number.

You’ll also be able to use the link to sign in to your account via the code sent by Instagram. You can also try this tip on your phone browser via incognito mode.

Check If Instagram Is Blocked

Another way you can fix this issue is to check if Instagram is blocked from sending you messages.

If you’re using an iOS device, go to your iPhone Settings, then tap on Messages. Tap on Blocked Contacts, tap Edit and you’ll see all the numbers that are blocked from sending you messages.

You may likely see the Instagram number there if you’re not sure you can unblock everyone on the blocked list. Doing this will fix the issue for some, but not all.

If you have an Android, go to your Messages app, then tap on the three dots at the top right. Tap Spam & blocked and you’ll see the messages that are blocked.

One Last One

One last thing you should consider doing is; removing your SIM card from your phone and inserting it into another device. Then try requesting Instagram for a new code again.

Why is Instagram Not Sending SMS Code?

There are different reasons why the Instagram confirmation code is not received on your phone.

1. Using A Third-Party App

If you’re using a third-party app that lets you gain followers, unfollow, or track followers on your account, you may not be able to get the security code from Instagram.

If you try to use some Instagram third-party app, you’ll be logged out of your account and will not be able to gain access to your account. Even when you keep asking Instagram to resend the code.

This is one of the major causes if you’re not receiving SMS or Email security code from Instagram.

2. Instagram Suspend Account

You may not be able to get into your account if Instagram has suspended your account.

Most times, the problem isn’t the fault of your network provider, this problem is directly from Instagram. And they don’t want to send any code to you.

3. Instagram Phishing

If you’ve previously tried to log in to your account to a phishing site, and Instagram detected it your account may be restricted. And you’ll not be able to get the verification code to log in.

4. Instagram Has An Issue

If you haven’t done anything, and Instagram isn’t allowing you to get the code to your SMS, it means that the app has an issue. And you’ll not be able to gain access to your account anytime soon.

5. Block Instagram SMS

Many people don’t know that they’ve blocked Instagram SMS, and thus, they’ll not be able to see the new SMS code sent from Instagram.

If you’re using an Apple or Android device, you may have mistakenly blocked Instagram from sending you text messages.

6. Instagram Blocked Your Phone

If you haven’t done any of the above reasons, the most you can think of is that Instagram has blacklisted your device.

And even if you ask to receive the SMS code, you’ll not get the security code from Instagram.

To be sure, try to log in to another account on your phone and see if Instagram will send a verification code.

If you don’t receive the SMS code to verify the log in it means you won’t be able to use that device for Instagram.

How To Fix Instagram Not Sending SMS Code

To fix Instagram not sending security code to phone, always use your account normally, and don’t use any third-party app, and you’ll hardly run into issues on the app.

Fix 1: Unblock Instagram

To fix Instagram not sending SMS codes, you’ll need to check if Instagram is blocked from sending a text message. Then you’ll need to unblock it from the block list/Spam & blocked list.

For iOS: If you’re using an iOS device, go to your iPhone Settings, then tap on Messages. Tap on Blocked Contacts, tap Edit and you’ll see all the numbers that are blocked from sending you messages.

For Android: If you have an Android, go to your Messages app, then tap on the three dots at the top right. Tap Spam & blocked and you’ll see the messages that are blocked.

You may likely see the Instagram number there if you’re not sure you can unblock everyone on the blocked list. Doing this will fix the issue for some, but not all.

Fix 2: Using Incognito Mode

If you’re not able to use the Instagram app to verify your phone number and log in to your Instagram account. You can try using the Instagram web in incognito mode.

To fix the Instagram security code not sending. Go to the device web browser and enable incognito mode.

From the Incognito mode, go to Instagram web and log in to your account. If you’re asked to verify your login or phone number. Instagram will send you the SMS code.

You’ll see the SMS code on your phone. This will also work if you’re using an email to confirm the login or phone number.

You’ll also be able to use the link to sign in to your account via the code sent by Instagram.

Fix 3: Use Another Device

If you’ve tried using your device to gain access and even use the incognito mode, but it still didn’t send any SMS code from Instagram, your IP/device may have been blacklisted.

Now, you’re going to use another device to verify your phone number. This issue mostly happens if you’re using an Instagram account for Spamming.

You’re going to try using incognito mode with another device. You can use your PC/Mac or iOS/Android web browser.

Open your favorite web browser, and go to incognito mode. From the Incognito mode, go to Instagram web and log in to your account. If you’re asked to verify your login or phone number.

You’ll see the SMS code on your phone. This will also be when you’re using an email to confirm the login or phone number.

Fix 4: Use Email/Different Number

If you’re creating a new account, and Instagram is not sending you a verification code after you’ve tried throughout the day.

You’ll need to use another option to verify your account. You can choose to use another phone number, or better still use an email address.

Using an email address will just make things run smoothly. You can always add your phone number later after you’ve successfully created the account.

Fix 5: Wait For 3-4 Days

If you’re trying to get back access to your account and Instagram is not sending you any SMS verification code on your phone.

You’ll need to wait and pass the time, you can cool down for 3-4 days, and after that try logging in to your Instagram account.

You can try via the Instagram web first, and if you’re successful you can then proceed to use the Instagram app to sign in to your account.

Conclusion

Instagram has a lot of complications, why this may be happening for most users it certainly isn’t happening for others.

But one thing I know about a social app like Instagram is that; if you use the app normally as a normal person would do, you won’t get into all these issues.

If you’re not able to receive an SMS code from Instagram for verification, it means you must have done something, or something is happening.

You may have blocked Instagram from sending you a text message, or your device/IP address has been blacklisted. You’re using a third-party app, which Instagram disapproves of.

If you’re doing all this plus Other, you may not likely get an Instagram SMS code. To fix it, you can wait for 4 days, or see if you have blocked Instagram from texting you.

You can also use another device with Instagram web and incognito mode to see if Instagram will send you the SMS code.

One thing you should consider is; removing your SIM card from your phone and inserting it on another device. Then try requesting Instagram for a new code again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I not receiving my SMS code from Instagram?

You’re not receiving an SMS code because Instagram may have blacklisted your device or IP. It could also be that you have blocked Instagram from sending you a text message on your device.

Why did I receive the Instagram security code even if I had not asked for it?

If receive the Instagram security code when you didn’t ask for it, it means that someone is trying to gain access to your account. If you have Instagram two-factor authentication enabled, there’s no need to worry.

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