How to Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts

Instagram is one of the top 30 most visited sites in the world (source: Alexa). The photo sharing social media channel was acquired in 2012 by Facebook, the social media giant, for 1 billion dollars. Instagram is one of the channels that we use to post news about our business. If you have multiple Instagram accounts that you would like to manage, I’m going to show you how you can switch to a different account without logging out.

Adding Another Instagram Account on a Phone

Instagram allows you to manage up to five different accounts on your mobile phone. To add a new account, go to your Instagram profile page. If you are on your Instagram profile page, you’ll see a hamburger menu icon on the top right of your screen. If not, tap your profile image on the bottom right of your screen. I’ve marked these locations for you.

To access the Instagram menu, tap the hamburger menu icon on the top right of your screen or you can swipe left.

Next, scroll down to the bottom of the menu and tap Settings.

You’ll see an Add Account link.

Tap that link and enter your Instagram account’s login credentials. That’s it.

Once you’ve added another Instagram account on your mobile phone, you’ll see a down arrow by your Instagram profile name. Tap your profile name, and you’ll be able to add another account here.

Switching to Another Instagram Account on a Desktop Computer

You can’t switch to another Instagram account from a desktop computer without logging out, but if you use Hootsuite, you can see multiple Instagram streams at the same time.

You can learn how to set up multiple Instagram accounts on Hootsuite by clicking here.

If this post helped you, I’d appreciate a share or a comment. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comment section below.


  1. R on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    U never mentioned how to switch b/n 2 accts via desktop. U only mentioned hootsuite not very helpful for those who dont have hoot.

  2. Tom Nguyen on September 23, 2019 at 10:30 am

    That’s because you can’t. I mentioned that in my post. I mentioned Hootsuite as an option if you really wanted to switch between accounts on a desktop.

  3. Robyn on October 16, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for the straightforward advice! All I was looking for was if I am able to switch between different accounts on desktop. Love the straightforward and helpful tips!

  4. Tom Nguyen on October 16, 2019 at 1:06 pm


    Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad I was able to help you.

  5. Daniella Ben-David on December 5, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    When I log out from my account on my computer I can’t log in as my second account since the only choice for log in is my regular private account.
    I type in the name of my second account and the password for my åprivate account and I get an error mesage saying that the account name or password is incorrect.
    what can I do?
    I want to add some photos and thibgs from my computer tyhat I don’t have on my Ipda or phone.

  6. Tom Nguyen on December 16, 2019 at 5:35 pm


    If you want to switch accounts without logging out, you’ll need to do it from your phone.

  7. Emily on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you for the helpful information! I am trying to connect by business Instagram to my Squarespace website, but my business account is linked to my personal Instagram. Since I am not able to switch to my business account from my personal Instagram (and since I can only log into my personal Instagram from my laptop), I am wondering if I should separate my two Instagram accounts? Also, if I do separate them and connect my business account to my website, am I able to link my business Instagram and personal Instagram together again afterward?

  8. Tom Nguyen on January 2, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    That’s outside the scope of this article, Emily.

  9. JD on January 15, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    So basically if you make a second account on your current Instagram there’s not way to log in to it on a cpu? Since it will auto you to your main every time since the accounts both share the same log info?

  10. Tom Nguyen on January 27, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    JD, on a desktop computer, your best best is to use Hootsuite or some other social media manager software.

  11. Joanne Adirim on January 29, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks Tom for clearing up my search for switching accounts desktop. I’ve been switching on my phone, but wanted the same convenience desktop.

    Do you have any insight into why this function isn’t available desktop? If the peeps at Instagram will make this feature in the near future?

  12. Tom Nguyen on January 29, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    My guess is that Instagram is mainly used on a mobile phone. Instagram makes an app for Android tablets, but there isn’t one for the iPhone.

  13. Michael on April 10, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Why isn’t it possible to login to a linked account from a desktop? – Not often that this is needed but when you managing more than one account it’s a lot easier to do that from a computer.

    Are there any free desktop applications to do this? (except for Hootsuite)

  14. Tom Nguyen on April 29, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Micheal, I don’t work for Instagram, so I don’t know the answer to that. My guess would be that Instagram was built to be a mobile application, and they don’t want people to update their accounts with their desktop computer.

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