What is Instagram Access Token – Brief Description
Authenticated requests need Instagram Access token. Access Token is an opaque string that identifies a user, app, or page. It can be used by the app to make graph API calls and is unique to each user.
Instagram Access Token is essential for the usage of most Instagram based apps.
Step-by-Step Guide for Getting Instagram Access Token
You have to complete the following 3 simple steps to get Instagram Access Token:
- Sign in Instagram as a developer
- Register a new Client ID
- Get Instagram Access Token using Client ID and Client Secret
We have prepared the detailed video and text instructions describing the process of connecting to Instagram API.
1. Sign in Instargam as a developer
Visit the Instagram Developer Page
Before getting your Access Token you have to register as a developer in Instagram and to receive Client ID and Client Secret. That’s why you should follow the link to the Instagram developer web page.
Log in Instagram
To get a Client ID and Client Secret you need to be registered in Instagram. Create an account or log in using the existing account to pass on to the next step.
Fill in the Developer Signup
Instagram demands to be registered as a developer from everyone, who wants to display Instagram feed on his website. After you log in Instagram the next window will appear.
Check all the fields on the web page:
- your website – the URL of your website
- phone number – any phone number
- what do you want to build with API – any short description
After this signup, the Instagram Developer Documentation will appear. There you will see greetings and the following overview.
Now, as a developer, you can register your application. To do that click on the link marked above. Instagram will notify you that at the moment you don’t have any apps and will offer you to create a new one.
The next step is to authorize your new application and new client.
2. Register a New Client ID
The next page has 4 obligatory fields for filling so be attentive!
Check the fields on the web page:
- application name – choose any appropriate name, which fits Instagram requirements
- description – any short description
- website URL – has to be https://elfsight.com/service/generate-instagram-access-token/
- valid redirect URIs – have to be https://elfsight.com/service/generate-instagram-access-token/ (note that you should set the link exactly to our service)
Now confirm your data and proceed to the next page. Here you can see received Instagram Client ID and Client Secret.
Note that if you are going to work with square photos on your website then turn on the non-square media option. Just edit your client and find “Migrations” section. Don’t forget to click “Update Plugin” so that changes will take effect.
3. Get Instagram Access Token using Client ID and Client Secret
Сopy your all-new Instagram Client ID and Client Secret and paste here.
We created this page so that you will be able to get your Instagram Access Token in the fastest way. Note that Instagram will request your authorization as a sandbox user. That’s why click “Authorize” on the next page in order to complete the task.
Copy the Generetad Access Token
Congratulations! You’ve achieved the task and get your Instagram Access Token. Feel free to use it and display Instagram photos on your website with the help of our Instagram plugins InstaShow or InstaLink.
You Don’t Feel Secure?
You might have another question about your newly achieved Instagram plugin and its security: “What if someone will get my Access Token?”. Simply – nothing terrible. Here’s why.
If someone gets your Access Token then don’t worry.
You can’t do anything with Instagram Access Token except browsing photos. This token doesn’t give any access to your personal data. Moreover, it doesn’t allow making any action from your name.
Keep going and share your Instagram feed on the website!
Still Have Questions about Authorization Process?
Feel free to contact us by submitting a ticket in Elfsight Support Center. We are ready to help you with any emergent issue. By the way, stay tuned to our blog and get more useful articles and plugins’ guides!