How to Create Instagram Access Token for Instagram Feed Widget?

Recently Instagram made changes to its policies making it mandatory in some regions for users to be logged in to https://instagram.com to view images for public profiles. This caused the Themedelights Instagram Feed to break since it is no longer able to access the photos from Instagram.

In order to fix this issue, we have added a new way in which you can display photos from your Instagram Feed. This new method requires you to create Instagram Access Token. Instagram Access Token is required to prove that you’re the owner of your account and you allow the use of photos and content on your site.

So, here in this guide, we will show you how you can create Instagram Access Token and display images from Instagram on your site.

Create Instagram Access Token

Step 1: Create a Facebook App from Facebook for Developers

  • Head over to https://developers.facebook.com/ and click on “My Apps“.
Facebook for Developers
  • Next, click on “Create App”.
Create a New App in Facebook for Developers
  • Now, a popup will appear here asking the requirement for the new app that you’re going to create. Simply click on “Consumer” in the popup and click “Continue“.
Create a New App in Facebook for Developers
  • A new form will open up with some fields like App Display Name, App Contact Email, etc. Fill up these fields and click on “Create App”.
Create an App in Facebook for Developers
  • Next, go through the reCAPTCHA security check and the app will be created.

Step 2: Setup Instagram App

  • Once you have crossed the reCAPTCHA security check, a list of apps will be shown. Choose “Instagram Basic Display” from the list and click on “Set up”.
Instagram Basic Display
  • Now, some detailed information about the display, use cases, and permissions of “Instagram Basic Display” will show up. Read it up and click on “Create New App”.
  • Next, a popup will appear asking you to “Create a New Instagram App ID”. Type in the Display Name of the Instagram App ID and click on “Create App”. Here, in our example, we have added Display Name as “Test Feed”.
Display Name for Instagram App ID

Step 3: Instagram Basic Display Configuration

  • Configure the newly created app by heading over to Settings >> Basic on left-hand side menu of the screen.
Instagram Basic Display Configuration
  • Here, in the Basic settings, you’ll see App ID and App secret created by default by Facebook. You’ll need to fill out the remaining fields your app’s name, domain, email, and others. Select “Business and Pages” in the Category list and choose the “Yourself or your own business” option in the App Purpose block.
  • Finally, click on the “Save Changes” button.

Step 4: Add Instagram Test User

  • Head over to Dashboard >> Roles and click on “Add Testers” in the Tester Section.
Add Instagram Tester
  • Now, a popup will open up asking for the username of the Instagram Handle that you want to add as a tester. Enter your username here. For our example, we have used our own Instagram username “helloideabox” here.
  • Once you add the Instagram username and click on “Submit”, an invitation will be sent to the Instagram Account.
Invitation Sent to Instagram User
  • Next, you will have to confirm this invitation by heading over to Instagram.com and signing in to your account. After signing in, head over to Settings >> Apps & Websites >> Tester Invites. Accept the invitation
Instagram Tester Added

Note: You’ll only be able to confirm the invitation by accessing instagram.com from the desktop. You won’t be able to confirm the invitation from the mobile app.

Step 5: Generate Instagram Access Token using App ID and App Secret

Once you have accepted the invitation, head over to Products in Dashboard. Here, click on Instagram Basic Display and a dropdown list will open. Select “Basic Display” from the list.

Basic Display in Dashboard >> Products >> Instagram Basic Display
  • Here, scroll down, and you’ll be asked to insert Valid OAuth Redirect URIsDeauthorize Callback URL, and Data Deletion Request URL.
Client OAuth Settings, Deauthorize and Data Deletion Requests
  • Next, scroll down further and click on “Generate Token” in User Token Generator section. Please note that you should be logged in at https://www.instagram.com/ to generate a token.
  • Once you click on “Generate Token”, the Token will be generated as shown in the screenshot below.
Instagram Token Generated

As you can see in the above screenshot, the Instagram Access Token has been generated. Simply click on “I understand” and Copy the Access Token.

Add Instagram Access Token in Instagram Feed Widget

  • Add Instagram Feed widget to any page.
  • In the Instagram Feed widget, add the Token that you generated in the “Access Token” column.
Enter the Access Token

Publish the page. The Instagram Feed widget will work perfectly fine now.