How to refresh access token?

If you don’t know what Instagram access token is, please read this article first. There are 3 methods of refreshing your access token.

Refreshing access token for users logged in with e-mail and password

If you are logged in using e-mail and password you can find list of all your Instagram accounts on this page or on your Dashboard.

Each Instagram account will have the information about the access token status like on the image below:

In this example, first account @paul has expired access token, and the token needs to be refreshed. Second account @best.of.instagram has active access token.

If access token for your account is expired, please click Refresh token button to refresh the token. Depends on how your account was connected to our website you will be either redirected to Instagram or Facebook page.

Make sure that you will grant all requested permissions to successfully refresh the token.

Access token page for users logged in with Facebook or Instagram

If you are already logged in to LightWidget but not via e-mail and password, you can refresh the token on access token page.

If your access token is active you do not have to refresh the token. If you see message that it’s not active you need to refresh the token.

Simply click Update your access token button and it will receive new token.

You can read more about this section in following article – How to check if my access token is active?

One thing to keep in mind here – if you log in to our website with social media (not via e-mail and password) and your token is expired, we will automatically request for new one.

It might happen that you will see that token is active. There should be also a note that it was just refreshed and your widgets are in the refresh queue.

Access token page when you are not logged in

In order to refresh your Instagram access token via access token page when you are not logged in:

  1. Visit following page –
  2. Click Refresh the token button.

If you are not logged in to Instagram you need to log in with your account. The account you will log into will obtain new access token. You should be redirected to our website and see message about new access token.

If you have widgets connected to your account they will be added to our refresh queue. Few minutes after that all your widgets should be refreshed with new access token.

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