How to Unlink Instagram from Facebook
Facebook and Instagram are intricately connected, which you may expect since Facebook has owned Instagram after the 2012 buyout.
That’s why Facebook will automatically create an Instagram account for you if you don’t have one. But you can link your Instagram and Facebook profile on your own too. And you can also unlink the two if you so wish.
Whatever your reason, it’s good to know that you have that option. Here’s how.
Unlink on Instagram
Linking your Instagram and Facebook accounts can be more convenient in that it’s easier to share your Instagram posts to Facebook. But it also makes your online presence more traceable, which not everyone appreciates.
Besides, you may be trying to project a different image on the two platforms. Whatever the case may be, here’s how to unlink:
- Open Instagram on your mobile device and select Menu (three horizontal lines).
- Select “Settings” and then “Account.”
- Select “Linked Accounts” and then select “Facebook.”
- If you’re using an iPhone select “Unlink Account,” or “Unlink” for an Android phone.
- Finally, select “Yes, Unlink” to confirm.
Your Instagram account is now disconnected from Facebook. And you’ll lose the option to post to Facebook from Instagram directly.
Reminder: You can have more than one Instagram account linked to your Facebook account. And if you want to unlink each of them, make sure to log into every profile and repeat the above.
Removing Your Instagram Posts from Facebook
You can just as easily unlink your Instagram on Facebook. But what are you supposed to do with all your existing Instagram posts on Facebook?
Do you have to go to Facebook and delete each of them manually? You could do that, of course.
Fortunately, there’s a more straightforward way to do that. It’s best to go through these steps on your browser. Here’s what you do:
- Open “Settings” and then choose “Apps.”
- Find Instagram on the list of apps, and if you can’t locate it, select “See More.”
- Select the Instagram icon.
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and find the “Remove App” option in small print.
- A popup window will appear. Make sure to check the box that says that Facebook will delete all the Instagram-related activities.
- Finally, select “Remove” and confirm.
After this, your Facebook and Instagram would officially function separately.
But Are You Really Unlinked?
Since Facebook owns Instagram, one can’t help but wonder if simply unlinking truly keeps the apps independent. Well, like as not they’re not.
It’s one thing if you’re unlinking Instagram and Facebook because you want to keep the posts separate and don’t care for the forced sharing.
But it’s another if your intention is to gain a sense of anonymity. Keeping your Facebook profile official, for example, and your Instagram under a pseudonym might sound like a good idea.
Unfortunately, Facebook already has so much of your data and it’s not going take long for the company to figure it out even if you’re using different emails and names.
Unlinking from Social Media
There is so much emphasis on staying connected and for every app to be linked with another. Without a question, that has the potential to make a lot of things faster and more productive. But it can also become burdensome.
We already know that so much of our data is online, and it can be really hard to keep things separate. Unlinking Instagram might not confuse Facebook about your identity, but it will at least give you a chance to keep things private or separated.
Have you successfully unliked your Instagram and Facebook accounts? What’s your reasoning for it one way or another? Let us know in the comments below.