How to Unlink Facebook From Instagram

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Ever since Facebook purchased Instagram, the two have been closely linked. While you could open an Instagram profile without a Facebook account, it was strongly recommended you connect the two. Fortunately, if you no longer want this setup, there are ways to unlink Instagram and Facebook.

Why Unlink Instagram From Facebook?

Facebook has imported many of its features into Instagram. This includes text-only Stories and an algorithmic feed. So it's only be natural to question why you should leave the two platforms connected, especially as it's no longer the norm to publish all your online activity to the Facebook News Feed. 

It has also become clear that Facebook mishandles your data. From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to a massive security breach compromising 50 million accounts, many people no longer trust Facebook to handle their personal information.

However, the privacy benefits of unlinking Facebook from Instagram are only an illusion. The same company owns the two platforms, and Instagram even stores your data on Facebook's servers. 

That said, removing Facebook from Instagram will stop the latter from suggesting your account to your Facebook friends. 

How to Unlink Facebook From Instagram

To unlink the two accounts, you need to disconnect your Facebook account in the Instagram app. You'll no longer be able to post your Instagram photos to Facebook automatically nor can you connect with Facebook friends.

  1. Open Instagram on your phone.

  2. Go to your profile and tap the three horizontal lines at the top right of the window. 

  3. Tap Settings at the bottom of the menu.

    Instagram settings.
  4. Scroll to Privacy and Security and tap Linked Accounts.

  5. If Facebook is connected to your Instagram account, the Facebook icon will be blue.

  6. Tap the linked account, then tap Unlink account.

    Instagram settings.