If your phone number is linked to your Instagram profile, it makes it easier for other people to find you on the app. Using ‘contact syncing’ anyone with your number in their phone contacts can find you on Instagram. If you do not wish to be found using your number, there is a way you can avoid it. In this article, we show you how to remove your phone number from Instagram.
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Remove your Phone Number from Instagram using the mobile app
Before you begin, make sure you’ve disabled Two Factor Authentication using text messages and added an email address to your Instagram profile.
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone and go to your profile.
Step 2: Select ‘Edit Profile’.
Step 3: Select ‘Personal information settings’.
Step 4: Tap the cross icon next to your number to delete it.
Step 5: Hit ‘Next’ to save your changes.
Remove your Phone Number from Instagram using the desktop website
Step 1: Open Instagram on your PC’s web browser and go to your profile.
Step 2: Click on ‘Edit Profile’ or professional account.
Step 3: Go to the phone number box and click on ‘Remove the number’.
Step 4: Click on Submit to save the changes.
Disable contact syncing on Instagram
If you do not want Instagram to access your contacts, disable contact syncing. Here’s how.
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your phone and go to your profile.
Step 2: Tap on the hamburger menu.
Step 3: Select ‘Settings and privacy’.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Accounts Centre’.
Step 5: Tap on ‘Your information and permissions’.
Step 6: Select ‘Upload Contacts’.
Step 7: Turn off the toggle bar for ‘Connect Contacts’.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I remove my phone number from Instagram?
If you aren’t able to remove your phone number from Instagram, make sure you have disabled two-factor authentication and added a valid email address to your profile.
How do I remove contact access for Instagram?
To make sure Instagram doesn’t access your contacts go to Settings>Apps>Instagram>Permissions and remove its access to your contacts.
What is contact syncing on Instagram?
Once you enable contact syncing on Instagram, you get better friend suggestions as the app uses your contacts to recommend you people that you may know.
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This is how you can remove your phone number from Instagram. If two-factor authentication is the only thing keeping you from removing your number on Instagram, you can substitute text-based 2FA with apps like Microsoft Authenticator and Google Authenticator. You can also remove your Facebook account from your Instagram using Accounts Centre.