Facebook and Instagram each come with their own dedicated user base, and the two don’t always see eye to eye. While several Facebook users hardly ever use Instagram, many younger users are increasingly shying away from the mothership in favor of the arguably more hip social media platform. So if you only use one of the platforms or do not necessarily want to link Facebook and Instagram, read on. This guide will tell you how to disconnect Facebook from Instagram.
Guide to Unlink Facebook and Instagram (2021)
Linking your Instagram account to your Facebook profile means that you can share posts and stories directly from Instagram to Facebook. However, if you do not want that functionality, use the guide below to unlink the two social media platforms. You can also disconnect Facebook Messenger from Instagram if you don’t want the combined new messaging experience. So without further ado, let’s check out how you can remove Facebook and Facebook Messenger integrations from Instagram.
What Happens When You Disconnect Facebook from Instagram
Removing Facebook from Instagram keeps your social media profiles separate. If that sounds like something you want, follow the guide below to unlink the two apps. Before you do that, though, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Firstly, the de-linking would ensure that Instagram won’t automatically suggest you follow your Facebook friends on IG. Moreover, the people you follow on Instagram won’t automatically pop-up in your ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ suggestions on Facebook. Unlinking the two also stops cross-account logins, which means signing into one service won’t sign you in to the other automatically.
- Secondly, once you unlink your Facebook and Instagram accounts, you won’t be able to post to both sites automatically. However, your older auto-shared posts will remain on both platforms even after the unlinking process is complete. The decoupling of the two accounts will only ensure that the auto-sharing doesn’t happen in the future anymore.
- Finally, removing your Facebook profile from your Instagram account will also remove the Facebook Messenger integration with the photo-sharing app. That means you will no longer be able to take advantage of Facebook’s much-touted cross-app communication.
Note: You can only unlink Facebook and Instagram using the Instagram app and website. The functionality isn’t available on Facebook (either app or website).
Unlink Facebook and Instagram Using the Instagram Website
- Log into the Instagram website (link) and click on your profile icon at the top right-hand corner. Then select ‘Settings‘ from the drop-down menu.
- On the Settings page, scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Accounts Center‘ on the left sidebar.
- You will now see your linked Instagram and Facebook accounts listed on this page. Click on the ‘Accounts & profiles‘ section to start the process to disconnect the two profiles.
- On the next page, click on the account you want to remove.
- Now, click ‘Remove from Accounts Center‘ in the pop-up window.
- You will see a warning message saying that if you disconnect your accounts, it will end the connected experience across Facebook and Instagram. Disregard it and click on ‘Continue‘.
- Finally, confirm your selection by clicking the ‘Remove‘ button to disconnect your Facebook and Instagram accounts.
That’s it. Your Facebook and Instagram accounts are now unlinked, and you don’t need to worry about cross-posting or automatic logins.
Unlink Facebook and Instagram Using the Instagram App (iOS and Android)
Note: The guide below uses screenshots from the Instagram Android app, but the method remains similar on the iOS app as well.
- First, open your Instagram app and tap on your profile image at the bottom-right corner. Now, hit the hamburger menu (three parallel lines) at the top-right corner.
- Next, select ‘Settings‘ from the slide-out menu. On the next page, scroll down to the bottom and tap ‘Accounts Center‘. Here, you will get the option to disconnect your Facebook and Instagram accounts.
- Now, go to the ‘Accounts & profiles‘ section, and select the Facebook account you want to remove on the next page.
- Next, click on ‘Remove From Accounts Center‘. Disregard the warning message and hit the ‘Continue‘ button at the bottom.
- Finally, confirm your decision on the next page.
That’s it! You have successfully unlinked your Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Disconnect Instagram DMs and Facebook Messenger
Facebook rolled out the cross-messaging feature late last year, combining messaging capabilities across Facebook and Instagram. Now, if you wish to continue logging in to your Instagram account using Facebook without linking your Messenger and DMs, you can do that with ease. It will also let you post simultaneously on Facebook and Instagram if you want. So here’s how you can disconnect your Instagram DMs and Facebook Messenger:
- Go to Instagram settings as described above. Then go to ‘Privacy -> Messages‘.
- Under Message Controls, you will see options to customize who can message you from Facebook. Here, tap on each option separately and select the least invasive option in each case, which is ‘Don’t Receive Requests‘. Of course, you can let your friends message you on either platform, and that’s entirely up to you.
That would unlink your Instagram and Facebook Messenger DMs and prevent annoying messages from strangers. You can learn how to deactivate Facebook Messenger and be free of incessant messages from random users.
Easily UnLink Your Instagram and Facebook Accounts
As you can see in this guide, you can easily remove your Facebook account from your Instagram profile. So go ahead and unlink the two accounts either from the Instagram website or Android and iOS mobile apps. Meanwhile, if you are fed up with the privacy threats posed by Facebook, check out the steps for how you can delete your Facebook account for good.
Instagram Is Rolling Out Reels Replies, And Will Be Testing A New Feature Which Informs …
Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.
Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.
Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.
Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.
Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.
Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.
— Yash Joshi (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021
5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android
Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.
You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).
You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.
While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.
We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.
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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.
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Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.
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An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.
Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.
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You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…
Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.
Social networking websites launch features to encourage users to get boosters
From Friday, users will be able to update their profiles with frames or stickers to show that they have had their top-up jab or aim to when they become eligible.
It follows on from people previously being able to show they have had their first and second jabs on certain social networking websites and apps.
TikTok also held a “grab a jab” event in London earlier this year.
I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones
More than 16 million booster vaccines have now been given across the UK.
People who are aged 40 and above and received their second dose of their vaccine at least six months ago are currently eligible to have their booster.
A new campaign advert is also being launched on Friday, which shows how Covid-19 can build up in enclosed spaces and how to prevent that from happening.
Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said: “Getting your booster is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter.
“It is fantastic to see some of the biggest household names further back the phenomenal vaccine rollout, allowing their users to proudly display that they have played their part in helping us build a wall of defence across the country.
“I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top-up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”