Facebook and Instagram are closely related, which you might expect since Facebook owns Instagram after the 2012 takeover.
That’s why Facebook will automatically create an Instagram account for you if you don’t have one. But you can also link your Instagram and Facebook profile by yourself. And you can also unlink the two if you want.
Whatever your reason, it’s good to know you have this option. Here’s how.
Unlink on Instagram
Linking your Instagram and Facebook accounts can be more convenient because it makes it easier to share your Instagram posts on Facebook. But it also makes your online presence more trackable, which not everyone appreciates.
Also, you may be trying to project a different image on the two platforms. Anyway, here’s how to ungroup:
- Open Instagram on your mobile device and select Menu (three horizontal lines).
- Select “Settings” then “Account”.
- Select “Linked Accounts”, then select “Facebook”.
- If you’re using an iPhone, select “Unlink Account” or “Unlink” for an Android phone.
- Finally, select “Yes, unpair” to confirm.
Your Instagram account is now disconnected from Facebook. And you will lose the ability to post directly to Facebook from Instagram.
Recall: You can have multiple Instagram accounts linked to your Facebook account. And if you want to unlink each of them, be sure to log into each profile and repeat the above.
Delete your Instagram posts from Facebook
You can just as easily unlink your Instagram from 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 one manually? You can, of course.
Fortunately, there is an easier way to do this. It is best to follow these steps on your browser. Here is what you do:
- Open “Settings”, then choose “Applications”.
- Find Instagram in the list of applications and, if you can’t find it, select “See more”.
- Select the Instagram icon.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the “Delete app” option in the small print.
- A pop-up window will appear. Make sure to check the box that says Facebook will delete all Instagram-related activity.
- Finally, select “Delete” and confirm.
After that, your Facebook and Instagram would officially work separately.
But are you really unrelated?
Given that Facebook owns Instagram, one can’t help but wonder if simple unbundling really keeps the apps independent. Well, like no, they are not.
It’s one thing if you unlink Instagram and Facebook because you want to keep posts separate and don’t worry about forced sharing.
But it’s quite another if your intention is to gain a sense of anonymity. Keeping your official Facebook profile, for example, and your Instagram under a pseudonym might seem like a good idea.
Unfortunately, Facebook already owns a lot of your data and it won’t take long for the company to find out, even if you’re using different email addresses and names.
Dissociation from social networks
There’s so much emphasis on staying connected and for each app to be linked to another. Without a doubt, it has the potential to make a lot of things faster and more productive. But it can also get cumbersome.
We already know that a lot of our data is online and it can be very difficult to separate things. Unlinking Instagram might not confuse Facebook with your identity, but it will at least give you a chance to keep things private or separate.
Have you managed to unlink your Instagram and Facebook accounts? What is your reasoning for this one way or another? Let us know in the comments below.