How to Remove Devices Connected to Your Instagram Account

Lately, I found myself faced with a conundrum: too many devices logged in to my Instagram account. My tablet, old phone, current phone, laptop, even my smart fridge was connected! It was high time to reclaim my digital territory and kick out those unnecessary connections. Today, I’m going to share with you the quick, easy steps I followed to regain control of my Instagram. Buckle up!

1. Fire Up Instagram

Grab your phone and navigate to the Instagram app. When you open it, you’ll be greeted with the feed page displaying photos and stories from the accounts you follow. If you’re already logged in, great. If not, you’ll need to enter your username and password. Be sure to enter them correctly – typos are an easy mistake to make!


2. Tap Profile Picture

Once you’re in, you’ll see a horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen. To the far right of this menu, you’ll see an icon that looks like a small silhouette or your profile picture if you have one set. Tapping this will bring you to your personal profile page. This is where you can see all your posts, followers, and the accounts you’re following.

Tap Profile Picture

3. Open Settings

At the top right corner of your profile page, there are three horizontal lines, known as the hamburger menu. Tapping this opens a side menu. At the bottom of this menu, you’ll see the “Settings” option, represented by a small gear icon. Clicking on it will take you to the settings page where you can tweak everything about your account.

4. Dive into Security

Once you’re in the Settings menu, you’ll see a list of different options. Here, you need to tap on “Security”. It’s a simple step, but a crucial one. This is where you can manage everything that relates to the security of your account.

Dive into Security

5. Access Login Activity

Under the Security options, you’ll see “Login Activity”. This is where Instagram keeps a log of all devices that have accessed your account. You’ll want to tap on this.

6. Review Login Information

After tapping on “Login Activity”, you’ll see a list of devices currently logged into your account. Each entry will show the device, its location, and the time it was last used. This is your opportunity to review and identify any devices that shouldn’t have access to your account. Take your time here; it’s better to be thorough.

Review Login Information

7. Remove Devices

When you’ve identified a device you want to disconnect, tap on it. You’ll see a pop-up with more details about the device and a “Log Out” button. Tapping this button will disconnect the device from your account. You’ll receive a confirmation message once it’s done.

8. Repeat for all unwanted devices

It’s a bit of a process, but you’ll need to repeat step 7 for each device you want to disconnect. Trust me, it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve removed all the unwanted devices, your account will be much safer.

9. Verify the Purge

After you’ve removed all the unwanted devices, go back to the “Login Activity” page to verify that those devices have been successfully disconnected. It’s always better to double-check for the sake of security. Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of seeing a streamlined list of devices.

There you go! I hope this step-by-step guide helps you manage your Instagram account’s connected devices more effectively.

10. Enhance your Security

Once I regained control of my account, I decided to make it a little more secure. I turned on two-factor authentication in the “Two-Factor Authentication” setting under Security, a great feature to add an extra layer of protection to your account.

For more on Instagram security and privacy, I found this guide by Instagram quite handy: Instagram’s Privacy and Security Tips.

And that’s how I reclaimed my Instagram account from the clutches of multiple devices. These steps are simple yet effective and they gave me peace of mind knowing that my account was secured and under my control. I recommend giving them a go. You never know what old or unused devices might still be logged into your Instagram account.

11. Why It’s Important to Remove Old Devices:

Data Protection: Your Instagram account is a treasure trove of personal data. From private messages to location details from your posts, it houses a lot of information that could be misused if it lands in the wrong hands. Even if you once used a device and no longer have access to it (for instance, a sold computer or a misplaced phone), it’s best to ensure that device doesn’t retain access to your Instagram account. By regularly removing old devices, you are eliminating potential points of unauthorized entry.

Minimize Security Threats: Devices connected to your account could be potential weak links, especially if they don’t have up-to-date security features or if they get compromised. Cybercriminals often look for the easiest way in, and an old device might just be their gateway to your account.

Maintaining Control: By actively managing and knowing which devices have access to your account, you maintain tighter control over your online presence. This is akin to not giving out too many duplicate keys to your home. The more devices that have access, the harder it is to manage and ensure security.

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Benjamin Johnson

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