2 ways to remove your phone number from Instagram

Julia Moore
Sometimes the specified phone number on Instagram becomes a real problem as people can discover your Instagram account without a hitch. If you want to protect the secrecy of this part of your life, merely unlink your phone number from Instagram. In case you're wondering how to do that, continue reading this article.
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Why do you need to unlink your phone number from the Instagram account? 

Instagram always helps its users find accounts of their nearest and dearest. If the synchronization of contacts with your Instagram profile is switched on, then your friends are able to easily find your account. 

That's because they have your phone number in the contact list. If you created a page for secretly viewing others' stories, your number can blow the whole thing.

By the way, we have an article about the search for an Instagram page by phone number. Follow the link to read it.

Removing a mobile number doesn't take long. With our instructions, you will definitely easily cope with this.

Way #1 — Disconnect phone contact list from Instagram

You always can stop syncing contacts with your Instagram account. Then, people who have your phone number won't see your profile amid recommended ones.

You can disconnect your contact list only in the app.
  1. Open your Instagram account and tap your profile image in the lower right corner.
  2. Hit the three lines in the upper right corner.
  3. Go to Settings.
  4. Select Account.
  5. Find and choose Contacts syncing
  6. Hit the slider, if you see that it's blue. That's how you can restrict access to your contacts on the phone.

Done! Now your address book isn't synced with your Instagram account.

Way #2 — Deleting a phone number from Instagram

A deeper solution is deleting your phone number. Then even the system won't know what your number is.

Step 1 — Disable two-factor authentication

Before moving to removing a phone number, make sure that two-factor authentication is switched off. This method of protection helps keep your account safe. However, if your privacy is more important for you, you have to disable this feature.

How to turn off two-factor authentication on your Instagram account:

  1. Open Instagram and tap the profile icon in the bottom right.
  2. Hit the three lines in the upper right corner.
  3. Open Settings.
  4. Find and choose Security.
  5. Choose Two-factor authentication.
  6. If you selected SMS notifications as a way of protecting, tap Text Message. If you picked two-factor authentication via WhatsApp or an application with codes, then just tap the slider next to it.
  7. Hit the slider to move it to the left.
  8. Choose Turn off.

If two-factor authentication is enabled on your account, then you'll see this:

Please note: you can turn off two-factor authentication only in the Instagram app.

Step 2 — Add email

If you haven't linked your email address yet, it's time to add and confirm it. This way, you can restore your Instagram account via email in case you forget the password. 

If you already have linked an email address, but you want to change it to another one, then read this article

Adding Email address via the Instagram app:

  1. Open your Instagram account and tap your profile image in the lower right corner.
  2. Hit Edit Profile.
  3. Choose Personal information settings at the very bottom of the screen.
  4. Hit the Email address field.
  5. Add your email address.
  6. Hit Done.
  7. You will receive an email to confirm the linking. Open your mailbox.
  8. Find the last email from Instagram and open it.
  9. Tap Confirm email address.

That's it! Now you can delete your mobile number from Instagram.

Adding Email address via the Instagram desktop version:

If you want to sync your email address with Instagram, follow this instruction:

  1. Open the Instagram desktop version and tap the profile icon in the upper right corner.

02. Select Profile.

03. Hit Edit Profile.

04. Fill in the Email field.

05. Hit Submit.

06. Open your mailbox to verify the email address. Find the message from Instagram and open it.

07. Tap Confirm email address.

Now we can proceed to deleting the phone number from Instagram.

Step 3 — Remove the phone number

You can remove your phone number from Instagram using the app or browser version.

Removing via the app

This instruction is suitable for both iOS and Android users. 

  1. Open your Instagram account and hit your profile image in the lower right corner.
  2. Choose Edit Profile.
  3. Go to Personal information settings.
  4. Tap Phone number.
  5. Tap the delete icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  6. Hit Next.

Done! The mobile number has been deleted from Instagram.

Removing via the desktop version

  1. Open the browser version of Instagram, log in to your account, and click on your photo in the upper right corner.

02. Select Profile.

03. Hit Edit Profile.

04. Click the Phone Number field and delete your number.

05. Tap Submit.

That's it! You have unlinked your phone number from Instagram.

We don't recommend unlinking your phone number from Instagram if you promote your business through social networks. This way, it's more likely that your account will be included in the recommended ones. Moreover, add it to the Taplink page. Place the link to Taplink not only in the Instagram bio, but also on other platforms. Then it will be even easier for customers to contact you.

Let's recap

Now you know how to remove a phone number using one of two ways:

  1. Disconnecting phone contact list from Instagram.
  2. Removing a mobile number from the system. Remember that before you do this, you need to disable two-factor authentication and add your email address. 

If you are promoting your Instagram account, it's better not to delete the phone number and add it to the Taplink page. In this case, customers can easily contact you.

Which way of removing your phone number from Instagram do you find more preferable for yourself? Share your opinion in the comments below.