How to remove phone number from Instagram (phone and PC)

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How to remove phone number from Instagram, from phone and PC. Instagram is a great tool for connecting and networking with people you know and vice versa. But if you prefer to stay private on Instagram, you can remove the phone number linked to your account.

This is because people who have your phone number saved on their devices can easily find you on Instagram, even without knowing your username or other details about you on the platform. And yes, you can be found even if your phone number is not displayed on your (public) profile or if your account is set to private.

Instagram is quite clear about this in its privacy policy; the profile information provided (including phone number) allows you to be found on the platform. Sometimes, Instagram also sends annoying SMS updates.

To prevent this from happening, your best bet is to completely delete your phone number from your Instagram account. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to do it from your phone and computer.

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How to remove phone number from Instagram, from phone and PC

1. How to remove phone number from Instagram on phone

  1. On your Instagram account profile page, tap the Edit Profile button.
  2. In the Profile Information section, tap the phone number.
  3. Now delete the phone number.
  4. The next step is to press the Next button to save the changes. Do this and you will be redirected to the Edit Profile page.
  5. Press the check mark icon in the top right corner of the page to save your changes.

The page loads after a couple of seconds and saves your profile information without your phone number. Additionally, Instagram will send you a confirmation message to the email address linked to your account to inform you that your phone number has been removed from its database.

Included in the mail are the exact time and date of the action and a link to secure your account if the removal of the phone number was not requested by you. Now let's take a look at how to do this on the web / PC version of Instagram.

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2. How to remove Instagram phone number from PC

If you log into Instagram directly from your computer or don't have access to your Instagram mobile app, here's how to remove your phone number from the platform via PC.

NOTE: if you have previously removed your phone number from Instagram on the mobile app, there is no need to repeat the procedure on your computer. This is because Instagram syncs changes made to your account across all devices you use the service from.
  1. On the Instagram homepage, tap the Profile icon in the top right corner of your PC screen.
  2. Tap the Edit Profile button.
  3. Delete the phone number on your profile.
  4. Tap the Send button.

A notification saved in your profile appears at the bottom of the screen and a confirmation is also sent to your linked email address.

Instagram sometimes sends notification of updates via SMS and this could be annoying. You can also stop this by removing your phone number, but a better alternative is to directly disable SMS notifications in your account.

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Here's how to disable SMS / text notifications on Instagram without removing the phone number

How to disable SMS notifications on Instagram from your phone

  1. On your profile page, tap the hamburger menu icon.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select Notifications.
  4. Tap the "Email and SMS notifications" option.
  5. Tap “Text Messages (SMS)” to deselect the option and disable SMS notifications.

How to disable SMS notifications on Instagram from PC

  1. On your profile page, tap the Settings icon.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Tap "Text Messages" to deselect the option.

Having your number linked to your Instagram account has its advantages: first, it can be used as a means of verifying if you forget your account password. Secondly, your phone number can also be used by Instagram to contact you in case of an emergency about your account security or important updates.

The downside, however, is the privacy risk it entails: anyone with your number can find and follow you on the platform. If for some reason, you prefer to remain anonymous, one of the best ways to avoid being followed by random strangers on the platform is to remove your number from your account.

Bottom line, you are unable to remove your phone number on Instagram if you don't have an email address linked to your account.

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