How To Log Out of Instagram

Leaving your Instagram account logged in on your family computer, sister’s iPad, or friend’s laptop is never recommended. It is unsafe to leave your accounts open in the hands of whoever picks up the device next, which is why you should always log out of your accounts when not in use.

This is how to log out of Instagram: 

  1. Open your Instagram profile.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines in the top right corner. 
  3. Select “Settings.” 
  4. Scroll down and select the option “Log Out.”

In this article, we’ll show you how to log out of your Instagram account on any device. Let’s start with a smartphone.

How to log out of Instagram from a smartphone

If you want to log out of Instagram from the app on your smartphone, here is what you need to do:

Step 1: Open your Instagram profile

With your Instagram app open, select the circular icon in the bottom right of your screen with your profile picture. 

Select Your Profile From The Image In The Bottom Right Corner

Step 2: Open “Settings”

Tap the three horizontal parallel lines on the top right corner of your screen. A menu will appear. Select the option “Settings”  from this menu. 

Open The Menu And Select Settings

Step 3: Select “Log Out” 

Scroll down to the bottom of your “Settings” and select the “Log Out” option. 

How To Log Out Of Instagram On Mobile

Note: If you have logged into multiple accounts, you may need to select the account you wish to log out of after selecting the “log out” option. 

Select Your Account

How to remove your Instagram login details on mobile

Once you have logged out of your account, your Instagram login details, such as username and password, are still saved.

To stay secure and remove this information, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open “Settings” 

Open your Instagram account. Select the three horizontal lines in the top right corner of your screen and select “Settings.”

Open The Menu And Select The Settings Option

Step 2: Tap on “Security”

Select the option “Security” from the settings. 

Select Security From The Menu

Step 3: Turn off “Saved Login Info” 

Choose “Saved Login Info.”

Select Saved Login Information

Toggle the slider next to “Saved Login Info” to the off position (it should turn grey).

Toggle The Saved Login Switch To The Off Position

Step 4: Remove your account

A pop-up confirmation will appear; select the option “Remove.” 

How To Remove An Instagram Account From Mobile

Following these steps means no one can access your account without your password.

You will also need to re-enter your login details next time you want to leave a comment or watch an Instagram story.

How to log out of Instagram on desktop devices

If you want to log out of Instagram from your MacBook, laptop, or desktop device, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open your Instagram Profile

Click on the circular icon on the top right corner of your screen displaying your profile picture. 

Select Your Profile Picture

Step 2: Select “Log Out” 

A menu of options will appear; click on the “Log Out” option. Then your screen will load for a moment, and you will be logged out of your account. 

Note: Once you log out of your account, your username and password are automatically saved. That allows anyone with access to your laptop to log into your account. Therefore, it is recommended that you remove your account for security.

How To Log Out Of Instagram On Desktop

Step 3: Select “Remove Account”

Once logged out, you will be redirected to the Instagram login page with your account; select the option to “Remove Account,” which will be under your profile picture. 

How To Remove An Instagram Account On Desktop

Step 4: Select “Remove” 

A pop-up will appear asking for confirmation. Select the option “Remove.” 

Select Remove To Remove Account

Final thoughts on logging out of Instagram

You should adopt safety practices like logging out of your social media accounts and changing your passwords regularly.

You never know who may get hold of your phone or computer, read your messages, or decide to post something on your account without your consent. 

Logging out of Instagram after some daily scrolling only takes a moment to do, but it does a great deal to protect your privacy. 


What can you do if you forget your Instagram password?

Instagram has a forgotten password option underneath your login details; if you press it, Instagram sends a link to the email linked to your account, which you can use to reset your Instagram password.

Can you see if someone else is logged into your Instagram account?

Yes, you can; by going to Instagram Settings>Security>Login Activity, you can see which devices your account is active. If you do not recognize any of the devices mentioned, you can remotely log out of that device.

Can you temporarily remove your account?

Yes, you can; Instagram has a feature where you can temporarily “Deactivate” your account. This feature allows you to take your profile off the app, which is perfect if you just need a break from social media for a while.

David Woutersen

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David Woutersen

David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online; for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.

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