How to Turn Off Contact Sync on Instagram (2024)

Discover how to disable contact sync on Instagram, safeguarding your privacy and personal data. Instagram often syncs your contacts to suggest friends and connections, but not everyone appreciates this feature.

If you value your privacy and want to regain control, we’re here to simplify the process for you. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps with clear instructions and supporting screenshots. Whether you prefer visuals or text, we’ve got you covered.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to turn off contact sync on Instagram, putting you in control of your connections.

How to Turn Off Contact Sync on Instagram

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of turning off contacts syncing on Instagram, step by step.

1. Navigating Instagram Settings

The journey to disabling your active status begins in the Instagram settings. Here’s how to get there:

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  • Open the Instagram app on your mobile device.
  • Log in to your Instagram account if you’re not already logged in.
  • Tap your profile icon, usually found in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Access the settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) in the top right corner of the screen.

2. Settings and Accounts Center

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Once you enter the MetaCenter, navigate to the ‘Your Information and Permissions’ option. Start by accessing the Meta Center, and from there, locate this option within the menu.

3. Selecting Upload Contacts

When you get this money you will find an upload contact section that says ”Contact what information meta Technologies can use to influence your experience”.

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In this simply you have to simply select the upload contact as shown in the below screenshot.

4. Turn Off Contact syncing

In this step, simply toggle the “Connect Contacts” button to the “Off” position. Disabling this option ensures that your contacts won’t be synchronized or stored for the purpose of facilitating connections and recommendations on Instagram, ultimately enhancing your privacy and user experience.

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contacts syncing is turned off on instagram settings

Turned Off Sync Contacts

This blog post remains relevant for the next six months to a year, or until Instagram undergoes a significant overhaul of their settings menu. Alternatively, you can perform a simple search within Instagram’s settings to locate the “Contacts and King” option, ensuring that you’ll always find the contact syncing toggle to disconnect your contacts effortlessly. This way, even if you create a new Instagram account, others won’t be able to find your contacts, and vice versa.

Furthermore, “Contacts and King” serves as a valuable tool for locating your contacts on Instagram. For instance, if you’ve recently added a new phone number to your contacts and that person is on Instagram, the platform may suggest their profile to you. This is the essence of the “Suggested for You” feature – connecting you with people you may know.


I trust you’ve found this article to be a valuable resource in learning how to disable contact sync on the Instagram app. These steps can be applied across various devices, be it Windows, Android, or iOS.

While contact syncing is undeniably useful, aiding in the discovery of new Instagram accounts and connecting with people whose contacts you’ve recently saved, there are times when users prefer to disable it. I personally followed this same tutorial on my own smartphone and Instagram account, complete with attached screenshots. This hands-on experience makes the information presented here highly relevant and easy to follow.

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