Whenever you use an app on Instagram, chances are that you will have to give it ‘permission' to access your account. This allows the app to make almost any change it wants to your account. Whilst this can be useful, it also is a security concern for your account. Many of these 3rd party apps can do things on your account in the background that you're not aware of. They can also collect information on you. So, once you're finished using an app on Instagram, it is a good idea to remove the app from your account. We will show you the quickest way to do this, step by step.
How to Remove Apps Connected to Instagram
In order to remove an app that is connected to your account, you must ‘Revoke Access'. Here's how to do it:
- 1. Go to the Instagram website and log in.
- 2. Click the user icon located at the top right to go to your profile page
- 3. Click ‘Edit profile' and then ‘Authorized Apps'
- 4. You will now see the list of apps that you have authorized to have access to your account. Choose the app that you want to remove and click ‘Revoke Access'.
After doing this, you should also change your Instagram password now. This is because the app may have saved your password when it had access to your account.
Why Should I Revoke Access to Apps?
Once you're done using an app, it's best to revoke access because the app can do almost anything without you knowing. Here are just a few examples of what an app that is connected to your Instagram account can do in the background:
- Edit your profile picture and bio.
- Upload photos and videos.
- Track your location.
- Access your personal details connected to your account.
- Send direct messages.
- Block, unblock, follow and unfollow people.
- Post comments to other user's posts.
As you can see, there is a huge amount of freedom that Instagram gives to 3rd party apps. Part of the reason for this is that many businesses rely on these apps to manage their accounts. However, this also comes with a risk, especially if you unknowingly download a rogue app. So, be sure you can trust the publisher, and again, once you're finished with the app, remove it from your profile! This is the best way to keep a close eye on what's happening with you Instagram account.