Keeping your Instagram account secure should be a top priority as a user. With over 1 billion monthly active Instagrammers worldwide, it‘s one of the biggest social networks out there. So you definitely want to make sure your account stays protected.
One crucial security step is knowing how to fully log out of Instagram when you‘re done using it. Especially if accessing your account from public or shared devices, it‘s super important to logout afterwards.
Not doing so leaves your account vulnerable to intruders who could steal info, delete posts, or otherwise misuse your profile. No one wants that!
So in this post, I‘ll outline the top 3 methods to log out of Instagram across all devices:
- Check Your Login Activity
- Change Your Instagram Password
- Remove Third Party App Access
These tips will ensure you can remotely logout of Instagram no matter where you‘ve accessed it from. Let‘s get started!
Why You Should Always Log Out of Instagram
Before jumping into the how-to, let me quickly explain why properly logging out of Instagram matters for account security.
Prevent Unwanted Changes or Deletions
If someone else accesses your logged in Instagram account, they could wreak havoc. Some ways they could misuse it include:
- Deleting or archiving your posts
- Unfollowing friends/followers or following strangers
- DMing offensive things to your contacts
- Changing profile settings like username, bio, etc
You can see why staying logged in on public devices is risky. A stranger could do a lot of damage if they stumble onto your account.
Stop Account Takeovers
With full access to your logged in account, an intruder could potentially fully takeover your profile. They could change the password, email, and phone number to lock you out completely.
Recovering a hacked account often involves a lengthy process with Instagram‘s support team. It‘s better to just log out and prevent the takeover entirely.
Protect Personal Information
When logged into Instagram, someone could access and steal your personal info like your real name, email, contacts and more. This opens up risks like identity theft.
So logging out helps keep your private account details secure and away from prying eyes.
Prevent Suspicious Logins
If you leave Instagram logged in on a device you don‘t own, suspicious logins from that location could trigger red flags.
Instagram may flag your account for unusual activity and potentially lock you out temporarily as a precaution.
Logging out prevents awkward logins from unfamiliar places that could get your account suspended.
Stay Logged Out of Third Party Apps
In addition to Instagram itself, properly logging out also signs you out from any linked third party apps. This removes their ongoing access to your account.
You may have connected apps in the past that you no longer use or trust. Logging out cuts off their connection.
Now that you know why logging out fully matters, let‘s look at how to do it properly:
1. Check Your Login Activity
The easiest way to view devices logged into your Instagram account is to check your login activity.
Instagram provides a login activity screen showing details on each login like location, device, date and time.
This info allows you to identify any unfamiliar or suspicious logins to your account. You can then logout remotely from that device with just a few taps.
What You Can See in Login Activity
The login activity screen shows your last 50 logins by default, with the most recent logins shown first.
For each login, you‘ll see details like:
- Date and time of login
- Country and city the login originated from
- Device type used to access Instagram
- IP address of device
With this information, you can quickly cross-reference your own device and locations against the list. Any outliers likely belong to someone else accessing your account.
Here‘s an example of what the Login Activity screen looks like:
How to Use Login Activity to Log Out
Viewing your login activity is helpful for logging out in a few ways:
- See what devices are actively logged into your account
- Spot any suspicious or unknown sessions
- Remotely log out of specific devices with a few taps
- Quickly log out of all currently active logins
Let‘s go through the steps to view your activity and selectively log out:
- Open Instagram and go to your profile
- Tap the menu (three lines) and choose Settings
- Select Security > Login Activity
- Review the list and look for any unfamiliar logins
- Tap the three dots next to a session and choose ‘Log out‘
- Repeat Step 5 to log out of all unwanted devices
With these steps, you can selectively log out of any suspicious or inactive sessions tied to your Instagram account. It‘s super quick and easy!
However, there are some limitations to note:
- Only shows current devices logged in – can‘t see previously logged out devices
- May not remotely log out device if it‘s offline
Because of these restrictions, changing your password can sometimes be a more thorough option…
2. Change Your Instagram Password
Arguably the most effective way to remotely log out of Instagram everywhere is by changing your account password.
When you change your password, it instantly logs out all logged in devices and revokes access under the old password.
It essentially forces everyone to reauthenticate with your new password next time they try to access your Instagram account.
Here are some of the benefits of changing your password:
- Logs you out of every linked device, app and website in one go
- More reliable than remote logout for forcing reauthentication
- Easy to do right within the Instagram app
- Get added security with a new strong password
By the Numbers: Strong Passwords
Speaking of strong passwords, did you know:
- The average internet user has over 100 online accounts with passwords
- 53% of people reuse the same password across multiple accounts
- Every second, over 100 passwords are hacked globally
Using the same weak password across accounts is risky. But how can you remember tons of unique strong passwords?
Password managers like LastPass securely store and autofill strong, randomized passwords for each account. They‘re a great option for security enthusiasts!
Okay, let‘s get back to changing your Instagram password…
How to Change Your Instagram Password
Here are the simple steps to change your existing password:
- Open the Instagram app and go to your profile
- Tap the menu icon and choose Settings
- Select Security > Password
- Enter your current password, then your new password twice
- Tap ‘Change Password‘ to save the new one
Once changed, Instagram will instantly log out of all sessions on all devices and require your new password upon next login. Pretty neat!
However, there are some drawbacks to note with this approach:
- You‘ll need to update your password anywhere it was saved before
- Anyone else you shared your password with will be logged out too
- Have to remember your new password – or reset it again later
So while changing your password is very effective for a complete logout everywhere, it does come with minor inconveniences.
3. Remove Third Party App Access
The third go-to method focuses on removing access rights from any third party apps or websites connected to your Instagram account.
You may have linked certain apps or sites to your Instagram before to enable features like scheduling posts, analytics, etc.
However, not all third party services are created equal when it comes to security and privacy protections.
Removing their access lets you:
- Log out and revoke access from concerning third party apps
- Confirm which apps you‘ve granted permission to connect with Instagram
- Only keep services you currently use and trust connected
Statistics on Third Party App Risks
Letting third party apps access your accounts does involve some security and privacy risks. For example:
- 78% of users are not aware of data third party apps collect from their accounts
- Over 50% of users have not reviewed permissions granted to connected apps in the last year
- 1 in 4 users have connected at least one malicious app to social media accounts
While plenty of legitimate apps exist, questionable ones slip through too sometimes. So it‘s good to periodically audit and trim down your connected apps.
How to Remove Third Party App Access
Here are the steps to review and remove third party services linked to your Instagram account:
- Open Instagram and go to your profile
- Tap the menu and select Settings
- Choose Security > Apps and Websites
- Tap ‘Active‘ to see your currently connected services
- Tap ‘Remove‘ next to any apps you wish to disconnect
- Repeat Step 5 to remove any unwanted apps
And that‘s all it takes to revoke access. Going through this process allows you to logout from and prevent any sketchy or unused apps from interacting with your account moving forward.
However, there are limitations to note:
- Doesn‘t log you out of Instagram itself, only third party services
- You may lose functionality that depends on certain apps
But removing third party access when possible does minimize holes in your account security.
Logging out fully whenever you access Instagram from public or borrowed devices is crucial for keeping your account secure.
You just have to remember to make a habit out of it!
To recap, the 3 go-to methods for remotely logging out of Instagram across all devices are:
- Checking your login activity
- Changing your Instagram password
- Removing third party app access
Using these tips, you can confidently log out of Instagram no matter where you‘ve signed in from before.
I hope these techniques help you stay more secure on Instagram moving forward. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help walk through best practices.
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