How to turn off Instagram integrations (and why you should)


After a pushed by the National Association of Press Photographers (NPPA) and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Instagram has just added the ability to disable integrations on your messages.

The NPPA said it has worked with Instagram for over a year and a half to make this happen. Photographers and other creators no longer have to worry about the Internet grabbing their material if they don’t want to. Here are the steps to turn off integrations on Instagram:

Disable Instagram integrations on mobile:

1. Go to your Instagram profile

Tap the three lines in the top right corner, then select Settings.

First step: go to your profile on Instagram.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

Screenshot of Instagram settings

Choose Settings from this menu.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

2. In Settings, choose Account, then Integrate

Screenshot of Instagram settings

In Settings, tap Account.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

Screenshot of Instagram settings

Once in the account, choose Integrate
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

3. Disable “Allow people to embed your posts or profile on other websites”

Screenshot of Instagram embed setting

Turn off integrations to make sure others can’t paste your Instagram feed post to their site.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

There you have it, a way to prevent others from integrating the work you put on Instagram. In addition to mobile, you can also do this on the desktop version of the app.

Disable Instagram integrations on the desktop:

1. Go to your Instagram profile and click on the Settings gear

Instagram desktop screenshot

How to access your Instagram profile on the desktop.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

Screenshot of Instagram desktop profile

Click on the Settings gear to access your settings.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

2. In Settings, click on Privacy and security

Screenshot of Instagram settings on the desktop

Click once on Privacy & Security in Settings.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

3. Scroll down to Embed and uncheck “Allow people to embed your posts or profile on other websites”

Screenshot of Instagram embed setting on desktop

Uncheck Allow integrations on Instagram.
Credit: Screenshot: Instagram

Why should you use this feature?

The ASMP and NPAA fought for this feature because third-party websites circumvented copyright law simply by embedding Instagram posts. The organizations referred to several court cases when speaking to Facebook (which owns Instagram), including Sinclair v. Ziff Davis (full disclosure: Mashable is owned by Ziff Davis).

“The NPPA believes this change is extremely important given all of the lawsuits regarding integration,” NPPA General Counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher said in a statement.

“We hope photographers take advantage of this feature. We also expect publications to stop trying to circumvent copyright protections by claiming they have the right to embed images and properly authorize the images of photographers who often put their health and safety at risk to take them. “

The addition of the new functionality means photographers and other creatives can post their work on Instagram knowing that their rights as owners of that content will be a little more protected.



Comments are closed.