What happens when I connect Instagram to my device's contact list?
When you connect your Instagram account to your device’s contact list:
  • Instagram will recommend accounts to follow to you and other Instagram users based on your contacts. You’ll receive these recommendations from Instagram as notifications on your phone or in your feed.
  • Your contact list is periodically synced and securely stored on our servers, but you can delete your synced contacts at any time from a computer. Note: It may take up to 90 days to complete the deletion process after it begins. During the deletion process, Instagram may still recommend accounts to follow based on your contacts. If you’d like to stop seeing recommendations for specific people during this time, you can block them. Learn more about this in our Data Policy.
  • Your device’s contacts will only be visible to you.
Keep in mind that when you confirm your phone number or email on Instagram, your account may be recommended to users who have your contact information in their device’s contact list.
If you’d like to stop receiving notifications from Instagram about recommended accounts, you can turn these notifications off.
To turn notifications about friends to follow on Instagram on or off:
Instagram app for Android and iPhone, Instagram Lite app for Android
  1. Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap more options in the top right, then tap settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Notifications, then tap Following and Followers.
  4. Tap cancel or confirm next to Off or On under Account Suggestions to adjust your notification setting.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap settings at the top.
  3. Tap Notifications, then tap Push Notifications.
  4. Tap Following and Followers.
  5. Tap cancel or confirm next to Off or On under Account Suggestions to adjust your notification setting.
For more information, please see our notice on contact syncing for Non-Users.
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