How to Switch Back to a Personal Account on Instagram
Instagram has plenty of convenient features for those who use the platform for business purposes. You can easily track engagement rate and other analytics, and have your followers support you with the small business tag in their stories.
But what if you don’t want to use your account for business anymore? What if you no longer need the analytics, and want to switch back to a personal account? Well, it’s quite simple to do so – just follow the instructions outlined in this article.
Changing the Account Type on Instagram
There are three types of accounts on Instagram: personal, creator, and business. If you’re currently using the creator or business option, here’s how to switch back to a personal account:
- Launch Instagram on your mobile device.
- Tap on your profile image in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Swipe to the left to see the menu bar on the right. You can also access these settings by tapping the hamburger icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Select Settings from the bottom of the list.
- If you’re using a Creator type of account, tap on Account and scroll to the bottom. Then choose the blue Switch to personal account option.
- If you’re using a Business type of account, select Account from the Settings menu and choose Switch to personal account at the bottom.
- In a pop-up window, confirm your choice by tapping the blue Switch Back button.
- You’ll see a Switch back to personal account message on the screen.
Before you switch back to a personal account, be sure that you really want to do it. You’ll lose all the convenient options that help you grow your Instagram business and track your growth. Also, all the previous insights will be deleted, and you won’t be able to retrieve them, even if you switch back to a professional account.
What Do You Get by Switching to a Personal Account?
Now you know you’ll lose access to insights if you’re using a personal account on Instagram. But is there anything to gain by ditching the business or creator account? Is there an advantage of switching to a non-professional Instagram account?
Unlike the creator and business accounts on this platform, personal accounts have the option of locking the profile and only allowing selected users to see content. So the best thing you get when you switch to a personal account is privacy. You get to control who’s going to follow you by allowing or blocking someone’s follow request.
If you want to make your Instagram profile private, here’s what to do:
- Open Instagram and tap your profile picture to open your profile.
- Tap on the hamburger icon or swipe left to open the main menu.
- Tap on Settings.
- Select the Privacy section and under Connections, tap on Account privacy.
- Switch the toggle to make your profile private and confirm by tapping OK. You can follow the same steps if you want to make it public again.
Aren’t Creator and Business Accounts the Same?
So it’s clear why a personal account is specific and how it’s different from professional accounts. But what’s the difference between the Creator and Business accounts?
They do have the same options listed in the Creator or Business section within settings, but in essence, they’re not the same. Set out below are the main differences. Knowing these facts might help you decide whether to change your profile to either Creator or Business.
Creator profiles are a bit more humanized than the business ones. Many influencers use this type of profile because it gives them more options than a personal account, such as insights. Plus, they don’t have a business. Creator accounts can see follows and unfollows for a particular day and go through their daily posts to track growth more efficiently.
When you’re switching to the Creator account, you can choose a category you belong to. These categories are now more specific, so you can categorize yourself as a blogger, author, chef, coach, video creator, and more. You can show this category to your followers if you want to – it’s pretty convenient because new people on your profile will immediately know what you do.
If you opt for a business profile, you’ll see that, for instance, you can check the analytics about your posts and your community. Moreover, you can promote posts and stories as ads, and finally stop using your bio for sharing links with your followers. As a business account, you can put links in your stories with the See More option.
If your account is set to business, your friends can use the Support small business sticker to tag you in their stories and help you promote your products and services. And you can use third-party apps to schedule your posts, so you don’t have to be online at a specific time.
Should You Stay or Should You Switch?
Now that’s all clear, it’s up to you. Our goal was to explain how your Instagram experience will change after switching to a personal account and how you can do it. We also reminded you of what you could gain or lose by using each of the three types of accounts Instagram made available to its users. The rest is entirely your choice.
Are you switching back to a personal account? Why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.