How to Turn off Reels on Instagram? Disable Instagram Reels

It has been just a few days till Instagram has launched the latest feature called the ‘Reels’. Already it has turned into a very popular and frequently used video-making platform. Through Instagram, Reels is bringing forth thousands of people and their talents. Now Reels is the new way of creating and discovering short and entertaining videos.

How to turn off reels on Instagram

Since the Indian government has banned the popular video making app Tiktok, many brands are launching similar types of short-time video making apps. Instagram which is already a very popular app has also introduced a new feature where you can take videos, edit them, add music just like Tiktok and upload on your Instagram page. Reels will be installed on your Instagram when you update. If you don’t want to keep it, this article is for you. Here we will let you know how to disable the Reels.

How to turn off Reels on Instagram?

Is it possible to get rid of Instagram reels?

Instagram has introduced the Reels as a permanent feature of the app. In the Explore tab, you will get to see the Reels with the other pictures and videos. It often makes a disruption in your exploration. Especially if you do not like these types of videos that Tiktok used to feature, you will not like the Reels to be on your Instagram. But unfortunately, there are no permanent or direct solutions to disable the Reels completely. But here we will be informing you about a few ways to avoid the Reels while you use Insta.

How to Disable Reels?

As we said, there are no direct options to turn off the Reels videos. You will be able to see others’ Reels when you visit the explore tab to watch IGTV videos or images. But we will be giving you 3 indirect solutions here to solve this problem.


If you are using an Android or a PC you can pursuit this method. You have to open the Instagram app through the phone browser or PC browser. Normally we install the app on our phone and then log in to use. But to get rid of the Reels video you have to access Instagram through any browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. Thus the Reels videos won’t appear on the Explore tab. Even if you visit your own profile, the Reels videos will not in the Reels tab too.

But, using Instagram through browsers can be time-consuming as the browsers may slow down or freeze sometimes. If you don’t have a problem using Instagram via browsers, then this solution probably will be effective.


When you go to the Explore tab of Instagram, you will find a sub-tab with the Reels sign on it over there. In some countries, Instagram has allotted a separate tab for the Reels videos because of the frequent use, adaptability and swiftly growing popularity of the Reels, this tab comes under the ‘Explore’ section. If you don’t want to see the Reels videos, you can simply look over this Reels tab. All the public Reels videos appear in this Reels tab. Dismiss clicking on the tab and you don’t have to see the Reels.

However, if any of the people whom you follow, uploads a reels video on their profile, it will be visible on your timeline. But for disabling any other Reels videos you can simply avoid opening the Reels tab.


This one is for android users. The reels feature is new on Instagram and it enables while you to update the app. You may turn off the auto-update setting of your play store and thus the Reels feature will not come.

  • Go to the play store.
  • Search for Instagram and open.
  • There will be Three Dots on the top right corner of your screen, click on that.
  • You will be given some options. There will be an option called Enable auto-update with a check-box. Make sure that you uncheck the box and prevent Instagram from updating itself.

How to Deleted Reels from Your Own Profile?

If you like the new Reels feature and sometimes create and post videos with its help, then you might feel the need of deleting some Reels later. You may not like some of your reels videos after uploading it. You can delete them undertaking the below method –

  • Access your Insta profile and go to the Reel tab.
  • Tap on the Reel you want to remove.
  • Tap on the three dots.
  • Then, tap on Delete option.
  • Reconfirm it by tapping Delete once more.

The particular Reels video will disappear from your profile.

We hope this article will help you to disable the Reels in your own way. You can have a trouble-free and Reels- free experience of your Instagram by trying the above methods. But you can obviously give Instagram Reels a try before flatly dismissing it.

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