How to turn off or disable Instagram video calls

When Instagram released its video chat feature, a lot of people have been trying to figure out how to turn off or disable Instagram video calls since they were receiving unsolicited calls from anyone on Instagram. With this release, you can make video calls to your friends and followers the same way you can send messages to them through direct messaging. Basically, you can access this feature through your direct message inbox through Instagram in the same chat as your friends. Seems simple enough, right?

Apparently, not everyone is down to have the video chat feature set to “on”. Luckily, there’s a simple way to turn off those incoming video chats on Instagram if you’re one of those users who would like more privacy and do not want to keep it open for anyone to video call you.

Here’s a simple, how-to guide to turn off incoming video chats on Instagram:

Step 1. Open your Instagram app, go to your profile, and click on the top left three-bar menu icon, also known as the hamburger menu

Step 2. Click on the Settings option

Step 3. Click on the “Notifications” option

Step 4. Click on the “Direct Messages, Messages or Calls” depending on your phone or version

Step 5. Click on the “Video Chats – Off” option

With just a few simple clicks, you can customize your messaging experience on Instagram and never worry about getting an unsolicited video call from anyone, or anyone that you aren’t following. It’s a bit of added privacy that some users might like to have as peace of mind. Now you know how to turn off or disable Instagram video calls. You will be able to turn them back on if you decide to in the future.

For more Instagram-related tricks of the trade, visit our blog: Instagram Features and How to Use Them