How to "Take a Break" from Instagram [Updated]

Written by Ivana - Reviewed by Tanja Social Media / Instagram

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Social media addiction is real. We are aware of how easy it is to just spend a couple of hours endlessly scrolling through your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed.

To show that they care about their users, Instagram recently introduced two new features “Take a Break” and “Daily Limit” - to remind users to stop scrolling on the app after a set time limit and break the endless scrolling.

Update: The “Take a Break” option is now available both to iPhone and Android users.

So if you feel like you need to limit your Instagram time, keep on reading to find out how to use both the functions Instagram offers.

How to set Daily Limit on Instagram

The Daily Limit feature allows you to set up a daily time limit after which Instagram reminds you to close the app if you have reached it. To set it up follow the steps:

  1. On the Instagram home page, tap on your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu icon, and go to “Your Activity”.

Your activity

  1. Go to the Time tab > Manage Your Time and tap “Set daily time limit” (iPhone) or “Set Daily Reminder” (Android).

Daily Limit 1

  1. Set the time of your daily limit. For iPhone, you can choose 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours. For Android, you can choose from any amount of time up to 23 hours and five minutes.
  2. When you’ve set the time limit, tap “Done” (iPhone) or “Set Reminder” (Android).

Daily Limit 2

If you reach your limit, you will get a notification in the app informing you about it.

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How to set up the “Take a Break” feature on Instagram

The “Take a Break” feature will alert you if you’ve been using the app for the period of time you have set up and remind you to take a break.

You can choose to be notified to take a break after 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes. Also, when the Take a Break reminder pops up, Instagram will suggest activities you can do during your break, such as take a few deep breaths, write down what you are thinking, listen to your favorite song or do something on your to-do list. The reminder also gives you the option to set another reminder.

You can set up this feature on iPhone and Android. To do it, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Instagram app and go to your profile in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Tap on the hamburger menu in the top-right corner and then “Your Activity”.
  3. Go to the Time tab, and under “Manage Your Time”, tap “Set reminder to take breaks”.

Take a Break 1

  1. Choose how frequently you want the reminders to pop up — after 10 minutes, after 20 minutes, or after 30 minutes.
  2. Tap “Done”.

Take a Break 2

If you are scrolling through Instagram without a break, the reminder will pop up encouraging you to take a break.

In case the "Take a Break" and "Daily Limit" features on Instagram don't help you in limiting the time you spend on the app, you might want to consider temporarily deactivating your Instagram profile.

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