Instagram Reels can be a great place to find fun videos from the app’s best creators, but knowing how to remove them is essential if you find suggested Reels that you don’t want to watch. Instagram is still a fairly basic photo/video sharing app at its core. You can open the app, post a picture or video you captured, and share it with all of your followers. If that’s where you want your Instagram experience to begin and end, you can still use the app in that way.
But doing so would only scratch the surface of how far Instagram has come. That’s because Instagram is now far more than just posting photos on your timeline. The app also has Stories for more casual uploads, a robust search page to help you find posts from other Instagram users, and even integrated shopping tools. Instagram is in a much different place today than it was a few years ago, and since the app is constantly changing, there’s no telling what it may look like in another 5 or 10 years.
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Another huge component of Instagram today is Instagram Reels. Reels is Instagram’s answer to TikTok. It’s a place to upload short videos (up to 15-seconds long) with the entire Instagram community. They can be funny videos, educational ones, cooking tips, or anything else. Having a TikTok-like feature built right into Instagram is excellent — except when Instagram shows you Reels that you don’t like. If you keep seeing suggested Reels that aren’t your style, Instagram makes it easy to remove these suggested Reels and improve its recommendations.
How To Remove Suggested Reels
To get started, you first need to open the Instagram app and tap the video player icon at the bottom of the screen. This takes you to the Instagram Reels page. A video immediately starts playing the second you go here. You can tap the heart button to like/favorite the video and swipe up to scroll through other Reels. Instagram tries showing suggested Reels it thinks you’ll like. However, if you come across one that you don’t enjoy, removing the suggested Reel is as follows:
- While on the Reels page, tap the three dots near the bottom right corner.
- Tap ‘Not interested.’
- Tap the reason why you’re not interested in the video.
And that’s it! Instagram confirms your action with a pop-up that says, “Thanks! Your feedback helps improve your experience.” You can tap the blue ‘Undo’ button to reverse your decision or keep scrolling through other Reels to leave your removal as is. Not only does removing a suggested Reel get rid of that specific Reel you don’t like, but it also helps Instagram recommend fewer videos like it. The more you remove suggested Reels that aren’t your cup of tea, the better Instagram should get at recommending suggested Reels you do like watching.