How To Stop Instagram From Posting

It can be challenging to navigate the constantly changing digital landscape, particularly with social media platforms like Instagram that frequently update their features. One such feature is the option to schedule posts for a future time. While this can be a valuable tool for keeping a consistent posting schedule, there may be instances where you need to stop a scheduled post. In this blog post, we will provide instructions on how to prevent Instagram from publishing a scheduled post.

Understanding Instagram’s Posting Mechanism

Before understanding how to stop an Instagram post, it’s important to understand how the posting mechanism works in Instagram. When you create a post on Instagram, you can either share it immediately or schedule it for a later time. Once a post is scheduled, it becomes queued in Instagram’s system for automatic posting at the specified time. But what if you change your mind?

Stopping a Post Once It’s Scheduled

If you have scheduled a post on Instagram and wish to stop it from being published, you can do so by following these simple steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your phone.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Tap on the clock icon at the top-right corner of the screen. This will take you to the “Scheduled Posts” section.
  4. Locate the post that you want to stop from being published.
  5. Once you have found the post, tap on it.
  6. On the next screen, you will see the option to “Cancel Post”. Tap on it.
  7. A dialogue box will appear, asking for confirmation. Tap on “Yes” or “Confirm” to stop the post from being published.

Note: These steps might slightly vary depending on the version of Instagram you’re using.

When You Can’t Stop an Instagram Post

Instagram does not allow you to stop a post once it has started uploading. This is because the post is already in the process of being published. In such cases, you can only delete the post once it has been published.


While Instagram’s automatic posting feature can be a useful tool for maintaining consistency, there may be instances when you need to stop a post from being published. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can easily halt a scheduled post. Remember, the key to effective social media management is flexibility and control over your content.