How to Make Instagram Account Private?

Instagram is one of the most used social platforms in the present day. Anyone can view your posts and go through your profile as a default setting. If you want to avoid everyone seeing your profile and approve only your followers to do so you can make the account private.

Your approved followers can go to the location pages or hashtags to view your uploaded videos and photos once the account is set as private. Setting the account as private does not affect the existing followers in any way.

Important things about a private Instagram account:

  1. General public can see your private posts shared on social network and this depends on the privacy settings you have set for the networks. For example, a private post on Instagram when shared on any other platform like Twitter can be viewed by all.
  2. After an account is set as private people can view your posts by sending you a follow request or be on your following or followers list.
  3. You can check your follow requests in the Activity section and you also get the option to ignore or accept a request.
  4. You can block a person following you already when you set your account as private or share a private post.
  5. However, if a person is not even following you, he or she can send a video or photo.

Ways to turn an Instagram Account into a Private Account:

The methods for changing these settings differ slightly on the basis of the device you are using to access your profile and also the platform. The process for IOS, Android and other users is discussed below:

For iPhone users

  • One needs to tap and open the Instagram Application
  • Click on the icon that looks like the head and shoulder of a person to access the profile.
  • At the top right-hand corner of the screen, there are three lines, you need to tap on them and then click on the Settings icon which is at the bottom right corner of the screen and appears like a cog.
  • Go to the privacy and security option and then turn on the option ‘Private Account setting’.

For Windows users

  • One needs to tap and open the Instagram Application.
  • Click on the icon that looks like the head and shoulder of a person to access the profile.
  • There is a cog like appearing icon, which is the Settings icon. Click on it to open it.
  • One can then go to the Private Account setting to turn it on.

For Android users

  • One needs to tap and open the Instagram Application.
  • Click on the icon that looks like the head and shoulder of a person to access the profile.
  • There are three vertical dots which is the Settings icon, you need to click on it.
  • Then turn on the Private Account setting present under the settings option.

How to keep different things private on Instagram in your profile?

  1. You need to download the Instagram app in order to access the privacy setting as one cannot access it from the mobile or desktop web.
  2. You can hide your real name on Instagram and at the same time limit the sharing of personal information on your profile.
  3. You can block a previous follower once your account turns into a private one.
  4. You can also tag a person for a particular post who is not following you and this does not override the privacy setting of the post.
  5. You can report a follower if you find it necessary.

Final Word:

Your worries regarding privacy on Instagram will get resolved after following the various steps described above. However, if you are still worried you can use a different or new email to open an Instagram account. You can also hide the email address on your profile to keep it private. You can use a profile image that cannot be easily traced from Facebook. There are various options that you can opt for to keep your Instagram profile private.

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