Controlling Your Visibility
Setting Your Photos and Videos to Private
By default, anyone can view your profile and posts on Instagram. To make your posts private so only approved followers can see them:
- Go to your profile by tapping on iPhone and Windows Phone or on Android
- Tap Edit Your Profile next to your profile picture
- Turn on the Posts Are Private setting and then tap Done
Once you make your posts private, people will have to send you a follow request if they want to see your posts, your followers list or your following list. You'll see requests in your News, which you can then approve or ignore.
People can also send a photo or video directly to you even if they’re not following you.
About Privacy on Instagram
If you've set your posts to private, photos and videos that you add a location to will be added to your Photo Map.
Only you can see these posts on the geolocation tag page. Private posts, even when geotagged, aren't shown to your approved followers or the public.
If you add a location to a private post, your approved followers will be able to see it on your Photo Map. Private posts, even when geotagged, are hidden from the public. If you send a geotagged photo with Instagram Direct, the people you've sent it to may be able to see your location.
Someone who's set their profile to private can add hashtags to photos and videos, but only that person and their approved followers or the people they send photos/videos to with Instagram Direct will be able to see that photo on the hashtag page. Private photos/videos, even when hashtagged, aren't visible to the public.
If you have a private profile, your approved followers can see likes on your photos/videos. These likes won't appear in the News > Following feed.
Likes on photos/videos sent to people with Instagram Direct also won’t appear in the News > Following feed. The people you’ve sent posts to directly can see each other’s likes on that photo/video even if they aren’t following each other.
If you have a private profile and like someone's public photo, your like will be visible to the public and your username will be clickable below the photo, but only approved followers can see your photos/videos.
If someone with a private profile @ mentions someone who isn't an approved follower on one of their photos/videos, the person mentioned will be able to see part of the comment in the News section of your News. They may get a push notification (if their notification settings are turned on), but won't be able to navigate through to the private photo/video.
If someone with a private profile leaves a comment on a photo that a public Instagrammer uploaded, their comment will be visible and their username will be clickable below that photo.
If you send a photo/video to specific group people with Instagram Direct, only those people can see the comments or @ mentions associated with that photo/video.
If someone with a private profile shares a photo or video to a social network (like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and so on) using Instagram, the image will be visible on that network and the permalink will be active. In other words, the photo will be publicly accessible by anyone who has access to its direct link/URL.
Keep in mind that sharing a photo or video to a social network doesn't mean that the image will be visible in Instagram. Your account will still appear private to those who aren't approved followers, as seen in the screenshot below.
Instagram Privacy on the Web
Your images may appear in Google search results if you've logged into your account using a web viewer, which authorizes them to access your profile and images. These third-party sites have been created with our API and aren't affiliated with Instagram directly.
If you don't want your photos or videos to appear on Google, we suggest revoking access to the third-party website or setting your account to private. It may take some time for these sites and Google to re-index and remove the images, even if you delete your account.
If you need to contact the app that's displaying your photographs on Google to expedite the process, here are links to support pages for popular third-party services utilizing our API:
- INK361: @ink361 on Twitter
- Gramfeed: @gramfeeed on Twitter
- Instagreat: @elliotkember on Twitter
- InstaGallery: http://infinitapps.com/contact.html
- InstaDesk: http://www.instadesk-app.com/contact.html
- InstaView: http://www.roguesheep.com/support.html
- Flipboard: http://getsatisfaction.com/flipboard
- InstaMap: http://nextroot.com/support/
- Statigram: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Followgram: @followgrame on Twitter
- Cityowls: email@example.com
Instagram isn't directly associated with third-party apps that utilize our API such as web viewers, desktop apps or image printing services, and we can't assist you in speeding up the process to remove any Instagram images that may appear on Google.
You can also find more information on removing a page or site from Google's search results.