Controlling Your Visibility
Setting Your Photos and Videos to Private
By default, anyone can view your profile and photos/videos on Instagram. To make your posts private so only approved followers can see them:
- Go to your profile by tapping .
- Tap Edit Your Profile next to your profile picture.
- For iPhone/iPad, scroll down to Posts Are Private and slide it to On. For Android or Windows Phone, check the box next to Posts are Private.
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 feed, 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
When a private user has a location associated with a photo, the photo will also appear on their Photo Map.
Only the private user will be able to see that photo on the geolocation tag page. Private users' images, even when geotagged, are hidden from their approved followers and from the public.
Only the private user and their approved followers will be able to see that photo on a Photo Map. Private users' images, 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.
Private users can add hashtags to photos and videos, but only the private user 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 users' images, even when hashtagged, are hidden from the public.
If a private user uploads a photo/video and then an approved follower likes that image, the private photo/video will not 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 a private user likes a photo that a public user uploaded, their like will be visible and their username will be clickable below that public user's photo.
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 feed. 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 a private user shares a photo/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 the image's direct link/URL.
It's important to note that sharing a photo/video to a social network doesn't mean that the image will be visible in Instagram. The account will still appear private to those who aren't approved followers, as seen in the screenshot below.
Instagram Privacy on the Web
If you do not want your photos or videos to appear on Google, we suggest revoking access to the third-party website here or setting your account to private. It may take some time for these sites and Google to reindex and remove the images, even if you delete your account.
If you need to contact the application that is 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: email@example.com
- Followgram: @followgrame on Twitter
- Cityowls: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find more information on removing a page or site from Google's search results here.