How do I set my photos and videos to private so that only approved followers can see them?

By default, anyone can view your profile and posts on Instagram. To make your posts private so only approved followers can see them:

  1. Go to your profile by tapping on iPhone and Windows Phone or on Android
  2. Tap Edit Your Profile next to your profile picture
  3. 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.

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