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. You can make your posts private so that only followers you approve can see them. If your posts are set to private, only your approved followers will see them in the Photos tab of Search & Explore or on hashtag or location pages. Posts can't be set to private from a desktop computer.

To set your posts to private from the Instagram app:

Apple iOS

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap
  3. Turn on the Private Account setting

Android

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap
  3. Turn on the Private Account setting

Windows Phone

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap Edit Profile
  3. Turn on the Posts are Private setting by checking the box and then tap the check mark to save your changes

Things to keep in mind about private posts:

  • Private posts you share to social networks may be visible to the public depending on your privacy settings for those networks. For example, a post you share to Twitter that was set to private on Instagram may be visible to the people who can see your Twitter posts.
  • 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.
  • Follow requests appear in Activity, where you can approve or ignore them.
  • If someone was already following before you set your posts to private and you don't want them to see your posts, you can block them.
  • People can send a photo or video directly to you even if they’re not following you.
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