Why am I seeing suggestions in my gallery or camera roll when creating a story on Instagram?
You can allow Instagram to make suggestions for what photos and videos to add to your story from your device’s library. You may also see suggestions for what formats you can use or what else you can include in your story (example: Boomerang and stickers.)
Your photos and videos won’t be shared to Instagram unless you choose to add them to your story or elsewhere on Instagram.

How do I manage suggestions?

To change whether suggestions are enabled:
Instagram app for Android and iPhone and Instagram Lite app for Android
  1. Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap more options in the top right, then tap settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Privacy, then tap Camera.
  4. Scroll down to Suggestions. From here you can select:
    • Advanced to see suggestions for your stories based on the general data about your photos and details of your photos (example: people and objects in your photos, photo quality.)
    • Basic to see suggestions for your stories based on the general data about your photos (example: when and where your photo was taken, photo format.)
    • Off to turn suggestions off.

What are basic suggestions?

Basic suggestions are automatically turned on if you give Instagram access to your device’s gallery or camera roll. These suggestions are based on metadata about your photos or videos like:
  • How recently your photos or videos were taken
  • Where your photos or videos were taken
  • Photos or videos you favorited
To turn off basic suggestions, follow the steps above.

What are advanced suggestions?

You can turn on advanced suggestions to get more relevant story suggestions. These suggestions are based on things like:
  • Metadata about your photos or videos from basic suggestions
  • What is in your photos
  • The quality of your photos
Instagram uses face detection data and machine learning models to show you more relevant story suggestions. For example, we may use face detection data and machine learning models to process the quality of your photos, whether there are people or other objects in your photos and whether the photos follow Instagram’s Community Guidelines.
Note that the face detection data used for suggestions is different from facial recognition technology. People in your photos won’t automatically be recognized and matched with other photos they appear in. Face detection looks for the presence of human faces in your photos, but doesn’t identify them.
Face detection data is provided to Instagram by the company who made your device’s operating system (example: Apple iOS, Google Android). Google or Apple processes the photos in your device’s library to determine if there are faces in them and the data from this process is provided to Instagram. Face detection processing used for suggestions is done on your device and data that comes from it is stored on your device, not on Instagram.
If you’ve turned on advanced suggestions and want to turn them off, follow the steps above.
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