Instagram and Privacy: The Value of Setting Your Account to Private

Instagram is the world’s most widely used social media platform. It began as a simple image sharing service and has grown into so much more. However, everything is not always as bright as it looks. Sometimes you may need to set your account on private. If you do not know how to do so, the steps below should make it a breeze.

 

Steps to Put Your Instagram Account in Private Mode

 

It does not matter what the reason is. When you need to put your account in private mode, you need to put it in private mode. You can use either your mobile device or a computer. The specific directions will vary depending on which device you choose.

 

 

Mobile Device Instructions: iOS or Android

 

Most people use the social media platform on their mobile devices. Thankfully, you can toggle private mode on both android and iOS devices. The directions are the same for either.

 

 

Open App:

Grab your mobile device in the open up Instagram. Once the app loads, look for the icon that lets you go to your profile.

 

 

Go to Profile:

Click on your profile icon. Your profile lets you see everything that you have posted on the social media platform. You can make changes to your account from here as well.

 

Click Settings:

When you want to change any of the settings on your account, you need to click on the settings button. On an android device, it will look like three vertically stacked lines. On an iOS device, the button will look like a small gear cog. Click on that to move forward.

 

Privacy:

Once the settings menu is open, you will see a list of options. One of those options will be called privacy. That is where the toggle for a private account is located.

 

Private Account:

A private account makes it where other people cannot find you. From this menu, you can click on the toggle to put your account into private mode. When you would like to discontinue using the private mode, use the same toggle to turn it off.

 

Desktop or Laptop Instructions

 

The directions will be similar to the computer. Go to the Instagram website and open up your profile page.

 

Edit Account:

Inside of your profile page, you should see a button labeled edit account. Click on that.

 

Privacy and Security:

Inside your account, you will see a menu for privacy and security. Click there.

 

Private Account:

Here is where the toggle for private account is on desktop computers. You can use it in the same way that you can on mobile devices. Click it once to turn it on and begin to turn it off.

Finally, a word of caution before you go running off uploading all manner of photos to your account. There are Instagram private account viewer tools that can be used to still view private accounts anonymously, so keep that in mind!