Instagram is a to-go-to app/site that connects you to everyone you know or you don’t. This is the place where you can share your life moments via photos, videos, boomerang videos, stories, and more. Although Instagram does practice to keep users safe, there are users who feel unsafe or say worried about posting something on their Instagram handle. This isn’t a rare occurrence since you’ll find many people who might not post too much due to privacy issues they have with the app. With that being said, Instagram has a few features that could help control your privacy on the platform so try it out. Here are a few features available on Instagram that you must know.
Use these Instagram Features to Control your Privacy
Make Your Instagram Account Private
By default, your account on Instagram is set p as a public account which means whatever you post is visible to anyone who goes to your profile. To simplify it, celebrities have a public account where you can view all their posts, stories, etc. However, for anyone who wants to limit their interactions with others, turning the account into a ‘Private’ one can save the day. Since your account is now private, no one can see what you share, post, etc.
Step 01: First up, open the Instagram app on your phone and go to your ‘Profile’.
Step 02: Tap on the hamburger icon on the top left corner to open a menu, select ‘ Settings’ listed on the bottom of the screen.
Step 03: The next step is to select and open ‘Privacy and Security >> Account Privacy’.
Step 04: Toggle to turn ON ‘Private Account’ mode that should hide everything from non-followers.
Control your Online Status Privacy
WhatsApp rolled out this feature before Instagram. It can be explained simply by the fact that by default, Instagram shows other users about your online status and the last time you went online. This feature is limited to followers only. However, it is possible that some users might not be comfortable showing their online status or the time when they came online due to numerous reasons. Thus, Instagram has a way to fix this and hide your online status so follow the steps mentioned below to know more.
Step 01: Open the Instagram app.
Step 02: Go to your ‘Profile’ and click on the hamburger icon to go to ‘Settings’.
Step 03: Next, tap on ‘Privacy’ from among the menu and select ‘Activity Status’ listed under the ‘Interactions’ section.
Step 04: Toggle to turn off the ‘Show Activity Status’ and you are done.
Hide your Instagram Stories from followers / non-followers
Sharing Stories on Instagram is never that difficult. Go to the app, tap on the ‘Add’ icon on the top of the newsfeed on the app and you get options whether to click photos or videos or add filters to it or add existing photos, etc. However, the Story is visible to all your followers and non-followers (if the account is public).
Adding a few friends in the Close Friends list on Instagram will allow you to secretly share stuff with those selected few friends and not others. This feature allows you to share Stories with any hassle of privacy being compromised in any way since you will be sharing the stuff with the selected friends only.
Step #1: Firstly, open the Instagram app on your phone and proceed to your profile.
Step #2: Tap on the hamburger icon on the top right corner and select ‘Close Friends’.
Step #3: Here, you can add friends that you interact with or what to share your Instagram Stories with only and not others.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
When you log in to your Instagram handle, you enter a password which although you shouldn’t share it with anyone. This is the first point of security which might be compromised in some cases if the hackers decrypt the password you enter to log in. Now, adding a second layer of a password which is OTP or One Time Password will add a thick layer of security around your profile guarding it against intruders trying to get access to it.
Instagram has a Two-Factor Authentication feature which upon activation, allows users to either receive an OTP every time they log in to their IG handle. The other option is to generate keys using manual authentication apps such as Google Authenticator which matches up with Instagram and allows access if the keys are matched.
Control your Comment’s Privacy
Users with private accounts are basically relieved from the excessive problem that comments from followers might cause. However, those with public accounts are rather targeted with nasty comments by who’s who. Since you can’t control everyone commenting on your photo by hiding their responses and whatnot, using this feature which comes nested with two sub-feature, you can literally control who comments.
Step #1: First of all, open the Instagram app and go to Profile.
Step #2: Tap on the hamburger icon on the top right corner to open the menu, tap ‘Settings’ listed on the bottom of the screen.
Step #3: Tap on Privacy and go towards the Comments section.
Step #4: Tap on ‘Allow Comments From’ where you get options on whether to allow everyone to comment on your posts, people you know and so on.
Step #5: There is a second feature under the ‘Control’ section where you can select people or users that you don’t want to comment on your posts.
Instagram offers a different privacy controlling feature is called ‘Restricted Account’. What this feature does is that when a user ‘X’ restricts a user ‘Y’, the user X will be able to limit user Y’s comments between the two. The comments aren’t visible publicly. You can either go to the said profile you want to restrict or go to Settings >> Privacy >> Restricted Accounts >> Add account.
Turn off Archiving ‘Stories’
I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook and saw a photo I posted last year. These are memories and are stored on Facebook’s server so that it could showcase it later. The same applies to Instagram as well which stores all your Stories on its server or say archives it.
Although the feature is not known to all, you can check out the Stories you posted years ago on Instagram in the Archives section. Although this does give users a sense of rejoicing as they recall their life moments in those yesteryear’s stories, it does calls for action as the Stories are still stored in the server. I would rather go to the Archives section and clear archives and that’s all.
Step 01: To turn off archiving your stories, you need to head towards your Profile and go to the Settings by clicking on the three horizontally stacked lines (hamburger icon) and tap on ‘Settings’.
Step 02: Next, select ‘Privacy’ and then, scroll and select ‘Story’ which is listed under the Interactions section.
Step 03: Here, you should have a heading called Savings with a subheading ‘Save to Archive’. Toggling it off will disable the feature right away.