How to Make Your Instagram Private

by Julius Vandersteen

Instagram’s free photo-sharing service lets you take pictures with your iOS or Android device, apply filters to change their appearance and then share them with other Instagram users. By default, anyone can see the photos that you share via Instagram. If you prefer to keep your images private, you can adjust your Instagram profile setting to require users to send you a request for approval to see your photos.

Launch Instagram on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Tap the rectangular “Profile” icon in the lower-right corner of the display.

Select “Edit Your Profile.”

Scroll to “Photos are Private,” and then tap the settings switch to “On” when using an iPhone or iPad. Tap the checkbox next to “Photos are Private” when using an Android device. Now people who want to see your Instagram photos will first need to send you a follow request, which will appear in your You feed. Tap the user name in a request followed by “Approve” to let the user see your photos, or tap “Ignore” to prevent the user from seeing your photos.


  • Information in this article applies to the Instagram app for iOS 6 and Android devices version 3.2 and higher. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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