How to make your Instagram private and hide your account from everyone except the followers you approve

It's easy to make your Instagram private on your phone or computer.

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It’s easy to make your Instagram private on your phone or computer.
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By default, Instagram accounts are set to be public. But there is always the option to go private, meaning only followers you approve will be able to see your posts.

For those who are interested, making the switch to a private Instagram account is an easy task – it should only take a minute to complete.

Once you do, everyone who is already following you will still follow you. But new followers will only be able to request to follow you (those requests will appear in your Instagram notifications tab) and you’ll be able to approve or decline those requests.

Here’s how to make your Instagram private, whether you’re on your mobile device or a desktop computer.

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How to make Instagram private on a mobile device

Whether you have an iPhone or Android, here’s how to make your Instagram account private via your mobile device:

1. Open your Instagram app.

2. Toggle over to your profile.

3. Tap the three stacked lines in the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap on the three stacked bars in the top right.

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Tap on the three stacked bars in the top right.
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4. Tap “Settings.”

Tap Settings at the bottom of the screen.

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Tap Settings at the bottom of the screen.
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5. Select “Privacy.”

6. Under “Connections,” tap “Account Privacy.”

Navigate to Account Privacy.

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Navigate to Account Privacy.
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7. Toggle on the “Private Account” option.

Make your Instagram private by toggling Private Account on.

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Make your Instagram private by toggling Private Account on.
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How to make Instagram private on a desktop computer

For those who prefer to use their desktop computer, or who are more accustomed to working on social media with their computer, here’s what you’ll need to do in order to make your Instagram account private:

1. Go to Instagram.com and login, if necessary.

2. Tap the profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen to get to your profile.

3. Click on the gear icon (next to the “Edit Profile” button).

4. Select “Privacy and Security.”

Tap Privacy and Security.

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Tap Privacy and Security.
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5. Tick the box next to “Private Account.”

Check the box for Private Account.

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Check the box for Private Account.
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Once you make your account private, you can always go back in and change it back to a public account via your account settings.