Make Your Instagram Photos Private in 3 Steps

Make Your Instagram Photos Private in 3 Steps

Now that Instagram has released web profiles, that means photos you shared on your public Instagram profile  can now be accessed online. Anyone who knows your Instagram handle can go directly to your web profile at[username] to view your filtered snapshots. If you already had your Instagram profile set to private, only your approved followers will be able to view your photos after they’ve logged into


If you were like me, I originally had my profile set to public because I knew that they could only be accessed via a mobile device . Now with the rollout of web profiles, I felt a little bit uneasy seeing my photos on a desktop and decided to make the switch. If you’re interested in making your Instagram photos private, here are 3 easy steps to ensure your photos are shared with the people only you give permission to. Note: These instructions are for the Apple iOS. For Android instructions, please visit Instagram’s Help Center.

Step 1: Log into Instagram and go to your ‘Profile’ by tapping the far right address card icon.

Make Your Instagram Photos Private Step 1

Step 2:  Tap the ‘Setting’ icon in the upper right hand corner.

Make Your Instagram Photos Private Step 2

Step 3: Scroll down to ‘Photos are Private’ and toggle the switch to ON to turn privacy.

Make Your Instagram Photos Private Step 3

Congratulations, your profile is now private!

P.S. For those that were curious, the Step 1 image features a nice dim sum spread from Emerald restaurant here in San Diego, CA.

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