Today we will see how to configure privacy on Instagram, the social network that revolves around photography. We will see the different options that you have at your disposal to control who can see what of your Instagram account.

How to prevent certain people from having access to your profile or leaving you comments on Instagram?  In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about privacy on Instagram. You can now control who sees your data in the social network of the photographs.


Instagram is a social network based on publishing and sharing photos with other users. Your privacy options have had to adapt to the requirements of the new GDPR. This regulation requires operators and internet platforms to update their terms of digital privacy and data processing. How has Instagram adapted to the new regulations?

Privacy Policy

Instagram’s privacy policies explain the ways in which this social network performs the processing of user data. When a person signs up on the platform, they are accepting these conditions and terms of use.

What personal information does Instagram collect?

  • User behaviors on the platform.
  • Information on device use.
  • Information collected by partners when using their services.

For what purpose are your personal data used?

  • Update and customize products.
  • Perform analysis and measurements.
  • Improve security
  • Communicate with the user.

With whom does Instagram share your information?

  • Facebook.
  • External partners (advertisers, measurement companies, vendors, etc.)

Regulations in force

There is are global laws that regulate the processing of user data on the Internet.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force on May 25, 2018. This new European legislation updates the obligations of companies regarding data processing. It also grants more rights to users for the protection of their personal information. From now on, websites and social networks such as Instagram should:

  • Obtain express consent from the user to collect their data.
  • Provide transparent information about those responsible for the treatment.
  • Inform about the treatment that will be made of said information and the time that said INFO would remain in the files.
  • Communicate the transfer of personal data to third parties.
  • Offer the right of opposition.
  • Update and inform about your cookie policy.


There are different options to set up your account for maximum privacy on Instagram. The method is the same for Android, iOS or PC devices:

  • Access the Instagram application.
  • Enter your profile (bottom right of the screen).
  • Go to the Settings  (the three points in the upper right of the screen).

How to set Instagram profile private?

To put on the private Instagram profile, you must access Settings  (following the route described in the previous point). In the Account section, there is a switch where you can change the status from public to private.

How to change the privacy of Instagram stories?

Until recently, privacy options on Instagram were limited to switching to the public or private profile. With the arrival of Instagram Stories, the possibilities have expanded.

To configure the privacy of Instagram stories, you have to access the section Settings > Story controls. From here you can:

  • Hide stories: add users to whom Instagram Stories will not be shown.
  • Allow replies to messages: choose who can leave comments on your stories.
  • Allow to share stories. Decide which users share your content.

Where to set the privacy of the photos?

The privacy of photos on Instagram depends on whether the profile is public or private. If private, it is the user who then decides who shares the photos among his followers.

To send private photos only to certain users, you can use the Instagram Direct service. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Enter the profile.
  • Click on the icon to share publications directly
  • Click on the «+» symbol to choose the image you want to share.
  • Edit the photo and follow the arrow on the right.
  • Write the description and add the contacts in the To section.

You can also hide posts or delete photos from Instagram. To do this, you have to enter the menu of an image (upper right) and select the Archive option.

Unarchive photos

To unarchive Instagram photos, follow these steps:

  • Enter the profile.
  • Go to archived photos.
  • Select the image you want to take from the file.
  • Click on Show in profile.

How to block Instagram followers?

The privacy options on Instagram allow you to block users that you don’t want to see your posts (you won’t be able to see theirs either, nor communicate with them: To block someone you have to do the following:

  • Enter the user’s Instagram profile.
  • Select the Menu button (the three vertical dots).
  • Click on the option Block user that will open in the drop-down menu.

Unblock users

  • Enter the user’s Instagram profile.
  • Select the Menu button (the three vertical dots).
  • Click on the Unlock user option that will open in the drop-down menu.

How to disable Instagram comments?

Another possibility to increase the privacy of the Instagram profile is to disable comments. There are two possibilities:

  • Disable comments before sharing the post : Start> Share> Edit Image> Advanced Settings. Here you will see the option to disable comments for that post.
  • Disable comments on existing posts: Profile> Select a post> Menu (the three vertical dots)> Disable comments.

In both cases, the configuration is not saved for future publications. If you want to disable comments on new photos or videos, you will have to do it manually.

Choose the Instagram notifications you want to receive

To stop receiving Instagram notifications, you must follow the following route:

  • Enter the Instagram account.
  • Access the profile.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Notification Settings.

How to deactivate Instagram account temporarily?

To temporarily deactivate an Instagram account, follow a few simple steps: 

  • Login to account
  • Go to Edit Profile.
  • Select Deactivate my account temporarily.
  • Answer the question: Why do you want to disable your account? and enter your password.
  • Confirm the process by clicking Temporarily disable the account.

Once the account is deactivated, all photos, videos or comments will remain hidden until you activate it again.

How to delete your Instagram account?

Are you tired of Instagram? Are you worried about your digital privacy, and have you decided to delete your social media profiles? The option to delete your Instagram account forever is quite hidden, but here we are to help you. Follow the steps below.

  • Enter the account.
  • Go to the Delete account link.
  • Answer the question: Why do you want to delete your account?
  • Confirm the previous answer and enter your password.
  • Select Delete my account permanently.

After this last step, all the data, photographs, videos, comments or likes of the profile will be deleted and can not be recovered again.


Where to check the Instagram privacy policy for 2018?

Like the rest of internet operators, Instagram has had to adapt its data protection policies to the new GDPR that came into effect on May 25, 2018. You can check the privacy and security policy on Instagram in this link.

How to exercise the right of opposition?

Users can exercise their right to oppose Instagram based on different assumptions:

  • Prevent Instagram from using the data to perform direct marketing.
  • Prohibit the use of your personal information when the user performs a task for their benefit, a third party or public interest.

Instagram makes available to its users the right to object through the Cancel subscription link.

Does Instagram share your privacy with Facebook?

Instagram is owned by Facebook, so user information can be shared between both social networks. If you want to know more, we recommend you read our guide on privacy on Facebook.

We hope you have a clearer configuration of your privacy on Instagram. Remember that in the current era, it is important to protect our personal data, especially in the digital environment.

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