Instagram is now one of the most popular social networks out there. Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has more than one billion users worldwide and the number seems to never stop. By default, your Instagram accounts are open to public, meaning that everyone can see your videos or photos without your permission.
If you want add a little privacy to your account, Instagram allows you to easily do that. Instagram offers the option to make your account private, so a select number of people can see your photos and videos.
In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to make your Instagram private. For some background, once you make your account private, other users will still be able search for you, but all your photos and videos will be hidden. You will receive a follow request every time someone wants to follow you.
Note that you can only make your account private using the Instagram app on your mobile phone, so make sure that you have the app installed on your device before proceeding.
Steps to make your Instagram account private
Step one: First off, you need to launch the Instagram app from your home screen
Step two: Next up, you are supposed to tap on the Profile located at the bottom-right corner of the screen and then tap on the Settings button at the top right corner of the app
Step three: Tap on the switch next to Private Account. Once you are done, your account is now private. Your photos and videos now can be viewed by your followers only.
Steps to block an Instagram user on your iPhone
Once you have successfully made your account private, strangers will still be able to search for your name. Instagram allows you to block a specific Instagram user. Here is how:
Step one: Launch the Instagram app from your home screen and visit the profile of the user you want to block
Step two: Once you are done, tap on the Ellipsis button at the top-right corner and select the red block button
Step three: Tap on the Block button to confirm and tap Dismiss to complete the task.
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