Joining Instagram, like any other social network, means making compromises in terms of privacy, especially if you want to be an active user with many followers. When you created your account, you accepted the “rules of the game”. And started sharing the little moments of your private life. However, thinking about it. You have understood that photos and videos that portray your most personal sphere do not necessarily have to be available to everyone. Or you intend to obscure the most sensitive content to some users, by whom you may feel spied on or judged.
If you’ve got here, it’s probably because you want to know how to hide Instagram posts. Both from your followers and from users who don’t follow you. Well, you must know that to do this there is not only one way. But you can choose between various options, which allow – mostly indirectly – to limit one’s visibility to others until they become completely invisible; you will have to decide how to move. The same applies if you intend to remove posts shared by other people from your feed.
What is the use of hiding posts on Instagram?
Making Instagram posts invisible means not showing the content you publish to a particular account, or rather to those who are not followers. Maybe you don’t want to let a particular person know what you are doing or where you are, but you don’t want to deprive yourself of uploading a nice photo on the social network at the same time; or you have noticed that someone has started spying on you on Instagram, and this – of course – does not please you: the reasons, in short, may be different.
First of all, it is necessary to keep in mind that on Instagram you cannot yet regulate the privacy of individual posts. Fortunately, however, various secondary options are available, through which it is possible not to show what is published to “uncomfortable” users; and it is precisely these that I will talk about in the next paragraphs.
Every time you upload content online, whether it’s on Instagram. Or on any other social network, this can automatically become public domain and it can also happen that someone saves it by taking a screenshot, saving the movie, or recording the screen of his device (there are even apps that allow you to perform these functions).
The moment you signed up for the social network. You knew you would lose some privacy. The problem is that now, probably, which you can use to decide who to show your content to. These are all reversible choices. So if one day you don’t want to hide your Instagram posts anymore, you can always go back.
If you want to hide the posts of other users
You may have asked yourself this question even if you are in the opposite situation, that is, if you do not want to see the posts of a particular user, without blocking or unfollowing them.
In these cases, the best option is to silence his Instagram posts. In case this option isn’t enough, try hiding the IG stories posted by that profile as well.
How not to show Instagram posts to others
If you’re here, however, it’s to find out how to hide your Instagram posts. I mentioned at the beginning that unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no specific option to regulate the privacy of a single content, but there are third-party methods that allow you not to show what you publish to some users, if not to all those who consider themselves unknown (ie who are not present in the list of followers). Let’s see what they are.
Remove the user from followers
One of the first actions you can take to hide a post is to remove one or more users from followers. To do this, connect to your profile, go to the section called ” Followers ” and search for the name of who you want to remove. Once found, tap the Remove button.
Instagram will not tell the account that it has been removed from your network, but the person managing it may notice over time when they no longer see your content on their feed or as soon as they connect to your profile. Also, keep in mind that this option can only be effective if you have a private profile because in that case the removed person should be re-accepted before starting to follow you again; on the contrary, if you had a public profile, the former follower could become such again simply by connecting to your profile and tapping the “Follow” button; as an alternative, he may watch what you do by visiting your profile without following you.
Restrict or block the user
If you notice from the notifications that the removed user has started following you again, you can think about blocking or limiting him. You can do this even without the previous removal step:
- In the first case, you would limit the interactions between you and that person, who could still see your posts, but you would be the one to approve and make their comments public, and their chat would be moved to message requests. Read how to limit an Instagram account to learn more;
- By blocking an Instagram user, however, in addition to not being able to contact or follow you, would no longer see anything about you on the social network. Looking for you, it would find a white profile with zero posts (yes, even if the profile is public, but don’t forget that you can still see Instagram stories anonymously ).
Publish posts without hashtags
If you want to hide the posts, especially from those who are not among your followers, you could think of publishing them without a hashtag and thus avoiding ” hooking up on Instagram ” people who have searched for or followed that same word anticipated by the symbol #you wrote under your photo.
Hashtags are interactive labels and function as thematic aggregators. For example, if you write #estatein the caption of a post, it will be indexed together with the others with the same tag and anyone who searches #estateon Instagram will be able to see it, like, comment on it or even follow it (as if it were a profile).
If you want to protect yourself from the looks of strangers, but you don’t want to give up hashtags (even just to write them in the description), you could think of switching to a private profile, so that your shots are visible only to users who follow you.
Publish posts for everyone to see
Instead of thinking about how to remove visibility from the posts you publish on Instagram, you could take a step back, select your photos and publish only the less private ones, which everyone can see, thus excluding a portrait of you in the foreground or the shots taken of yours. children, or anything you don’t want to share with strangers.
Remember that it is not necessary to show on Instagram – and on social networks in general – every aspect of your life, especially if doing so makes you uncomfortable.
Use hidden Instagram stories
If there are no post privacy options, the same cannot be said for stories. Timed content has two specific options for hiding certain personal content. You could therefore use the IG stories to publish sensitive content, after having appropriately modified them using:
- The option of the closest friends of Instagram, which allows you to select some of your followers to show them particular content, that the rest of the followers should not view (eg exclusive or personal content);
- The option to hide Instagram stories, completely reversible, allows you to select certain followers or profiles that do not follow you and have not blocked you so as not to show them the new content shared in the feed that expires after one day (or in the feed “In evidence”).
Enable the private profile
To protect your privacy and protect your personal information, you may use a private IG profile. This way you decide which followers can see your content, accepting or denying their requests to follow you.
However, setting up a private profile can be a drastic choice, especially if you are looking for visibility or use Instagram for personal branding, which is why it is not an option that I recommend.
Create another private profile
An alternative to the private profile, which would avoid penalizing you in terms of visibility (and therefore followers), could be to manage two Instagram profiles, one public and one private.
In the first profile, you could show your interests, your work – if you are thinking of advertising on social media – or what you can do: non-sensitive content anyway; in the other, instead, you could add and accept only who you want, also showing the more personal aspects of your life. Read how to create another Instagram account for more information.
As I have repeated to you several times, Instagram still does not allow you to adjust the privacy of individual posts, which you can do on Facebook. For this, you might think about moving the most sensitive content to this social network.
Facebook would allow you, from time to time, to decide who to show what you upload online, both at the time of publication and after: in the first case, whether you are sharing a link, a photo, or writing a status, you could select who can see the post after sharing, choosing from your friends, all users of the social network, only you (in case of publication as a personal diary) or all friends except some; if instead you had to change the privacy of what you have already posted, you should find the shared content on your dashboard and use the “Change privacy” option. To learn more, read how to hide posts on Facebook.
In addition to the methodologies I’ve listed so far for hiding your IG posts, there is another one that could help you: it consists of being invisible on Instagram. This action includes a number of strategies for blending, including:
- Don’t show followers when online;
- Make stories private even if they are viewed anonymously;
- Use of the social network anonymously;
These are options that could greatly reduce your popularity on the platform, but they would help you to limit the visibility of some more sensitive content.
Making Instagram posts invisible on a case-by-case basis
Finally, as I mentioned at the beginning, there are many reasons and circumstances for which you could decide to hide a post on Instagram, which require more or less definitive actions. Below, I list three specific cases, with related recommendations.
Blocking a user from viewing your content without blocking them doesn’t always work, especially if you have a public profile. As simple as it is to hide the stories from them (although they can be viewed anonymously, as mentioned above), the posts would still remain accessible from your gallery, while removing the follower from your circles.
The alternative could be to restrict this particular user – they would see what you post, but they won’t be able to interact with you.
To make your posts invisible to some of your followers, you have two alternatives:
- Block them, especially if you want to keep the public account;
- Remove them from the list of followers, which is useful if you have a private profile.
Instead, it would be easier to limit the viewing of stories and publish sensitive content only there: by restricting the vision to a few users, others would not be able to