While you might have an Instagram account to keep up with all of the precious memories that you have made throughout the years, you don’t exactly want those memories to be seen by anyone who might come across your profile on the social media site. Luckily, there is a way that you can prevent other people from seeing your photos, or your profile entirely, by making the profile private. Here is how you can do that. Keep in mind, these instructions are for mobile devices. To make your Instagram private on the computer, you might need to follow different steps.


Step 1: Got your profile.

Depending on the type of mobile device that you use, your profile could be on the top right corner, or the bottom right corner. Either way, you will want to start off by going to your profile. Once you are there, you can move to the next step.


Step 2: Locate the three horizontal lines.

On your profile, you will see three horizontal lines. Again, the type of mobile device you are using is going to determine where the lines can be found. It should be in the top corner of your profile but can be at the bottom.


Step 3: Find the settings option.

When you tap on the lines on your profile, you will see multiple options pop up. You want to click on the option that says settings.


Step 4: Find account privacy.

When you click on settings, you will be greeted with even more options to choose from. Since you are here to change your account from public to private, you will want to click on account privacy. This option should be near the top of the settings list.


Step 5: Make your account private.

When you are in account privacy settings, you will see that there are a few things that you can tap on. You will see that there is a sliding bar next to the private account option. If it is currently lit up with color, then your account is already private and you don’t have to do anything. But if your private account slider is grey, you will want to tap on it to make it light up. Once you have done this, congratulations, you now have an account that is private.


There are a lot of reasons why someone would want to make their account private. Regardless what your reasoning is, you should be able to easily make your account private by following this step by step guide. If you find yourself lost, go through the list again and you will see that you missed a step along the way. Just go back and correct it to get back on the right track.

If there is, however, a private account that you want to snoop on, you can use a tool like Instagram private profile viewer to satisfy your curiosity.