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Insta­gram Settings

Insta­gram offers a mul­ti­tude of con­fig­u­ra­tion options. It is not always easy to keep track of all the var­ious set­tings offered and to select the best set­tings for your pur­poses. Our check­list is meant to assist you to pro­tect your account and all your pub­lished infor­ma­tion in the best pos­sible way.

We have tried to draw up as uni­ver­sally applic­able a set of instruc­tions for pri­vate users as pos­sible. Nev­er­the­less, the indi­vidual con­fig­u­ra­tion options and set­tings may differ in spe­cific cases. This check­list refers to the Insta­gram set­tings avail­able as of 9th December 2022 as dis­played in a desktop com­puter browser.

As a rule, the set­tings described here are auto­mat­i­cally adopted in the Insta­gram app. Depending on your smart­phone and oper­ating system though, there may be some addi­tional set­tings in the app which are not dis­cussed here.

To show the account set­tings in Insta­gram, click the three bar symbol at the bottom left and then select entry “set­tings” from the menu.

Edit pro­file

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
NameDepending on your requirements
User­nameDepending on your requirements
Web­siteDepending on your requirements
BioDepending on your requirements
EmailUse a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com).
Phone numberOption­ally, you can reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary.
GenderPrefer not to say
Sim­ilar account suggestionsDepending on your requirements

Change pass­word

Manage your pass­words out­side of Insta­gram, for instance using a pass­word manager.

Apps and websites

Here you can view all apps and web­sites which you have linked to your Insta­gram account.

Email noti­fi­ca­tions

Depending on your requirements

Push noti­fi­ca­tions

Depending on your requirements

Manage con­tacts

Here you can view your con­tacts you have added to Instagram.

Only you can see your con­tacts. How­ever, Insta­gram uses all infor­ma­tion uploaded to your con­tacts to pro­vide friend­ship sug­ges­tions to you and other people, and to pro­vide all users with a better experience.

Pri­vacy and security

Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Account pri­vacyActi­vate
Activity statusDon‘t acti­vate
Story sharingDon‘t acti­vate
Com­mentsDepending on your requirements
Photos of youDepending on your requirements
Data per­mis­sionsDon‘t acti­vate «Optional cookies»
Two-Factor Authen­ti­ca­tionActi­vate «Text mes­sage» or «Authen­ti­ca­tion app»
Data Down­loadDepending on your requirements
Pri­vacy and secu­rity helpDepending on your requirements
Men­tionsPeople you follow
PostsActi­vate «Hide like and view counts»

Acti­vate «People you follow»

Mes­sage ControlsDepending on your requirements
Hidden WordsDepending on your requirements


Here you can view your ad activities.


Depending on your requirements

Login activity

Here you can view your log-in activities.

Emails from Instagram

Here you can view all e-mails (security/others) which have been sent by Insta­gram over the past fort­night .You can use this list to estab­lish which e-mails are gen­uine and which ones are fake.


Here you can get some help.

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