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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 11th January 2024 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.

Account Center - Profiles

Here you can find all your accounts, like Instagram, Facebook and Horizon.

Account Center - Connected experiences

CategoryOur recommendation
Sharing across profilesDepending on your requirements
Logging in with accountsSpecify which accounts can log in to other accounts

Account Center - Accounts

You can add and remove accounts from this account overview.

Account Center - Personal details

CategoryOur recommendation
Contact infoUse a free address without any indication of your identity (e.g. ferrari397@gmail.com).
Date of birthDate of birth display
Identity confirmationA step by step to verifiying your information.
Account ownership and controlMemorialization – Depending on your requirements
Deactivation or deletion – In case you want to delete or deactivate your accounts.

Account Center - Password and security

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
Login & recoveryChange passwordManage your passwords outside of Instagram, for instance using a password manager.
Two-factor authenticationActive
Saved loginDetails of the saved logins
Security-checksWhere you're logged in
List is automatically created by Meta
Login alertsActivate for all accounts
Recent emailsRecieved emails
Security CheckupHere you can do a security-check on your accounts.

Account Center - Your information and permissions

CategoryOur recommendation
Access your informationYou will be redirected to your Facebook account to view your information there.
Download your informationYou can request a copy of all your information at any time.
Transfer a copy of your informationYou can transfer a copy of information you created or shared on Facebook or Instagram to another service.
Search historyDepending on your requirements
Your activity off Meta technologiesDon't link any activities with Meta if at all possible.
Manage contactsDon't synchronise any lists of contacts with Instagram if at all possible.
Manage cookiesDepending on your requirements

Account Center - Ad preferences

Depending on your requirements

Account Center - Payments

CategoryOur recommendation
Ads paymentsDepending on your requirements
Meta PayRequired for certain games and activities. The encryption and security meet common standards.

Account Center - Meta Verified

You can obtain additional premium benefits such as additional support and increased account protection with a Meta Verified subscription. This can be set depending on your requirements.

Edit profile

Here you can change your profile picture, create a profile, enter gender information, and make account suggestions settings.

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

What you see

Here you can set how ‘like’ shall be displayed.

Who can see your content

Set your account to private if you don’t want to share your profile publicly.

How others can interact with you

CategorySub-categoryOur recommendation
MessageDepending on your requirements
Activity statusDon't activate
StoryViewingDepending on your requirements
ReplyingDepending on your requirements
Save story to archiveDepending on your requirements
CommentsDepending on your requirements
MentionsAllow @mentions fromNo one
Restricted accountsThis is where you can limit other profiles in case of unwanted interactions.
Who can tag youNo one
Manually approve tagsManually approve posts when you're tagged in them
Offensive words and phrasesHide CommentsActivate
Advanced comment filteringDeactivate
Hide Message RequestActivate


Depending on your requirements


Here you can get some help and information on your account status.


This is where you can view your subscriptions.

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