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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 28th August 2023 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
Search his­toryDepending on your requirements
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.

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
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


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