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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 23rd Feb­ruary 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 dis­play your account set­tings in Insta­gram, click the pro­file symbol bottom right of the page, then the three bar symbol top right and select entry „set­tings“ from the menu.


Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pause allDepending on your requirements
Posts, Sto­ries and CommentsDepending on your requirements
Fol­lowing and FollowersDepending on your requirements
Direct Mes­sages and CallsDepending on your requirements
Live and VideoDepending on your requirements
FundraisersDepending on your requirements
From Insta­gramActi­vate «Sup­port Requests»
Acti­vate «Unrec­og­nized Logins»
Others: Depending on your requirements
Email and SMSDepending on your requirements
Shop­pingDepending on your requirements


Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pri­vate AccountActi­vate
Hidden WordsDepending on yourrequirements
Com­mentsDepending on your requirements
PostsActi­vate «Man­u­ally Approve Tags»
Others: Depending on your requirements
Men­tionsActi­vate «People You Follow»
StoryDeac­ti­vate «Allow Sharing to Messages»
Others: Depending on your requirements
LiveDepending on your requirements
GuidesDepending on your requirements
Activity StatusDeac­ti­vate «Show Activity Status» 
Mes­sageDepending on your requirements
Restricted AccountsDepending on you rrequirements
Blocked AccountsDepending on your requirements
Muted AccountsDepending on your requirements
Accounts You FollowDepending on your requirements


Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Pass­wortManage your pass­words out­side of Insta­gram, for instance using a pass­word manager.
Login ActivityReg­u­larly check your log-ins.
Saved login infoDeac­ti­vate
Two-fac­torauthen­ti­ca­tionRec­om­mended. The authen­tifi­ca­tion app is prefer­able to SMS.
Emails from InstagramIf you sus­pect phishing, you can check here whether an e-mail has actu­ally come from Insta­gram or not.
Secu­rity checkupOption­ally, you can also reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary.
Apps and websitesReg­u­larly close ses­sions you no longer need.


Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Ad inter­estsDepending on your requirements
Data about your activity from partnersDeac­ti­vate
Ad ActivityHere you can see with which ads you have interacted. 


Cat­e­goryOur rec­om­men­da­tion
Per­sonal informationDepending on your require­ments and con­text of the account

Email address:Use a free address without any indi­ca­tion of your iden­tity (e.g.ferrari397@gmail.com).

Phone number: Option­ally, you can also reg­ister a mobile number, which will then be required for log-in con­fir­ma­tions as necessary

Close FriendsHere you can select and limit to „Close friends“ if you would like to only share sto­ries with them.
Sen­si­tive con­tent controlHere you can con­trol the number of photos and videos which might poten­tially be unset­tling or vulgar. 

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