A guide to limit the troubles with your Instagram profile

A guide to limit the troubles with your Instagram profile

Not to be cynical, but let’s face it: as long as Instagram and other social media platforms exist, there will always be creeps hovering over them. Commenting on weird things on your posts. I send you intrusive messages. And it generally makes you uncomfortable just by taking up space in your digital circle.

Thankfully, there are more than a few tools you can use to curb the chills on Instagram. From blocking accounts to limiting who can DM you to reporting an account and more, we’ll walk you through a number of Instagram features you can use to keep yourself safer online.

For many of the sections in this guide, you’ll start by doing these four steps:

1. Go to your profile page.

2. Tap the menu icon in the top right corner.

3. Tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

Find your profile settings.

Find your profile settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

4. Tap “Privacy”.

Tap "Privacy" to access your privacy settings.

Tap “Privacy” to access your privacy settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

We will take each new section from there.

How to change the status of your business

Steps 1—4

5. Tap “Activity Status” down.

Find "Activity Status" in the privacy settings.

Find “Activity Status” in the privacy settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

6. Turn your business status on or off.

When the activity status is off, no one will be able to see when you were last active or when you are currently active.

How to limit who can send you messages

Steps 1—4

5. Tap “Messages” down.

Find "Messages" in the privacy settings.

Find “Messages” in the privacy settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

6. Under “Potential Connections”, choose whether or not to receive message requests.

7. Under “Other people”, choose whether or not to receive message requests.

Enabled message requests will cause the message requests to be delivered to the “Message Requests” folder. If this feature is disabled, you will not receive message requests. Maybe you want this feature turned on for your followers because you know and trust them, but you want it turned off for other people so you don’t get messages from strangers.

How to limit accounts

1. Go to the account you want to restrict.

2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

3. Tap “Restrict” on the pop-up menu.

Touch "Limit" in the pop-up menu after tapping the three dots in the upper right corner.

Tap “Restrict” on the pop-up menu after tapping the three dots in the top right corner. Credit: screenshot: instagram

4. Read the message that appears, then tap “Restrict Account”.

As the message says, the account limitation:

  • Limit unwanted interactions without having to block or unfollow someone you know.
  • You will check if others can see their new comments on your posts or their responses to stickers in your Stories.
  • Their chat will be moved to your Message Requests, so they won’t see when you’ve read it.

You can also find the “Restrict” feature by tapping the drop-down arrow next to “Follow” under the account display name and bio.

You can view your restricted accounts in the privacy settings.

How to block accounts

1. Go to the account you want to block.

2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

3. Tap “Block”.

Touch "Block" after touching the three dots in the upper right corner.

Tap “Lock” after tapping the three dots in the top right corner. Credit: screenshot: instagram

4. Choose an option between blocking a specific account and blocking that account and gods new accounts they might create. To be on the safe side, we suggest the latter.

5. Tap “Block”.

How to control who can comment on your posts

Steps 1—4

5. Tap “Comments” towards the top.

Find "Comments" in your privacy settings.

Find “Comments” in your privacy settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

6. Set the comment controls as you like.

  • Choose who to allow comments from (everyone, people you follow and your followers, only people you follow, only your followers).
  • Choose who to block comments from by typing an account name in the search bar and tapping “Block” on the right. You can block comments from anyone, not just people who follow you.

How to control who can mention you

Steps 1—4

5. Tap “Mentions”.

Find "Mentions" in your privacy settings.

Find “Mentions” in the privacy settings. Credit: screenshot: instagram

6. Choose whether to allow mentions of everyone, only people you follow or nobody.

Having this set on “Everyone” will cause you to be notified when someone “mentions” you on Instagram, like, for example, if someone tags you in a comment section.

How to report an account

1. Go to the account you want to report.

2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of their profile.

3. Tap “Report”.

Touch "Report" after touching the three dots in the upper right corner of the profile.

Tap “Report” after tapping the three dots in the top right corner of the profile. Credit: screenshot: instagram

4. Tap “Report Account”.

5. Tap the reason you are reporting your account and complete the steps below depending on the option you choose.

6. If you choose “He’s posting content that shouldn’t be on Instagram”, selecting an option from the list below could send the report instantly.

How to make your account private

Steps 1—4

5. At the top of the Privacy menu, tap the switch next to “Private Account” to turn it on or off.

6. You may see a popup telling you what switching to a private account entails. After reading it, tap “Switch Private” to make your account private.

Turn on the switch "Private account" at the top of the privacy settings, then tap "Switch to private".

Turn on the “Private Account” switch at the top of the privacy settings, then tap “Switch to Private”. Credit: screenshot: instagram

As the popup message says, switching to a private account will cause that only your followers can see your posts. It not change who can message, tag, or speak.

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