Instagram, which is an American photo and video sharing social networking service has been famous for quite a long time now. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Facebook acquired the service in April 2012 in cash and stock.
Instagram allows users to upload photos and media edited with filters and organized by hashtags. After brushing up a bit about what Instagram is now we will talk about something interesting in this blog.
It may happen sometimes that you post a photo or a video on Instagram but you don’t want some people to see it. Most Instagram users frequently ask “how to hide posts on Instagram?”One can make changes in the settings to hide Instagram posts and stories as there is no straight way for doing so on Instagram.
- Open the Instagram app
- Enter your login information.If you do not have any existing account,you can create one account by clicking sign up.
- In the next step click on the user icon in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the three straight line button at the top right of the screen.
- Next step is to click the settings on the bottom of the side menu.
- Now you will have to select close friends.
- Now you will have to enter a friend’s username and press the Add button next to their name. This will automatically add that person to your close friend’s list.
- Now simply take a photo or video for your Instagram story or post.
- Next tap send to.
- Now tap “close friend’s only” and share your post with the users whom you have added to your close friend’s list.
Instagram doesn’t allow its user to hide the Instagram account from certain followers. But through these ways, tone can hide his or her Instagram posts from certain followers.
Changing your account to a private one.
Changing your Instagram account to a private one is a very good and useful method for hiding Instagram posts. Your account will not be public in this case and people will need to send you a friend request to see your posts. Suppose you know a person and you actually don’t want to share your Instagram posts with them, you can easily reject their follow requests.
However, this particular method works only when the person is not on your followers’ list. But if the person is already there in your follower’s list then you need to follow any one of the above-mentioned tricks that we talk about.
Blocking the intended follower.
Another effective way to hide posts from certain followers is to block them. Whenever you block a person who is following you on Instagram, Instagram will automatically stop them from doing so. If your account was a public one, those people whom you have blocked still would not be able to see your posts or stories even if they were not on your follower’s list.
Another way to hide posts on Instagram is by archiving them. If you archive a post on your Instagram account, that post will not be shown to your followers.
People will not be able to see those posts and they will also not know that these posts exist. But the fact is that when you archive any post, you are actually hiding it from all your followers. How to archive a post on Instagram:-
- Go to your Instagram account.
- Click on the intended photo or video.
- Click on the three dots icon on the top right side of your post.
- Finally click on the “Archive” button and your post will be hidden.
You can also unarchive all the posts from your Instagram account whenever you want.
How to hide your Instagram stories?
Apart from the posts shared on the feed, Instagram also allows its users to hide stories from certain followers. For hiding your Instagram stories from people you can straightaway block them just like you did earlier for hiding posts.
Moreover, when you will change your privacy status to private, people who only follow you can see your stories. But below we will discuss two direct ways for hiding Instagram stories from certain followers.
- Open the Instagram app and go to your account.
- At the top of the screen, there is a three-line icon.
- Tap on that.
- Next tap on settings.
- Then click on “privacy” and select “story”.
- On the following page,you can easily add people by clicking on “hide story from” and then select the people you want.
Now some of the followers cannot see what you have shared on your Instagram Story or in your posts.
How to make a close friends list?
If you want to hide posts from certain followers, then creating a “close friends list” is very important. Verge said in June 2017 that Instagram is testing a new feature and after 18 months from that announced that the feature had been released already and people can use it.
This feature is the “close friends list” and it will help people to share their stories and posts with people they want. People in not included in your “close friends list” then certain people cannot see what you have shared.
Steps you need to follow are:-
- Open the Instagram app on your mobile.
- Click on the three lines icon on the top right of the screen.
- Next tap on “Close Friends”.
- Select the intended followers and then click on Add.
After this when you will share a story or post, you can directly share it with only your close friends.
Wrapping it up, we can say that it will be a better option to follow these above-mentioned methods to hide posts and stories from certain followers than to hide Instagram accounts from certain followers. This way one can use Instagram freely as per his or her preference.