Stop Spam on Instagram Stop Spam on Instagram - Android vs iOS

Edited by Chris Stipe, Eng, Maria Quinney

Although Instagram is a great platform in which you can share high-quality content, just like other social media platforms, you've probably seen your fair share of spam content too. But what if there was a way to stop spam on Instagram? Wouldn't you like to take control of the content you see without your user experience being ruined by spam? With this guide, you can.

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First though, why are you are even seeing spam you ask?

Well, unfortunately, there are Instagram accounts which are spam accounts that post spam comments, spam images and even spam other people's content as well as tags. These pesky accounts are known as spambots.

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Did you know that there are potentially 24 million fake Instagram accounts? That's just insane!

With that being said, are you ready to stop having your Instagram experience ruined by these pesky spambots? And ready to get rid of Instaspam? Well, the good news is there are a couple of ways you can deal with spammers as well as the inappropriate followers on Instagram and start enjoying your experience once again.

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Although doing this process can be time-consuming, it's one of the best methods for cleaning up your Instagram account. Ready to dive in? Here's how to stop spam on Instagram for Android devices:

Method 1: Stop Spam on Instagram - Android

Report Spam Photos/Images on Instagram

Do you get either inappropriate posts of photos/images on your Instagram feed or spam, also known as Instaspam? Well if you do, you can report it and begin to take back control of what you see on your Instagram feed. Thereby making your experience more enjoyable and not ruined by all the spambots.

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  1. 1
    Locate and tap on the Instagram icon to open your Instagram app.
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    Scroll through your news feed until you see the photo/image post that you feel is spam or inappropriate.
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    Near the top right of the post, tap on the 3 dots.
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    In the little pop-up window that opens, tap on "Report...".
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    From here you will get two options, "It's spam" or "It's inappropriate". Tap on the one that you feel best fits the post in question.
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    You're done! That's all there is to it. Simply repeat this process anytime.
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Report Spam Comments on Instagram

Do you happen to notice spam comments on certain posts/images that you have uploaded on your Instagram account? Don't fear because there is a way to delete a comment, while also reporting it as spam. This process is easy to do, just follow along with the steps below to learn how.

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    Open up your Instagram app by tapping on the Instagram icon.
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    Tap on the Profile icon near the bottom right area of the screen.
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    Go to the selected post/image in question with a spam or inappropriate comment on it and tap on that image to load that post.
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    Tap on View all comment/s. There will be a space in between view all and comment that has a number that represents how many comments are on this current post.
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    Scroll through until you see the comment you believe to be spam or inappropriate.
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    Tap on the selected comment (the background should change color). Tap on that same comment to deselect it.
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    From here you will have two options.
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    The first is to tap the "Exclamation" mark icon, which is to report the comment you tapped on.
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    You will be given two options here as well, either tap on "Spam or Scam" or "Abusive Content". This selection is entirely up to you on which you decide to select.
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    The next icon (once you tap on a comment) is the comment delete option (looks like a trash can).
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    Tap the trash can to delete the comment. There will be a brief few seconds where near the top of the screen you can undo the delete of a comment by tapping on undo.
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Report Spam Accounts on Instagram

Similar to the process of reporting and deleting comments on posts, and also similar to reporting posts made by others, you can do the same action for an Instagram account. So if you believe an account is one of those pesky spambots or continues to post inappropriate content or even if you want to report someone's account that is following you, here's how you can report their account.

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  1. 1
    Locate and tap on the Instagram icon to open your Instagram app.
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    Whether you are in your news feed, or on your own posts, tap on the account's profile picture.
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    1. If you want to do this with someone that is following you because you believe their account to be fake, tap on the "Heart" icon.
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    2. Tap on the account's profile picture.
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    This will bring you to the account's profile.
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    Tap on the 3 dots near the top right-hand area of the screen.
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    Tap on "Report..." You can also choose to block the user if you want to as well.
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    From here you will be given two choices to reporting a profile.
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    Tap on either "It's spam" or "It's inappropriate". Use your best judgment in deciding on which choice best represents the account in question.
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    Presto! You're done.
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Report Spam Comments on Other People's Posts on Instagram

Not only are you able to report comments on your own posts/images on Instagram, but you can also report comments as spam on friend's/follower's posts as well. Here's how to do that:

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    Open your Instagram app by tapping on the Instagram icon.
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    Scroll through your news feed until you come to a post that you want to check the comments on. You can also do this any other time when you need to.
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    Underneath the post, tap on "View all comments." There will be a number in between all and comments that can vary of course in what the number will be.
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    Locate the comment you believe to be spam or abusive content.
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    Tap on the comment (the background color surrounding the comment should change color). Tap the same comment to deselect it.
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    Tap on the exclamation mark.
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    You will be given two options, either tap on "Spam or Scam" or "Abusive Content". Use your best judgment when making your choice.
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    That's it. You're done. Repeat this process at anytime you see spam or abusive content comments.
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Even in following all of these methods, this won't completely remove all of the spam or spam accounts that you see on Instagram. This is one drawback of being connected online today, spam is just an annoying part of that. But as discussed in the methods above, there are some ways to at least going about combating some of that unnecessary spam.

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If you are truly worried about receiving any type of spam, don't want to get spammer account friend requests, you are left with one of two options, and that is to either stop spam through using the "Comments" setting or make your account private.

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Stop Spam on Instagram Through Comment's Setting

Without having to make your account private (which is the next process in this guide), there is a way that you can stop spam comments from appearing on your Instagram posts, and that's through one of the options in the settings of Instagram called "Comments". The "Comments" setting allows you to hide comments that contain words or phrases often reported as offensive.

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  1. 1
    Open your Instagram app by tapping on it.
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    Once inside your Instagram account, tap on the profile person at the bottom right of the screen.
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    Next, tap on the "Options" menu (which on Android looks like three little dots).
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    Inside the options panel, scroll down to the link "Comments" and tap on it.
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    Tap on the slider beside "Hide Inappropriate Comments" to turn on this setting.
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    Inside the box underneath "Custom Keywords" is where you can tap on to bring up your on-screen keyboard and type frequently used spam words into it.
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    Once you have typed in the words, you can tap on the "Save" icon (looks like a check mark).
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    Don't know what words to add? Not to worry, here are some examples of Instagram spam that you can use as a starting point to add to your list.  
      • followforfollow
      • follow4follow
      • followme
      • likeforlike
      • freefollowers
      • getmorefollowers
      • getmorelikes
      • checkmypage
      • follome
      • wantfollowers
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Set Your Account to Private

Please note: Making your account private will stop your images showing up to others with hashtags and will also stop you from gaining more followers. Please proceed on to the next step if you wish to make your account private.

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While making your account private stops images from showing up to others with hashtags and stopping you from gaining more followers, you do have the option of at least choosing who you want to share the image/post with (from within you current followers).

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  1. 1
    Open the Instagram app by tapping on it.
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    Tap on the profile person icon in the bottom right area of your screen.
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    Tap on the "Options" menu (on Android this looks like three little dots).
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    Scroll down and find the "Private Account" option.
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    Tap on the "Slider" to turn your account into a "Private Account".
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    Read the little pop-up window "Change to Private account?" and tap on the "OK" button.
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    You have now made your account private, to make your account public again, tap on the slider beside the "Private Account" link to turn it off.
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Method 2: Stop Spam on Instagram - iOS

Regardless if you use an Android device, or an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, even if you are using an Apple device, your bound to have seen tons of spam on your Instagram account. Don't you worry though, because even on your iOS device, we got you covered too.

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Here's how to stop spam on Instagram if you're using an Apple device:

Report Spam Photos/Images on Instagram

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    Tap on the Instagram icon to load the Instagram app.
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    Scroll through your news feed until you find the post that you believe to be spam or inappropriate.
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    Tap on the 3 dots above the upper ride side of the post.
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    When the pop-up options appear, tap on the "Report" link.
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    From here, you can either tap on "It's Spam" or "It's Inappropriate". Pick the choice that you feel best suits the post that you are reporting.
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    That's all there is to it! Repeat this process as necessary for each post you wish to report as spam or inappropriate.
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Report Spam Comments on Instagram

Whether you're using an Android or Apple phone, because of how Instagram works, both Android and Apple users will always see spam because of the nature of being connected online. However, if you happen to notice spam comments on certain posts/images that you have uploaded to your Instagram account from your iPhone or iPad, you don't have to fear about seeing them for long.

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Why is that you ask? It's simple. There is a straightforward way to delete a comment, while also reporting that comment as spam. How? You ask. All you need to do is follow along with the steps below to learn how to stop spam comments on Instagram.

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    Tap on the Instagram icon to load the Instagram app.
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    Tap on the profile icon to the right bottom area of the screen.
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    Scroll through (if needed) to the post that you believe has a comment on it that is spam.
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    Tap on the post.
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    Underneath the post, tap on "View all comments".
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    Locate the comment you want to report as spam or abusive content.
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    Swipe your finger to the left on the comment to bring up the reporting options.
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    Tap on the "Exclamation" mark.
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    In the "Why are you reporting this comment?" pop-up window, you will have the choice of tapping either "Spam or Scam" or "Abusive Content". Tap on the choice that you feel best matches the comment in question.
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    To delete the comment, swipe your finger left and tap on the "Trash can" icon.
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    Repeat this process anytime you want to report a comment as spam or abusive.
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Report Spam Accounts on Instagram

Similar to the process of reporting and deleting comments on posts, as well as reporting photos/images posts by others (like we did in the steps before), you can also report an Instagram account as being a spammer account.

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    Locate the Instagram icon and tap on it to load the Instagram app.
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    Tap on the profile image for the Instagram account you want to report as spam. You can tap on a profile image to access that profile's account anywhere in Instagram whether your scrolling through your news feed, going to your own page/posts or clicking on the profile image beside someone that is following you in the notification page (the heart icon).  
    1. Tap on the Heart" icon.
    2. Tap on the profile image of someone that is following you who you believe is a spammer.
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    This will bring you to the Instagram account's profile page.
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    Tap on the "Three dots".
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    Tap on "Report" at the top of the pop-up options. You can also choose if you want to block this user by selecting the "Block" option.
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    You will be given two options to either choose "It's Spam" or "It's Inappropriate" in the next pop-up window for the Instagram profile. The choice is left up to your judgment.
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    Repeat the process with any other profile that you suspect is a fake account or spam account.
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Report Spam Comments on Other People's Posts on Instagram

Not only are you able to report comments on your own posts/images on Instagram, but you can also report comments as spam on friend's/follower's posts as well. Here's how to do that:

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    To load the Instagram app, locate and tap on the Instagram icon.
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    Scroll down through the posts and decide on a post that you want to view the comments on.
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    Tap on "View all comments".
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    Read through and locate the comment you believe to be spam and swipe your finger on the comment to the left.
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    Tap on the "Exclamation mark".
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    Tap on either the "Spam or Scam" option or "Abusive Content" option, depending on the choice that makes the most sense for the comment in question.
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    Repeat the process with any other comments you see on other people's posts and stop the Instaspam.
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Even in following all of these methods, this won't completely remove all of the spam or spam accounts. This is one drawback of being connected online today, spam is just an annoying part of that. But as discussed in the methods above, there are some ways to at least going about combating some of that unnecessary spam.

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If you are truly worried about receiving any type of spam, don't want to get spammer account friend requests, you are left with one of two options, and that is to either stop spam on Instagram through the "Comments" setting or make your account private.

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Stop spam on Instagram Through Comment's Setting

Without having to make your account private (which is the next process in this guide), there is a way that you can stop spam comments from appearing on your Instagram posts, and that's through one of the options in the settings of Instagram called "Comments". The "Comments" setting allows you to hide comments that contain words or phrases often reported as offensive.

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  1. 1
    Locate your Instagram app icon and tap on it to load Instagram.
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    Tap on the profile icon in the bottom right hand area of the screen.
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    Tap on the gear icon.
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    This will bring you to the "Options" menu selections.
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    Scroll down and tap on the "Comments" link.
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    To activate this feature, tap on the slider beside "Hide Inappropriate Comments".
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    Tap the box underneath "Custom Keywords" to bring up the on-screen keyboard.
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    Type in each of the words you wish to add as spam or inappropriate words.
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    Don't have a list? Not to worry! Here is an example of an Instagram spam list that I started that you can use as a starting point.  
      • followforfollow
      • follow4follow
      • followme
      • likeforlike
      • freefollowers
      • getmorefollowers
      • getmorelikes
      • checkmypage
      • follome
      • wantfollowers
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    Tap on the "Done" button once complete.
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    That's all. Your finished this part. You can always come back here to add more words as you build your Instaspam list or remove one's if you feel they are no longer spam or inappropriate words for you.
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    To turn this feature off, hit the slider beside "Hide Inappropriate Comments".
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Set Your Account to Private

Again, please note: Making your account private will stop your images showing up to others with hashtags and will also stop you from gaining more followers. Please proceed on if you wish to make your account private.

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While making your account private stops images from showing up to others with hashtags and stopping you from gaining more followers, you do have the option of at least choosing who you want to share the image/post with (from within you current followers).

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Here's how to make your account private on iOS:

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    Locate and tap on the Instagram icon to load the Instagram app.
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    Tap on the profile icon in the bottom right area of the screen.
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    Tap on the gear icon.
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    You will now be in the "Options" menu with a bunch of selections.
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    Scroll down and look for "Private Account" with a slider beside it.
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    Tap on the slider to make your account private. Before doing so, please read the little bit of text underneath "Private Account".
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    Your account is now private.
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    To make your account public again, tap on the slider.
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    You will be greeted with this "Change Privacy" pop up message.
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    If you want to make your account public again, tap the "OK" button.
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You can always make your account public again by repeating the steps in this process if you ever feel that keeping your account is too much of a hassle for you. Or of course, if you want people to see your posts from hashtags and gain new followers.

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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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