Making your pictures private on Instagram hides them from everyone but your approved list of followers. Private pictures do not appear in searches and cannot be viewed on your profile by someone who isn't following you. You can set your account as private from any of the Instagram mobile apps on Android, iOS or Windows Phone, but the option isn't available from Instagram's Web interface. If you change your mind, you can revert to a public account at any time.

Step 1

Launch the Instagram app on your mobile device and tap the Profile button, which resembles small contact card icon.

Step 2

Select "Edit your Profile."

Step 3

Tap the "Posts are Private" setting to activate it. Tap "Done" and confirm your decision by tapping "Yes, I'm sure."