The Instagram app is a popular way for Indians to share photos and videos with friends and family, with some 67 million of us being active users of Instagram.
Logging in to Instagram is easy if you’re already on Facebook – Facebook now owns Instagram and the two are linked, so you can log in to Instagram with your Facebook account. If you don’t have Facebook, you need to sign up to use Instagram. If safety is a concern for you, it's best not to link accounts.
Instagram allows you to add filters to photos, comment on posts, and share photos and videos with other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Safer Instagram use
Most people find Instagram fun and enjoyable to use, most of the time.
Sometimes, however, things can go wrong, and people may be subject to things like abuse, cyber stalking, having their account hacked or even image-based abuse.
Follow these tips to reduce the risk of abuse on your Instagram account.
Use strong passwords and set your privacy
Secure your account – use a strong password and don’t share it with anyone.
Strengthen your privacy settings. Set your account to private so that only people you choose can see your photos, videos and stories. Our video below shows you how to do this.
Take control of your sharing
Control who you share with:
- Make your posts private so you can approve or ignore any follow requests
- Consider sharing photos with a select few people using Instagram Direct rather than sharing with all your followers.
Control what you share:
- Which images do you want to share (how much personal information do they give away about you?) and who with? Remember you are trusting other people with your photos and videos, and anyone who has access to them can copy and share them without your knowledge.
Tip: only share photos or videos you are happy to have other people see, just in case your followers share without your knowledge.
- Take care of your safety: ask family and friends not to share your images or tag you if doing this might compromise your safety.
- Don’t be caught out by mentions – when you type ‘@ user name’ that person will be notified that you’ve mentioned them. If you want only certain people to see comments or mentions of a photo or video, use Instagram Direct instead.
- Photo map shows anyone following you where photos were taken. It’s an optional feature set to ‘off’ unless you activate it. Only activate it if you’re happy to reveal where your photos are taken (remember, this lets people know places you've visited etc).
Control how long you share for:
- Your story lets you share photos and videos with your followers that disappear after 24 hours. You can also hide your story from people you don’t want to see it.
Know how to manage abuse on Instagram:
- Know how to block users
- Know how to report a comment or post to Instagram
- Know how to filter out comments you don’t want to see. You can filter comments using a default list of keywords or, if you prefer, you can enter custom keywords that can include words, phrases, numbers or emojis.
How to videos about Instagram
What to do if things go wrong
Are you feeling unsafe now? Call the police on One Double Zero (100).
If someone is using Instagram to abuse you:
- Don’t respond to them or engage with them.
- Collect evidence of the abuse.
- Block the abuser so they no longer have access to your profile.
- Report the abuser to Instagram. Our video shows you how to do this.
If the abuser’s behavior makes you feel unsafe, you’ll need support from the police and other services.
For more information
For more information on how to have a safer Instagram experience, go to Instagram’s Help Center