How to Be Invisible on Instagram

by Khadija Anwar
3 minutes
how to be invisible on IG

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There are two effective ways to be invisible on Instagram:

  1. Turn off your Active Status
  2. Make your Account Private

Let’s walk through both methods step by step.

Related Read: How to be Invisible on Facebook?

1. Turn Off Your Active Status

Here are the steps to turn off your active status on Instagram:

Step 1:

Open the Instagram app. Tap your “Profile” icon in the bottom right corner to go to your profile.

tap on profile icon

Step 2:

Tap on the “Hamburger” three lines icon in the top right corner of your screen. Tap on “Settings” in the drop-down menu.

tap on hamburger icon

Step 3:

Scroll down settings and tap on “Privacy.”

tap on privacy

Step 4:

Tap on “Activity Status” in the privacy menu.

tap on active status

Step 5:

Toggle the switch to the left & turn off your active status.

toggle icon

That’s it! Once you turn off your active status, others won’t be able to see when you were last active on Instagram.

Remember, if you turn off your active status, you won’t be able to see when others were last active on Instagram, either.

2. Make your Account Private

Open your Instagram app and go to the settings mentioned above.

Step 1:

Once you reach Instagram Settings, tap on “Privacy.”

tap on privacy

Step 2:

Switch the toggle icon to make your Instagram account from public to private.

toggle icon

Once you’ve turned on the “Private Account,” only people, you approve as followers can see your activity. New followers will request to follow you, and you can approve or deny their requests.


Can you appear invisible on Instagram?

Yes, you can appear invisible by turning off your activity status or making your Instagram account private.

How can I read IG messages without being seen?

You can read messages from notifications or emails without going into DM.

Khadija Anwar

Meet Khadija Anwar, an accomplished tech writer with over 500 published write-ups to her name. Her impressive portfolio can be found on the ContentStudio blog, LinkedIn, and the Fiverr platform.

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