Many a time you have experienced suggestions that appear as “Suggested for you” on your Instagram.
If you have just a few people or someone has followed you then you should know that your account will get attention from certain people and this is because your account will be suggested to the other people connected with the person.
More often, you would be feeling annoyed that your account has been suggested to other related people and you will get follow requests.
To stop your account from being suggested on Instagram, you can remove your phone number and disconnect Facebook from your Instagram account. By doing this, people having your phone number saved on their phone would not get your profile suggested on Instagram. Also disconnecting Facebook does not show your profile to Facebook friends who are on Instagram.
Apart from this, either you can switch your account to a professional account, where you won’t come across such suggestions or the best make your account a private account, so to reach you they have to first send a request and whether to accept or reject, you decide later on.
In this article, you will get the detailed steps that you can follow in order to stop Instagram from suggesting your profile to someone else.
How to Avoid Getting Suggested to other People?
You can do two things:
- Switch to Professional Account.
- Enable Private Account Option.
Switch to Professional Account:
Professional accounts do not get such ‘Suggested for you’ hints on their Instagram. Because, a professional account simply means an open account, anyone, and everyone has access to see the profile without a need of sending a follow request.
Hence, switching to professional accounts will save you from being suggested.
Follow the steps:
Step 1: Open your Instagram account.
Step 2: Tap on the Profile icon and then tap on three horizontal lines at the top right corner.
Step 3: Now, tap on the “Settings” option from the list.
Step 4: There, scroll down till last and hit on “Switch to professional account” option.
Step 5: Tap on continue to reach the end.
If anyone does not want to make his/her Instagram profile professional as everyone wishes to keep themselves private and safe with friends close friends only.
Nothing to worry about, as the next part is for you.
It is true, Instagram is a personal space and not a good option to make it professional unless do not have a solid reason.
Enable Private Account:
Enabling the private account option is the easiest solution to make your profile less suggested to others. If still, someone finds your profile, they won’t be able to see your posts or stories, unless you accept them onto your account.
To enable private account option:
Step 1: Open your Instagram account and go to the “Settings” menu.
Step 2: Roll and find the “Privacy” option. Tap & open.
Step 3: On the top itself, you will see the “Private Account”, toggle and enable it.
Stop Your Account from being Suggested on Instagram:
There are a few methods that you can try in order to stop the suggestions on Instagram.
Let’s see the detailed steps below:
1. Disable the Phone Number on Account
If you remove your Phone number from your Instagram account, then the people who have saved your number on their device won’t find you even if they activate “Connect Contacts”.
Follow the steps to disable the phone number:
Step 1: Open your Instagram Account.
Step 2: Go to the Profile page, by clicking on the “profile icon”, on the right bottom corner.
Step 3: Now, tap on the “Edit Profile” option.
Step 4: Next, hit the “Personal information settings”, at the last.
Step 5: Your phone number will be the second one down, remove it, and you are done✓.
Remember, once you remove your phone number from your account you won’t be able to have two-factor authentication by text SMS. Now you need to add your email to your Instagram account & verify it.
2. Delink Instagram from Facebook
If you delink your Instagram from your Facebook, your profile would not appear on those people who are added as your friends on Facebook. Not even when they have linked their Instagram with Facebook.
Steps to de-link Instagram from Facebook:
Step 1: Open your Instagram account.
Step 2: Tap on the Profile Icon at the bottom right side.
Step 3: Then hit the “Hamburger” menu [Three Horizontal lines] located in the upper-right corner of your profile page.
Step 4: Select the “Settings” option.
Step 5: On the Settings list, come down to the last option: “Accounts Center”, and open it.
Step 6: Next, tap on the “Accounts & Profiles”, then “Facebook”.
Step 7: At last, tap on the “Remove from Accounts Center” option.
There you go, no more Facebook friends on Instagram suggestion.
How to Prevent Follow Suggestions?
Unfortunately, Instagram does not offer the option to Uncheck the similar accounts suggestions on the Instagram app version.
To prevent the “follow suggestions”, one has to either open Instagram on a mobile browser or a PC. On the browser version, you can easily disable the similar account suggestion option.
1. From Mobile:
Go through the steps written below, to “Uncheck the similar accounts suggestions”, using a mobile browser:
Step 1: Open the mobile browser on your phone and in the Search box, type in www.instagram.com and press “Enter”.
Step 2: Enter your username & password, then tap on “Login”.
Step 3: At first, tap on “Profile Icon” and open “Edit Profile” option.
Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom, you will find the “Similar account suggestions”. Uncheck the tick box.
Step 5: And, lastly, tap on the “Submit” button.
2. From PC
To disable this feature using your PC, follow the steps:
Step 1: Open Google or Chrome browser on your PC.
Step 2: Type and search for the official website of Instagram, www.instagram.com, and press the “Search icon”.
Step 3: Enter your login details and open your account.
If you’re registered for the two-factor authentication, then you have to first give the security code. The code will be sent to your mobile number before at the time of logging in.
Step 4: Once open, go to your profile page.
Step 5: Select and click on “Edit Profile”.
Step 6: Next, find the option that shows similar account suggestions option as ‘Include your account when recommending similar accounts that people might want to follow’. Uncheck the tick box.
Step 7: And at the end, click on “Submit”.
The Bottom Lines:
This article explained the different methods that you can try in order to stop your profile from suggesting to other people. Not only these, using these steps you can even protect your account from revealing its stuff to other people.
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