How to Add Highlights on Instagram Without Posting?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Add Highlights on Instagram Without Posting?

Posting Instagram highlights without posting is tricky but still doable. I can understand why you’d want to remain anonymous, though, so follow my precise instructions if you want to do this stealthily:

  1. Make your account private
  2. Block your followers
  3. Post the highlight in a “Close Friends” list

The first two options offer complete invisibility from prying eyes, while the third is more of a compromise. It’s up to you which to choose.

I’ll get into more details below, so be sure to check out my detailed guide!

Make Your Account Private

We’ll begin by making your account private before posting the highlights. Doing this will cover all your tracks and ensure nothing you do is made public.

Here’s how to do this:

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

With Instagram opened, tap your profile icon in the bottom-right corner and wait to be redirected to your profile page.

See below for the next steps:

2. Select the Hamburger icon

Select the Hamburger icon
Select the Hamburger icon

Once the profile page is opened, find the Hamburger icon (three-line icon) in the top-right corner and tap it. Move on to the next steps to see what’s next:

3. Tap on “Settings

Tap on "Settings"
Tap on “Settings”

The Hamburger will open a menu at the bottom of the page where you’ll see a list of options. The first is “Settings“, which is the one you need, so select it.

4. Go to “Privacy

Go to "Privacy"
Go to “Privacy

With the Instagram settings open, go to “Privacy“, the third option on the list.

5. Tap on “Private account

Tap on "Private account"
Tap on “Private account

The “Private account” option lies at the top of the “Privacy” settings page, so select it to enable Private Mode.

Good job! You’re now invisible and free to do whatever you want!

Up-next…

Block Your Followers

Just as efficient as Private Mode, blocking your followers allows you complete privacy while doing your thing. So, here’s how to do that:

1. Tap on your profile picture

Tap on your profile picture
Tap on your profile picture

With Instagram opened, open your profile page by selecting the profile icon lying in the bottom-right corner of the home page.

2. Select the Hamburger icon

Select the Hamburger icon
Select the Hamburger icon

Just like before, give the Hamburger icon a soft tap and wait for the menu to open.

3. Tap on “Settings

Tap on "Settings"
Tap on “Settings

Select “Settings” again and see which option you have to select next in the following steps:

4. Go to “Privacy

Go to "Privacy"
Go to “Privacy

The “Privacy” option, again, of course. Select it because you’ll need to be there for the next steps. Check the screenshot above if you have any issues.

5. Select “Story

Select "Story"
Select “Story

On the “Privacy” page, scroll down until you see the “Story” option. Select it and see the next steps:

6. Tap on “Hide story from

Tap on "Hide story from"
Tap on “Hide story from

The “Hide story from” option is what you need (check the screenshot above for further information). Select the “0 people” option under it, and then see what’s next:

7. Select everyone on the list

Select everyone on the list
Select everyone on the list

Once you open this page, simply mark all your friends. Doing this will hide your highlights from them, which, coincidentally, is why you’re here!

Post the highlights in a “Closed Friends” list

The final solution is to create a “Closed Friends” list before posting your highlights. This way, only those friends you select will see your highlights.

Follow the steps below to create a “Closed Friends” list:

1. Select your profile picture

Select your profile picture

Like before, while on your Instagram homepage, look in the bottom right corner for your profile picture and select it.

See what’s next below:

2. Tap on the Hamburger icon

Tap on the Hamburger icon
Tap on the Hamburger icon

Next, you should select the “Hamburger” icon, which looks like three overlapped horizontal lines. Or a hamburger, depending on the perspective.

3. Tap on “Settings

Tap on "Settings"
Tap on “Settings

Next, select “Settings” from the menu at the bottom of the screen. Like before, you’ll need to open your Instagram settings to create a “Close Friends” list.

4. Go to “Privacy

After you open your Instagram settings, find the “Privacy” option and select it (it seems like deja vu by now).

5. Select “Story

Select "Story"
Select “Story

In the “Privacy” tab, you should see several options, including “Comments“, “Hidden words“, “Limits“, “Story“, and more.

Find the “Story” option and select it!

6. Select the “Close friends” option

Select the "Close friends" option
Select the “Close friends” option

Here we are. Once you get to the “Story” page, find the “Close friends” option. Under it, you’ll see the “0 people” option. Select it and follow my next instructions:

7. Select your friends and tap “Done

Select your friends and tap "Done"
Select your friends and tap “Done

In this final step, you must select a few close friends that will see your highlights when you post them. No one else other than these friends will see your highlights, so be careful who you choose.

After selecting them, tap “Done” to save your changes, and that’s it. If you have any questions or if something doesn’t work, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll help you!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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