Has your frustration level skyrocketed in recent months as a result of endless Instagram message requests? In this case, you are not alone. Here’s how to avoid being spammed and put an end to the problem for good.
Instagram has been making me insane with its numerous news feed requests over the last few weeks. It seems that messages are being sent to groups of Instagrammers at random, and most of the time, clicking on these messages leads to questionable links, which are frequently phishing pages, sex deals, and other websites with which you should not interact unless you want your digital identity to be compromised.
I am confident that you are aware of the risks of clicking on such links. And, unless you have a really high tolerance level, I’m sure you’re disturbed by the relentless barrage of spam, which is why we’ve compiled a list of ways to avoid it. There are three choices, the third of which necessitates the use of a professional Instagram account:
• Make your profile secure • Switch off chat alerts • Turn off community invitations (Pro account)
Solution: 1: Set profile to private
The first alternative is clear, although it is unlikely to be available in most situations. You may simply change your profile setting from public to private. The issue is that the more popular your account is, combined with the use of popular hashtags to pique the attention of potential followers, the higher the incoming spam rate would be.
To summarize, accounts with a small number of friends will not be bombarded with spam requests in the first place, and only accounts that receive a lot of irritating requests will want to engage their followers in the first place in the hopes of growing their following – so skipping hashtags or making your profile private won’t help you in the end.
Solution 2: Deactivate notifications for chat requests
If you start with notifications, it will be more powerful. This is possible with any Instagram profile and can be completed in a matter of minutes if you know your way around Instagram’s settings. This solution will prevent you from getting those annoying alerts, but you will still see a note in the overview informing you of chat requests. The queries, on the other hand, are no longer visible.
1.Go to your Settings first. To do so, go to your Instagram profile and tap the icon in the top right corner that looks like three horizontal lines.
2.Choose Notifications from the drop-down menu.
3.”Direct Messages” will be available there. Choose it.
4.When you click the “Off” radio button, you’ll see the option to turn off community request notifications.
5.This should stop you from receiving alerts if you are bombarded with community requests.
Solution 3: Prevent group invitations (requires a Pro account
You have much more versatility in your settings if you have a Pro account that caters exclusively to creators or businesses. In the battle against spam, Facebook/Instagram is currently working on a way to give every Instagram user new settings choices. You could use this professional account option as a private Instagram user before that happens. Instagram does not intend for it to be so, but it is, to say the least, successful.
Switching to a Professional account has no drawbacks, and you can still go back to your “old” profile if you like. The key difference is that you can promote your own posts and you have more power over the settings.
• Go to Settings and then Account.
You’ll find the choices to Move to Professional Account or Add New Professional Account if you scroll all the way down. Choose the one that appeals to you the most.
As you become more acquainted with the distinctions between Professional and Private accounts, you will be given a brief overview of the differences. After that, go back to Settings and choose Privacy from the drop-down menu.
You’ll be met with new choices after choosing Messages. You can configure message requests from here, but we’re more interested in the second choice. You can choose who you want to add to your groups using this form. Since the default setting allows anyone to add you to groups, we recommend choosing Only People You Follow. Strangers will no longer be able to link you to irritating spam groups as a result of this.
As previously reported, Instagram is expected to include additional functionality in the future that will allow you to better control your settings and avoid spam in a more secure manner. However, it could be some time before that happens, so for the time being, these are your options. You can also move back to the private account at any time.