How to Turn Off Comments on Instagram in 2021

How to Turn Off Comments on Instagram in 2021

Thanks to a community of over 1 billion monthly active users, we can safely say that Instagram is one of the most important social media platforms for businesses. However, managing all the comments you receive isn’t always easy, especially when your follower list is extensive and engagement is high. 

In Instagram’s everyday reality, it is vital to know how to hide or disable comments full of insults, spam, and negative emotions and thus avoid the risk of escalating hate.

Instagram offers a few features that allow you to manage comments more efficiently. In the article below, we will present you with the ones that pertain to disabling comments.

Although the Instagram app created these tools for accounts with many followers and numerous incoming comments, anyone can easily use them to manage their online community. Let’s dive in!

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How to disable comments on Instagram

The application does not allow you to disable all comments and thus prevent commenting on all Instagram posts. So if you want to disable comments on Instagram, you will have to do this manually for each post. That can be done in two ways: 

  1. While publishing a post or 
  2. For an already existing Instagram post

How to turn off comments on your Instagram post while publishing

Below we outline the simple steps you need to follow to disable comments on your post before sharing it with the world.

  • Open Instagram, create a new post, add filters or edit content, then click “Next”
  • Before clicking “Share”, click “Advanced Settings” at the bottom of the screen
  • In the advanced settings, select the “Turn Off Commenting” slider
  • After turning comments off, click “Share”, and it’s done!

For this particular post, commenting has been effectively disabled:

How to turn off comments on your Instagram post while publishing
How to turn off comments on your Instagram post while publishing

How to turn off comments for an already published Instagram post

If you’re having trouble with comments on a photo or video you’ve already posted and shared online, don’t worry. You can also disable comments on existing posts. Here’s how:

  • Open Instagram and go to the post for which you want to disable comments
  • Tap the drop-down menu symbol in the upper right corner (three horizontal dots)
  • Select “Turn off commenting” from the menu that appears on the screen

After deactivating comments for a given post, you can always go back to the menu and enable commenting again.

How to turn off comments for an already published Instagram post
How to turn off comments for an already published Instagram post

How to block comments on Instagram containing offensive comments

Instagram has various tools to combat messages and comments full of hate. Unfortunately, not many people know about them. The social network offers a keyword filtering system that automatically blocks any comments that may contain words that are considered incorrect or offensive. 

The tool has a predefined list of prohibited words by default. If someone posts a comment on your profile containing one of these phrases, the application will automatically delete it. Usually, this option is enabled by default. However, you can also manage it.

  • Go to your profile
  • Tap the settings wheel that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen
  • In the privacy settings, select “Comments”
  • Tick the slider button to activate the option “Hide Offensive Comments”
How to block comments on Instagram containing offensive comments
How to block comments on Instagram containing offensive comments

How to hide comments on Instagram that contain offensive content

It is also possible to face a situation where offensive comments containing words or phrases that the application did not include in its filter will appear on your profile. 

In this case, Instagram allows users to indicate specific keywords, the appearance of which will automatically delete the comment. You can activate this feature very quickly:

  • Go to your profile
  • Tap the settings wheel that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen
  • Go to comment settings
  • Activate “Manual filter”
  • Add the words you want to block in the “Custom Keywords” section

Upon activation, Instagram will block words that you have identified as offensive. You can change or supplement this list at any time with new terms that will affect the visibility of comments under the posts.

How to disable comments on Instagram automatically
How to hide comments on Instagram that contain offensive content

If you’d like to use a similar, yet more advanced feature of this kind, check out NapoleonCat’s Auto-moderation. It works for organic posts and Instagram ads as well. But more on that later.

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How to turn off comments on Instagram live

The essence of live streaming lies in maintaining contact with users who, during the broadcast, can send comments that are published live to other participants. 

However, sometimes, you may wish to disable comments on this live feed for various reasons. So if you would like to turn the commenting option during Instagram live off, you should follow these steps:

  • After opening Instagram and logging into your account, tap the camera icon in the upper left corner
  • At the bottom of the screen, slide your finger between the camera options (Normal, Create, Boomerang, etc.) until you find “Live” 
  • Make sure the Live option is centered under the circular capture button
  • Press the circular capture button to start your live broadcast
  • At the bottom of the screen, tap the three vertical dots next to the comment field
  • Select “Turn-off Commenting”

Once you disable comments, people who view your Instagram live will not be able to post comments, but neither will you be able to see them.

How to turn off comments on Instagram live
How to turn off comments on Instagram live

Can you turn off comments on Instagram live as a viewer?

As a viewer, it may not be very convenient to see another user’s Instagram live with comments popping up all over the place. Unfortunately, viewers cannot turn off commenting on Instagram live, but until recently, every viewer could hide comments that appeared on their screen. There is a solution for this, but the process of hiding comments has become much more complicated:

  • Install IG Stories for Instagram extension in Chrome
  • Log in to Instagram with your username and password
  • Click the video you want to watch. A new tab will open
  • Click “Hide Comments” at the top right of the screen

How to hide comments on Instagram using NapoleonCat

First of all, Instagram doesn’t allow you to easily hide individual comments under your posts. With NapoleonCat, you can do that with just one click.

The Social Inbox is a simple dashboard where you can manage all of your comments and messages from Instagram, even from multiple accounts – all in one view. Hiding comments on Instagram merely requires a click:

How to hide comments on Instagram with NapoleonCat
How to hide comments on Instagram with NapoleonCat

How about automating comment moderation on Instagram?

With NapoleonCat’s Auto-moderation feature, you can make your life easier and automatically hide or delete comments based on specific keywords that you define. The feature works both for organic posts and Instagram ads as well.

So, you can use Auto-moderation to create various “rules”, and each rule is responsible for a different automatic reaction on your Instagram profile.

You simply need to name your rule, choose the Instagram account you want it to work for, choose the trigger (e.g., organic comments), and define the keywords that will trigger the rule.

After that, you only need to select the action that the rule will take, e.g., hiding comments. Alternatively, you can set the rule to delete comments or automatically reply to them (you can set multiple reply templates).

How to disable comments on Instagram - NapoleonCat's Automoderation
Creating an automatic rule that will hide offensive comments on Instagram.

Additionally, you can set the rule to work only during specific days and hours.

How to disable comments on Instagram - NapoleonCat's Automoderation
Rule schedule and email notifications features.

And that’s it! Creating an Auto-moderation rule is really simple and will only take you a few moments. And you can create as many rules as you’d like!

Once a rule is triggered, you will get an automatic email notification with the link to the post it worked for.

Using this protective shield against spam, hate speech, and inappropriate comments will keep your comments section clean – the rules are triggered instantly.

The next step is yours – start your free 2-week trial and see how much time you can save with NapoleonCat. No credit card required.

The customer service team is really happy that it is so easy to navigate, easy to find and respond to comments, and you can easily hide comments when necessary.
Kathleen Belleza
Social Media & Design, VPA Australia

Disabling comments on Instagram – FAQs

Can I disable commenting for all published posts?

Unfortunately, you cannot automatically disable every comment on your Instagram. However, you can turn off comments on individual posts.

How can I disable comments on Instagram? 

You can disable commenting on posts only while publishing by going to the advanced settings section or after publishing a post by clicking on the drop-down menu symbol and selecting “Turn-off commenting”.

Is it possible to turn off comments while watching someone’s Instagram live on the phone?

This feature has been disabled. Currently, you can only disable comments when watching the broadcast on your computer using the Chrome browser after installing the IG Stories for an Instagram extension.

What comment control can I apply to deal with offensive comments?

You can enable automatic filtering of offensive phrases by launching the “Hide offensive comments” option. You can also turn on the “Manual Filter” option, thanks to which you will be able to add keywords that will automatically eliminate comments containing a given phrase. For more advanced filtering options, check out NapoleonCat’s Auto-moderation.

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