How to Turn off Discover Friends on Instagram

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    Muhid Suleman

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    Muhid Suleman, An expert writer from Pureprivacy's content team, Dedicate to make data privacy simple and accessible for you. Muhid, Our Content Wizard, weaves tales about online privacy using simple and user friendly procedures. He firmly believes that online privacy is your right and a big deal in the digital jungle.

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  • 28 May 2024
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The never-ending recommendations under "Discover People" might be annoying, particularly if you're content with the people you currently follow. 

Don't worry! 

You may get back command over your feed. Let's start with how to disable Instagram Discover People so you may resume your browsing freedom.

7 Simple Steps to Turn off Discover Friends on Instagram

Discover People might help you make new friends, but it can also overcrowd your feed with recommendations that don't always match your interests. So, follow these 7 easy steps to turn off this feature.

Step 1: Open the Instagram app, then sign in using your login details.

Open the Instagram app

Step 2: Once you're on the Instagram homepage, click the icon for your profile in the lower-right corner of the screen.

click the icon for your profile

Step 3: Once you are on your profile, the "Discover People" option will appear at the top of the screen.

the "Discover People" option will appear

Step 4: You will now see an icon of a person next to the options for "Edit Profile" and "Share Profile."

Step 5: Press the icon of the person.

Step 6: You can then remove the "Discover People" option from your Instagram profile.

Step 7: You can activate the "Discover People" option by tapping on this "person icon" again.

tapping on this "person icon" again

What People Are Included in the Discover People List?

Instagram believes you may know the people who show up on your Discover People list. People in the following categories can be found on your Discover list:

You may have that account owner on your contact list. Instagram displays a user in the Discover list and recommends you follow them if they are also on your contact list.

Reddit thread about insta discover section

You and another person might follow each other and have a mutual friend. Instagram uses this to suggest the account, hoping you might connect.

Discover also recommends profiles based on your current follows. This means you might see accounts with content or interests similar to those you already follow. Location can also play a role, with Discover occasionally suggesting profiles geographically close to you.

Why is this important for privacy? 

Instagram influences your feed and prioritizes certain connections by suggesting people. To maintain control over who you see, consider turning off Discover People in your settings.

Remember: Be wary of unofficial apps or websites promising similar features for managing your Instagram experience. These might compromise your security or privacy.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Why does Instagram continue to display discover people?


    It might seem random, but there's a method behind it. These accounts are likely connected to you in some way, either through people you know, shared interests, or your activity on the app.

  • Is it possible to completely turn off Discover People suggestions?


    Regretfully, Discover People on Instagram cannot yet be fully disabled. However, you can remove them from your profile.

  • How can I control Instagram's contact syncing?


    Here’s how:
    Navigate to the Instagram profile settings.
    Search for "Account Center" or "Contacts."
    After that, you can stop Instagram from synchronizing contacts, which might have an impact on Discover People recommendations.

  • What happens to my account if I hide Discover People?


    Hiding to discover people won't harm your account. It just deletes your profile's suggested accounts section.

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Manage Instagram Discover People Suggestions!

Although Discover People on Instagram cannot be fully disabled, you can hide suggested profiles from view on your profile. 

This will remove the "Discover People" feature. To hide these recommendations, just follow the previously specified methods.