How to Turn On End to End Encryption in Instagram

Privacy while messaging is a major concern for all of us. Are you also worried about your data being stolen from an Instagram chat? But, don’t be concerned! Instagram provides a high-security feature to encrypt your chat information. This encryption technology thus plays the role of a strong wall that protects messages from being read by the third person. This guide will explain how to turn on end-to-end encryption on Instagram.

How to Turn On End to End Encryption in Instagram

How to Turn on End to End Encryption on Instagram

Instagram provides end-to-end encryption to the direct messaging feature allowing people to share their confidential chats and have it encrypted. Only the messenger users have the keys to decrypt the message. This message becomes unreadable to anyone, including Instagram. You can apply this feature to your messages by following simple steps. Let’s delve into the process.

Option 1: For New Group Chats

Instagram allows you to create a chat group with an encrypted messaging feature. Only the group members can access the conversation, no third parties can decrypt the chat. You can have private discussions with friends or family with the secured feature. 

  1. Open Instagram and go to Messenger by tapping its icon.
  2. Now, tap the New Message icon and toggle on the Lock Icon.
  3. Select the people for the group. You can choose only those who have access to this feature.
  4. Finally, tap Create Group Chat.

Toggle on the Lock icon

Option 2: For Existing Chats

You can also activate this attribute for the existing chats. Here’s how you can make your Instagram messages private and secure.

  1. Open your Instagram profile and go to messages by tapping the Messenger icon.
  2. Select the chat you want to encrypt for the future.
  3. Tap on the sender’s name and tap Privacy and Safety.
  4. Finally, tap on Use end-to-end encryption.

After this, you are redirected to a new encrypted chat with the person.

Tap Use end-to-end encryption

How to Turn On Secure Storage For End-to-end Encrypted Messages

Secure Storage is a service provided by Instagram to store your encrypted chats. You can access your messages from any other device whenever you log in to your Instagram account. Usually, Secure storage is turned off, however, you can turn it on then and now by the following steps.

  1. Navigate to your Instagram account and tap the profile icon at the bottom right.
  2. Tap the three bars and tap the Settings option (cogwheel icon).
  3. Locate How others can interact with you.
  4. Under the Messages and Story replies, tap on Turn on secure storage.
  5. Generate a PIN by following the instructions on-screen. Save this PIN for future use.

Tap Turn on secure storage

How to Download E2E Message Data

You can download encrypted data only on a desktop if you have turned secure storage on. It includes your messages, images, or other media attached to the chat. For this

  1. Click the three bars in the left panel and click Your Activity.
  2. Click Download end-to-end encrypted data, then click Next.
  3. Enter the PIN you generated while turning on the Secure storage.
  4. Type your Instagram password and click Request Download.

Your data will start downloading in the browser.

Click Request Download

Also Read: How to Accept Collaboration Request on Instagram

End-to-end encryption allows Instagram users to have more private conversations, assured of the robust protection of their data.

We hope our guide helps you turn on the end-to-end encryption in Instagram easily. Let us know about your questions and advice, if any, in the comments area below. Stay tuned to TechCult for more informational guides. Happy chatting on Instagram!

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