UPDATE July 24, 2020: As many of you have noticed, these instructions do not work with the “New Facebook.” I have been unable to find a way to do this now and have emailed Facebook support for assistance. Lord knows if or when I’ll hear back, but as soon as I do I’ll update this post accordingly!
You enjoy posting photos on Instagram, and sometimes you want your Instagram posts to appear on Facebook at the same time. It’s easy enough to link the two accounts to achieve this. But what if you only want a specific audience to see your Instagram posts on Facebook?
As an example, perhaps you’ve set up your Facebook privacy settings so professional contacts and coworkers don’t see future posts. Yet every time you post to Facebook from Instagram, you notice your privacy settings for who sees future posts aren’t applied.
Or, conversely, you limit your future Facebook posts to be visible only to your friends, but you want the images you post to Facebook from Instagram to be public.
What can you do? You can, of course, change the privacy setting for each of your Instagram posts on Facebook manually, but it would be far preferable to set privacy settings on Facebook for Instagram posts that would be applied automatically any time you post to Facebook from your Instagram account.
Help documentation for Instagram privacy settings on Facebook is outdated.
I spent some time trying to figure out how to do this and came up with naught. In the past, Instagram could be found under Facebook settings, in the “apps and websites” section.
Instagram no longer appears under Facebook apps and websites, though, and sadly, this is where all instructions found online still tell you to look. The Facebook help files, the Facebook community, and a variety of Google search terms all proved useless in telling me how, in the year 2019, I could go about changing the audience on Facebook for my Instagram posts.
Eventually, though, I did figure it out. Thus, while this blog doesn’t usually provide how-to information, it seems appropriate in this one instance to post what I found.
1. You have to click “More” on your Facebook profile page to access your Instagram settings.
The option to change who sees your Instagram posts on Facebook is now buried in the “more” menu on your profile page. Furthermore, as far as I can tell, the “more” menu can only be accessed when using the Facebook website. I was unable to find the privacy settings for my Instagram posts on Facebook via the Facebook app on Android.
2. Click the pencil icon to access Instagram Settings on Facebook.
Once you choose “Instagram” from the “More” menu on your Facebook profile page, you will see a page titled, “Recent Photos.” From here, you will need to click the pencil icon you will see on the right.
3. Change your “App visibility and post audience” for Instagram on Facebook.
A modal will appear and there are a lot of options on it. The one you want is “App visibility and post audience.”
From here, you can change who will see future posts on Facebook posted from Instagram just as you can within the Facebook privacy settings found under “Settings.”
It took a serious amount of hunting to find it, but there you go. That’s where Facebook has now hidden the Instagram post settings.
I hope this proves helpful to someone. If so, please give this post a like or comment with a thank you. Also, if you’re an iPhone user and you’ve found this setting exists on the Facebook app for iPhone, please comment and let me know so I can update this post accordingly. Thanks!