There are instances where the negativity from social media platforms like Instagram may affect your mental health. Hence, limiting comments becomes crucial. If you are facing a similar problem and looking to turn off comments on your Instagram posts from your iPhone, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how you can have more control over your Instagram experience.

Why do you need to turn off comments on Instagram?

With so much content being broadcasted on social media, it is important to be mindful of the comments and interactions you are getting. Turning off comments on Instagram provides an effective way to prevent users from leaving unwanted comments and trolling. This is especially important for influencers and business owners who have a decent following on the platform.

By disabling comments, you are protecting yourself from potential online harassment and toxicity, allowing you to focus more on delivering quality content. Additionally, it can reduce the number of spam comments that you receive and help curate a more positive and constructive user experience.

Furthermore, turning off comments also gives you more control and freedom to dictate the conversation and moderate the engagement around a particular post. This allows you to create an environment that is more conducive to a healthy dialogue and focus on the growth of your brand.

How to turn off comments in Instagram Posts on iPhone

Interestingly, you can disable comments either before or after posting on the feed.

Before posting, if you are certain that the specific post does not require any public interaction and might attract spam or trash comments, you can disable the comments feature for the post before making it live.

Disable Instagram comments before posting on Feed

  1. Launch Instagram on your iPhone → select Add Post (+).
  2. Choose an image (single or multiple) → tap Next.

    Launch Instagram on your iPhone, select Add Post, choose an image and tap next

  3. Select a filter if you wish to → tap Next.
  4. Select Advance Settings at the bottom.
  5. Toggle on Turn off commenting specified under Comments.

    Select a filter, select Advance Settings, toggle on turn off Commenting

Disable Instagram comments after posting on Feed

  1. Open Instagram → tap your profile icon.
  2. Select the particular post from your feed you wish to alter.
  3. Tap the three-dot icon present on the top-right corner of the post.
  4. Now select the Turn off commenting feature from the interface.

    Disable Instagram comments after posting on Feed

You can turn the comments back on following the same procedure mentioned above if you wish to receive comments again. Also, you’ll get all your old comments back.

Similarly, you can refer to our guide if you want to learn how to hide likes and views on your Instagram post.

How to turn off comments in Instagram Story on iPhone

  1. Open the Instagram app → select the profile icon.
  2. Select the hamburger menu in the top-right corner tap Settings

    turn off comments on Instagram Story

  3. Now go to Privacy.
  4. Select Story.
  5. Under Replying, select the Off option.

    Now go to Privacy, select Story, and tap turn off option under Replying

This method will permanently disable the comment section of your Instagram stories. Hence, remember to turn it ON when required.

How to turn off comments in Instagram Reels on iPhone

  1. Open the Instagram app → select the profile icon.
  2. Tap the Reels icon.
  3. Play the reel whose comments you wish to turn off.
  4. Tap the three-dot icon at the bottom right.

    turn off comments on Instagram Reels

  5. Select Manage → Turn off commenting.

    Select Manage and tap on Turn off Comments

However, somewhere in the near future, if you want to enable the comments for the respective reel, you can repeat the same steps and tap Turn on commenting.

How to turn off comments in Instagram Live on iPhone

  1. Open your Instagram app → tap Your story.
    In case you have already posted a story, you’ll need to tap Your story (+) again.
  2. Either drag down the interface or tap on Camera.
  3. Now, swipe left on the bottom panel to see and select the Live option.

    turn off comments on Instagram Live

  4. Tap the Live icon to start your live stream.
    You can even play around with a variety of filters if you want to.
  5. Select the three-dot icon from the comment box.
  6. Tap Turn off commenting.

    Tap the Live icon, select Three dots, and tap turn off commenting


How to turn off comments on Instagram for all posts at once?

Unfortunately, you can only turn off comments on one post at a time. There is no option to turn off comments for multiple posts in bulk.

Can I turn off comments for a specific period of time?

No, Instagram does not currently offer the option to turn off comments for a specific period of time. The only option is to enable/disable comments manually for a single post.