Instagram has become a dynamic social media platform for brands, businesses, organizations, influencers, and individuals.

This platform provides tools that give its users a lot of control over what they post, including comments.

So, if you share something you don’t want comments on, you need to know how to turn off comments on Instagram.

It can be challenging to keep up with high engagements when there are a lot of comments. This happens a lot with users who have high follower counts.

Therefore, being able to turn off comments is important.

The reality of things is that sometimes people are less than kind or positive on posts, so you need to monitor, remove, hide, or otherwise control comments.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when you need to turn comments off on a post.

That said, we will discuss how to disable comments on Instagram and more about turning off comments in the following paragraphs.

How to Turn off Comments on Instagram


While you can turn off comments while ‌publishing a post or for something you’ve already posted, you cannot totally disable posts on Instagram.

It has to be done manually for individual posts. Let’s address that.

How to Turn Off Comments on Instagram While Publishing Posts

Here are the simple steps you need to follow to turn off comments while you’re publishing a post. 

  • In your Instagram app, tap the “plus” icon at the upper right corner of the app.
  • Create your new post.
  • Apply preferred filters or edit content.
  • Tap “Next”.
  • Before tapping “Share”, tap “Advanced Settings” at the far bottom of the screen.
Advanced settings
  • Tap “Turn off commenting” by tapping the slider.
Turn off commenting
  • Press the arrow at the top left of the screen to return to the previous screen. 
  • Tap the “green checkmark” at the top of the screen to share your post. 

Since you chose to turn off commenting for this post, no one can comment on it. 

How to Turn Off Commenting on Previously Published Posts

If you have a post with a lot of‌ negative or hateful comments that you’re constantly having to monitor and remove, you may want to disable further comments on the post.

Here is how you do that.

  • Open your Instagram app.
  • Navigate to the post for which you need to disable comments.
  • Tap the three horizontal dots to generate the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Choose “Turn off commenting” from the drop-down menu.
Turn off commenting

Remember, you can go back and change these settings to enable commenting again if you want.

How to Turn Off Instagram Live Comments

One of the most useful features of Instagram is its live-streaming feature. During livestreams, viewers can comment on the video, which is seen by other viewers. 

However, you may need to or want to disable commenting on your Instagram Live streams for whatever reason.

If you find yourself in this situation, here is how to turn off comments on Instagram livestreams. 

  • Open Instagram and log into your account if needed.
  • Tap the “Plus sign” icon in the upper right corner.
  • At the bottom left, scroll through until you find “Live”.
  • Press the capture button in the center to start broadcasting live. 
  • At the bottom of your screen, tap the three vertical dots by the comment field. 
  • Choose “Turn off commenting” to turn off comments for your Live.
Turn off commenting.

Once you turn off Instagram Live video comments, people will be unable to comment on the stream.

How to Turn Off Comments on Instagram for All Your Posts

Instagram doesn’t have a feature that allows you to turn off all commenting for all posts. If that’s something you want to do, you will need a third-party tool for that.

You can find auto-moderation tools for Instagram online. 

NapoleonCat is such a tool. We are not promoting it, just mentioning it as an example.

These tools can be used to moderate your posts when you are unable to do it yourself. 

There are filters you can use to prevent certain words, phrases, etc. from being used in a comment. 

While these tools can be helpful, it’s wise to take care when using any third-party app on your phone to moderate anything on your mobile device. 

Remember, Instagram doesn’t have a feature that disables all commenting. It’s an individual post feature. 


Why Would You Turn Off Instagram Commenting on A Post?

One of the biggest issues with Instagram posts or video comments is that people can be rude. That’s just the reality of using social media these days.

The only way to prevent it is to remove existing rude comments and disabling future commenting on an individual post.

Also, trolls, spam, and bot comments can be avoided.

Can You Turn Instagram Commenting Back on For Individual Posts?

Yes. You do the same thing you did to turn off commenting to turn commenting back on through the individual post editing feature.

You must go to the post, tap the three little dots to generate the drop-down menu, and tap where commenting can be turned off or on.

Are There Disadvantages to Turning Off Instagram Commenting?

Yes, there can be disadvantages. Since one of the main goals for commenting is to build relationships with your followers, turning off comments does affect that ability.

However, you also don’t want your followers to feel as if others are being rude or harassing them either.

So, it’s still about keeping your followers engaged, but safe.


Unfortunately, there are times when you need to turn off comments for Instagram posts.

It happens mostly due to people who are being rude, harassing another person, or who are using language you don’t want on your posts. 

While turning off comments can hurt your engagement on a specific post, you have to make these decisions on a post-to-post basis.

Remember, you can opt to delete rude comments by moderating your posts if you have the time.

If moderating and removing certain comments becomes overwhelming due to having thousands of followers who comment, turning off comments may be your only recourse. 

Now that you know how to turn off comments on Instagram posts during and after you publish them, and on Live videos, will you use these features as described in this article?