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How to See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram

Published February 6, 2024

Nobody likes to see the number of followers they have on Instagram go down. Not to mention that if you’re running an online business you want to see the number of followers you have go up, not down

Seeing a decrease in followers probably has you wondering who is unfollowing, and why. While there is no official way to see who has unfollowed you through your Instagram settings, there are several ways to figure it out. 

How to See Who Unfollowed You Through the Instagram App

Instagram isn’t going to send you a notification when someone unfollows your page. One way to see if someone has unfollowed you is to check your follower list, or their following list. 

Check Their Instagram Following List 

  • Open Instagram
  • Type their username into the Search Bar 
  • Click on their name to go to their Profile Page 
  • Click on the “Following” tab at the top of their profile
  • If they are following your account, your name will appear at the top of the list. If it’s not there, they likely unfollowed you. You can also type your name into the search to see if it shows up to double check. 

Check Your Instagram Followers List 

  • Open Instagram
  • Go to your Profile Page by clicking your icon in the bottom right corner
  • Click on your Followers List 
  • Use the Search Bar to type in their name 
  • If the username doesn’t show up they unfollowed your Instagram account. 

Another thing to consider is that someone may have deactivated or deleted their Instagram account. Searching for their Instagram profile can confirm if this is the case. So, unless you have reason to, try not to take it personally if you notice someone off your follower list. 

If you are starting to see this number decreasing drastically, it may be time to see what’s going on with your content. This is especially important if you have a business Instagram account, because losing followers could be a sign your content isn’t doing well. 

How to See Who Unfollowed You Using a Third-Party App

Checking to see who unfollowed your Instagram manually works just fine if it’s only a few users you’re wondering about. If you’re seeing a significant decrease in followers, it may be time to call in reinforcements. 

Keep in mind that third-party apps can be unreliable while also costing money. It’s important to do extensive research on the reviews to ensure that it’s actually going to work. Most apps will also only track people who have unfollowed you since installing, so it may not be helpful for past unfollows. 

This method is also only recommended if you have a large following and want to track a large number of people who may have unfollowed your account. 

How to Unfollow Someone on Instagram 

If someone has unfollowed you on Instagram, you probably want to unfollow them back! There are a few ways to do this.

Unfollow Them From Your Profile 

  • Open up Instagram
  • Go to your Profile Page 
  • Click on your Following List 
  • Search for their Instagram Username
  • Click the Following Box to the left of their name
  • Choose Unfollow
  • If they have a Private Instagram Page, the app will notify you that if you unfollow, you’ll have to request to follow back later

Unfollow Them From Their Profile

  • Open Instagram 
  • Find their profile from your Followers List or search them on the main page 
  • Once on their profile, click Unfollow 
  • If they have a private Instagram, you’ll once again be notified that you’ll have to request to follow them again next time

Final Thoughts

Simply put, noticing that people are unfollowing your Instagram isn’t fun. Whether it’s a friend you’ve been arguing with, or a potential business lead, finding out who has unfollowed you can give you peace of mind. This is our last reminder to be weary of third-party apps! 

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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