How To Tell If Someone Unfollowed You On Instagram

The rules of social media are so intricate and unspoken and complicated that I imagine those who actually have a crazy social media game have a ton of strange factors to think about. Meanwhile, the rest of us just want to know how to tell if someone unfollowed you on Instagram. Seriously. That’s all I ever want to know. Who out of my followers decided that my content was no longer worthy of their feed? Who is going on my list? (Don’t lie; we all have one.)

Of course, Instagram is a little notorious for making it difficult to tell whether or not someone is still following you — you can’t search as easily as you can on other platforms. So for #journalism, I conducted my own experiment to see if I can figure out a way to tell when someone unfollowed me. From my studies I have concluded that there are two ways to do this: Manual and technological. The manual way involves keeping track of people who followed you and checking by hand if a person is still following you after a while. The technological way involves getting a special app that does all of that for you. Obviously one of those is easier, but if you are not comfortable with giving a secondary app access to your account, your best bet would be your own thumbs.

I personally do not keep track of my followers in Instagram. I think that my feed is not interesting enough for people to care about, and nothing terrifies me more than a bunch of strangers expecting something cool from me. I do not work well under pressure on social media. But if you are an Insta-savvy individual, then this article is perfect for you.

1. Manual

The first thing you do is locate the person who you want to check in on. I’m going to use my editor @dilemmalord as an example. When she followed me on Instagram I took notice.

If you want to check to see if this person unfollowed you, go to their profile.

Click on "following" located at the top right. This will take you to all the people that they are following.

As I scrolled down, I noticed that my name did not appear on the list. She had unfollowed me. IT STUNG! Just kidding, we did this was for research. I know she loves my pictures of dogs, cross stitching, and Snapchat outtakes.

2. Technological

This way for knowing who unfollowed you is more simple but requires you to download a secondary app. I suggest getting Followers For Instagram. Not only will it tell you who unfollowed you, it will track the progress of your entire account.

Once you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to sign in into the personal Instagram account which you want to monitor.

Complete this step and you are done! The app will keep track of new followers, people who have unfollowed you, those that follow you but you do not follow back, and those you follow who do not follow you. That last one was basically every celebrity account I follow.

When you click on Have Unfollowed Me, it will show you exactly the people who gave you the slip on Instagram from the moment you downloaded the app.


Very Important: please keep in mind that the app will only keep track of things that happen after you sign into your account. It has no way of knowing anything that happened previously. If you want to know about earlier unfollows, you should employ the first method in this article.

Images: Instagram/Dasha Fayvinova, Pixabay

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