How to Find and Unfollow Instagram Users Who Don’t Follow You Back

When it comes to social media, there is an unspoken rule: one hand washes the other. Adding people to your following list without seeing an equal increase in people following you can be frustrating, especially if you’re keen to grow your brand and carve out a reputation.

How to Find and Unfollow Instagram Users Who Don't Follow You Back

If you’re not getting the same amount of attention to posts as you’re giving out, you may decide to walk away from some connections and find those who are more likely to return the favor, show your posts some love, and nurture the friendship.

This article shows you how to unfollow Instagram users who don’t follow back.

How To Unfollow Instagram Users Who Unfollow You

Some Instagram users go as far as deploying the follow-unfollow strategy. They will follow you and then covertly unfollow you after you’ve followed back. Finding such users and unfollowing them can be an excellent way to clean up your account.

Let’s see how you can go about it.

How to Manually Find Users Who Unfollow You On Instagram

Instagram has made it easy to unfollow anyone on your following list if they unfollow you. You can do so either from your following list or the user’s profile.

Unfollowing Users From Your Followers List

This approach allows you to find and unfollow those who have unfollowed you once you follow them back. Here’s how to unfollow someone without leaving your profile.

  1. Open your profile and navigate to your “Followers” list.
  2. Scroll down the list to check if the user’s name in question appears.
  3. If the user isn’t on the list, you can open your “Following” list and click on the “Unfollow” button next to their name. If you do that, you’ll no longer see their posts in your Feed.

By default, Instagram shows a list of accounts you frequently interact with and a separate list of people that rarely appear on your Feed. Therefore, concentrating on the latter can be an excellent strategy to determine whether someone has followed back.

Someone residing in the “least interacted with” category doesn’t mean they haven’t followed you. The user may be in that category simply because they haven’t been active on Instagram.

The problem with this approach is that you may have to memorize the user’s name you’re searching for before scrolling down the list.

Unfollowing Users From Their Profile

Suppose you don’t want to memorize names and keep going back and forth between your “Following” and “Followers” lists to single out those that haven’t followed since you can conveniently open their profile and find out if your name is on their “Following” list. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Visit the “user’s profile” and open their “Following” list.
  2. Scroll down and search for your name. Alternatively, tap on the “search bar” at the top and type your name to run a quick search.

If your name isn’t on the list, that user hasn’t followed back.

How to Use a Third-Party Service to Find Users Who Don’t Follow Back

One of the most daunting tasks on Instagram is manually unfollowing people who don’t follow back, especially if you’ve got thousands of followers. It can be time-consuming to click through the profiles of everyone you’re following in search of users who haven’t returned the favor. Luckily, numerous third-party tools can help you automate this process.

Let’s see how the most popular tools work.

#1: Combin

Some people like the “follow for following, then unfollow” dance. They might even populate their Feed with “follow for follow” posts to win you over, only to unfollow you after you’ve started following them. This situation can be both unpleasant and annoying, and it can stunt the growth of your brand.

With Combin, you can instantly detect accounts that haven’t followed back and even unfollow them as a whole.

Here’s how this works:

  1. Download the Combin app and install it on your PC, Mac, or Linux.
  2. After installation, launch the app and enter your Instagram credentials to sign in to your account.
  3. Select “Users,” which appears in the navigation menu on the left.
  4. Click on “Following.” This action displays all the users you’re currently following.
  5. Click on “Not Followers.” This action reveals a list of anyone that hasn’t followed you back.
  6. To unfollow a user in the “Not Followers” list, click on the “circular box” next to their name and then select “Unfollow.”
  7. To unfollow users in bulk, click on “Select All” and choose “Unfollow.”

#2: Followers-Unfollowers

Followers-Unfollowers is a free tool that helps you identify Instagram users who haven’t followed you back. It comes with a clean and intuitive user interface that gives you a comprehensive overview of your account in seconds. You also get notifications when someone begins following or unfollowing you.

As soon as you install the app, you must log in with your Instagram credentials. After that, the app automatically generates user stats for your account. That includes a list of your followers, those that have unfollowed you, and users you haven’t followed back. You can unfollow one user at a time or mass unfollow many accounts at the touch of a button.

The app has garnered over 5 million downloads on Google Play, showing just how widespread its usage is. These numbers also probably indicate the amount of trust the app receives in an otherwise overcrowded market.

It’s also important to note that Instagram’s terms of use are pretty stringent, and any action considered unauthentic can put your account at risk of closure or suspension. The use of third-party apps to bulk-unfollow users is risky, so unfollowing users one at a time is recommended.

Instagram Follow/Unfollow FAQs

Is there a way to filter my Instagram followers?

Instead of the methods listed above, you can filter the list of people you’re following. However, you can’t filter your followers.

If you want to filter the list of people you’re following, head over to your profile, tap on “Following,” and tap on the “dual arrow icon” in the upper right-hand corner next to “Sorted by Default.”

Next, you can select one of the options to sort by “date.” Tap the option next to “Latest” or “Earliest.”

How do I unfollow hashtags?

Hashtags also appear in your “Following” list. Perhaps it’s time to clean up your “Following” list. Open your “Following” list and type “#” in the “search bar.” Here, you’ll see a few of the hashtags you’re following, and you can tap them. You can tap “Following” next to any of the hashtags you wish to unfollow, then tap “Unfollow.”

2 thoughts on “How to Find and Unfollow Instagram Users Who Don’t Follow You Back”

KaT says:
I wish these articles would STOP including third party apps as solutions for determining who is not following you back. This is the worst thing anyone can do. Instagram is seriously cracking down on the use of third party apps — and there’s a big chance that someone could have their account disabled (permanently) just by using third party apps. It doesn’t even matter if they use the app to actually unfollow someone that’s not following back — just the USE of the app can get your account shut down. At this point, third party apps should not even be mentioned.

I have noticed that lately Instagram has been showing me who is not following me back at the end of MY following list (meaning, the list of people I am following). If you scroll to the end of the list of people you are following, you will see who is not following you back. How long Instagram will continue to do this, I do not know. But I hope this is a step forward to a permanent, feasible solution. This is what you guys should be telling people to do — not to install third party apps.

Steve Larner says:
We attempt to mention the risks of third-party use on Instagram in every article, but there are hundreds and many require updates. Aside from that, people need to know that it is an option. It’s not any different than an article on how to watch streams from other countries. It’s what the people want to know and the risk they want to take.

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