Syncing Contacts and Finding People to Follow

Connect contacts

To find people to follow on Instagram, you can look through people from your contact list:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Contacts Syncing.
  4. Tap next to Connect Contacts to turn on to contact syncing.

Learn more about what happens when you connect Instagram to your phone's contact list. You can also tap at the bottom of the screen to search for people you'd like to follow.

Disconnect contacts

To disconnect your contacts:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Contacts Syncing.
  4. Tap next to Connect Contacts to turn off contact syncing.
  5. Tap Disconnect.
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When you connect Instagram with your phone or tablet's contact list, you'll be able to see a list of your contacts who are on Instagram. From there, you can choose contacts to follow.

When your contact list is connected, it's periodically synced and securely stored on our servers. To remove your synced contacts, tap Delete All. Your contacts will be re-uploaded the next time Instagram syncs your contacts unless you go to your device settings and turn off access to contacts.

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You can find people you might like to follow in Search. Tap at the top of the screen (iPhone) or bottom of the screen (Android) to go to Search.

  • Scroll down to explore posts and videos you might like from accounts you're not already following.
  • Tap the search bar at the top to search for people, hashtags, places and events that interest you
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To disconnect contact syncing:

  1. Tap instagram-user-profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Contacts Syncing.
  4. Tap next to Connect Contacts, and then tap Disconnect.

To remove your synced contacts, tap Delete All. Your contacts will be re-uploaded the next time Instagram syncs your contacts unless you go to your device settings and turn off access to contacts.

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To search for people, hashtags and places, tap or click and enter a search in the search bar at the top of the screen. You can choose to search for Tags, People or Places.

The search results you see are based on a variety of factors, including the people you follow, who you’re connected to, and what photos and videos you like on Instagram.

Note: You can search people by their name or username. Learn more about finding people to follow.

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