How do I find people I know to follow on Instagram?
There are two ways to find people to follow on Instagram. You can connect your device’s contact list in the app and Instagram will recommend accounts to follow based on your contacts. You can also tap explore at the bottom of the screen to search for people you'd like to follow.
To connect your device's contact list to Instagram:
  1. Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap more options in the top right, then tap settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Contacts Syncing.
  4. Tap switch off next to Connect Contacts to turn on contact syncing.
Keep in mind that your contact list is periodically synced and your contacts will be re-uploaded the next time Instagram syncs your contacts. To stop this, go to your device settings and also turn off contacts syncing on all devices logged into Instagram.
To follow an account Instagram has recommended to you:
  1. Tap the notification on your phone’s home screen, then tap Follow.
  2. You can also tap in the top right to view the notification, then tap Follow.
Keep in mind that when you confirm your phone number or email on Instagram, your account may be recommended to users who have your contact information in their device’s contact list. Your phone number and email is stored on Instagram when you sign up for an account with this information or have added it to your Personal Information.
Learn more about what happens when you connect Instagram to your device's contact list and how to disconnect your contacts.
For more information, please see our notice on contact syncing for Non-Users.
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