Managing Your Followers

If your account is set to private, anyone who wants to see your photos or videos will have to send you a follower request.

To approve or deny a follower request on Instagram:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. Tap at the top to see Follow Requests.
  2. Tap Confirm to approve a request. Tap Delete to deny a request.

If you accidentally deny a follow request, you can ask the person to request to follow you again.

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To unfollow someone:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone and Instagram Lite app for Android
  1. Go to the profile of the person you'd like to unfollow.
  2. Tap Following, then tap Unfollow to confirm.

Once you've unfollowed someone, their profile will say Follow instead of Following. People won't be notified when you unfollow them.

Note: If your account is set to private, you can remove people from your followers list. You can also block them. When you block someone, the blocked person can't see your photos or videos or search for your Instagram account. The blocked person isn't notified when they're blocked.

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Keep in mind that business profiles aren't able to make their accounts private. If you want to make your business account private, first switch back to a personal account.

By default, anyone can see your profile and posts on Instagram. You can make your account private so that only followers you approve can see what you share. If your account is set to private, only your approved followers will see your photos or videos on hashtag or location pages.

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  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 Privacy.
  4. Tap next to Private Account to make your account private.
Instagram.com from a computer:
  1. Click your profile picture in the top right corner, then click instagram-settingsSettings.
  2. Click Privacy and Security.
  3. Below Account Privacy, click to check the box next to Private Account.
Instagram.com from a mobile browser:
  1. Tap your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap instagram-settingsSettings in the top left.
  3. Tap Privacy and Security.
  4. Below Account Privacy, tap to check the box next to Private Account.

Things to keep in mind about private accounts

  • Private posts you share to social networks may be visible to the public depending on your privacy settings for those networks. For example, a post you share to Twitter that was set to private on Instagram may be visible to the people who can see your Twitter posts.
  • Once you make your account private, people will have to send you a follow request to see your posts, your followers list or your following list.
  • Follow requests appear in Activity, where you can approve or ignore them.
  • If someone was already following you before you set your posts to private and you don't want them to see your posts, you can block them.
  • People can send a photo or video directly to you even if they’re not following you.
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There are multiple ways to block someone on Instagram. You can also view your blocked accounts list from the Instagram app, where you can choose to block other people or unblock someone on the list. People aren't notified when you block them.

When you block someone from the Instagram app, you’ll have the option to block their account, or to block their account and new accounts they may create.

If you don't want to block someone, you can delete their comments from your posts, or you can block multiple people from commenting on your posts.

Learn more about what happens when you block someone.

From the Instagram app for Android and iPhone and Instagram Lite app for Android:

Block or unblock someone through settings
  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 Privacy, then tap Blocked Accounts.
  4. To unblock someone on your blocked accounts list, tap Unblock to the right of their name. Tap Unblock again to confirm.
  5. To add someone to your blocked accounts list, tap in the top right and search for the person you’d like to block. Tap Block to the right of their name.
  6. To block the account and new accounts they may create, tap Block at the bottom to confirm.
  7. If you prefer to only block that account, tap next to Block [username]. Tap Block again to confirm.
Block or unblock someone through Direct
  1. Tap or in the top right of Feed.
  2. Tap the chat with the person you want to block/unblock.
  3. Tap the person's name at the top of your chat.
  4. Tap Block/Unblock, then tap again to confirm.
Block or unblock someone through their profile
  1. Tap their username from their Feed or story post, or tap and search their username to go to their profile.
  2. Tap (iPhone/computer) or (Android) in the top right.
  3. To block the account and new accounts they may create, tap Block at the bottom to confirm.
  4. If you prefer to only block that account, tap next to Block [username]. Tap Block again to confirm.

Learn more about what you can do if you're having trouble logging in to your account.

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