How to Delete 'Suggestions for You' on Instagram

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The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
Introduction

What to Know

  • In the app, under Suggestions for You, select the X in the upper-right corner of any user box. Select See All to delete users quickly.
  • If you don't want to appear in anyone else's Suggestions for You options, go to Instagram.com > profile picture > Settings.
  • Then, uncheck the box next to Similar Account Suggestions and select Submit. Note that this setting isn't accessible from the app.

This article explains how to remove one or more Instagram "Suggestions for You" users from your feed if you're not interested in following them. After you delete the suggestion, you won't be prompted to follow that person anymore. We also cover how to opt-out of appearing as a suggested user in other people's feeds.

How to Delete Suggested Users From Instagram

Instagram is trying to be helpful by connecting you with users you may want to follow based on mutual friends, people in your contacts list, and Facebook friends. If Instagram gets it wrong, here's how to remove a suggested contact.

  1. Open the Instagram app or navigate to Instagram.com in a desktop or mobile web browser and sign in to your account, if necessary.

  2. Scroll through your home feed until you see a horizontal list of suggested users labeled Suggestions for You. It will likely appear close to the top of your feed, after the first or second most recent post.

  3. Select the X in the top right corner of any suggested user box. The suggestion will disappear immediately.

  4. Optionally select any suggested user's profile picture or name to go to their profile and see if they're worth following. If you decide you don't want to follow them, select the back arrow in the top left of the app (or the back button in your browser) to go back, and then select X.

    Instagram will not ask you to confirm that you want to delete the suggested user after you select the X, so be sure you want to delete them the first time. There's no way to undo it once it's done.

  5. To speed up the deletion process of multiple suggested users to follow, select See All above the list of suggested users. This will take you to a new tab or page with a vertical list labeled All Suggestions.

  6. If you're viewing All Suggestions from the app, select the X to the right of any suggested user to delete them. Having them listed in a smaller, vertical list makes it faster and easier to delete multiple suggested users.

    Deleting suggested users

    Unfortunately, there's no X button beside each suggested user on the All Suggestions list when viewed on Instagram.com. If you want to delete suggested users from this tab, you have to do it from within the app.

  7. If you end up deleting all of the suggested users on your All Suggestions list from within the app, you can refresh the tab to see a list of new suggestions. Instagram will keep suggesting new users for you to follow.

Opt-out of Showing up in Other Users' Suggestions

If you don't want your own profile showing up in other users' "Suggestions for You" section to avoid being discovered and followed by certain people, you can choose to exclude your account from it. Simply making your account private will not do this automatically.

You can only opt-out of the Suggestions for You section in other user's feeds by accessing Instagram from a desktop or mobile web browser. You can't do it from the app.

  1. Navigate to Instagram.com in a desktop or mobile web browser and sign into your account if necessary.

  2. Go to your profile by selecting the profile icon in the top right corner on the desktop web or in the bottom menu on the mobile web.

    Instagram profile icon
  3. Select Settings.

    Instagram Settings
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see Similar Account Suggestions and uncheck that box.

    A screenshot of Instagram.com.

    This tells Instagram to exclude your account when recommending similar accounts people might want to follow.

  5. Select the blue Submit button to save your profile setting changes.

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