Two Quick Ways to Check Who Unfollowed You on Instagram

Go with a manual approach or use a third-party app

What to Know

  • Manual approach: Track follower numbers and specific users; then investigate the 'Following' lists for those users.
  • Third-party apps can give you info about unfollowers, secret admirers, and ghost followers.
  • If you've suddenly noticed a drop in followers, it might be due to an Instagram-related issue instead of actual removals.

This article covers the manual process for tracking followers and offers multiple suggestions for reliable third-party apps to use.

How to Check Who Unfollowed You: The Manual Way

The most basic way to check to see who unfollowed you on Instagram is to do it manually by staying on top of your exact follower count and specific users. If you notice your follower count goes down, you can then investigate the "Following" lists of those specific users to verify whether or not they're still following you.

This is obviously very time-consuming and impractical work — especially when you have a lot of followers who fluctuate regularly. You're much better off using a tool that specializes in keeping track of your follows and unfollows.


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Which Third-Party Apps to Use to Analyze Followers

Instagram has really cracked down on its API for privacy reasons, meaning that third-party unfollower app developers are far more limited in how they're able to access a user's followers. If you tried to use an app that claimed to show you who unfollowed you but noticed it doesn't work, these changes made to the Instagram API might explain why.

There are, however, a few good third-party apps out there that can still help you out. Here are three different ones that connect to your Instagram account and tell you some useful information about your followers (and unfollowers).

Follow Meter

Screenshots for Follow Meter app on Android showing popularity meters

Follow Meter is an app gives you insights about your Instagram popularity, unfollowers, secret admirers and ghost followers. Once downloaded and installed to your iOS or Android device, you'll be asked to sign in to your Instagram account through the app.

Your dashboard will show you your unfollowers along with new followers, users who aren't following you back and users who you're not following back. Some features are only accessible with in-app purchases, but according to some of the reviews, Follow Meter has done well to adapt to the changes with the Instagram API, allowing users to still see who unfollowed them.

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Followers Tracker Pro

Screenshots of Followers Tracker Pro for iOS

Followers Tracker Pro might have "pro" in its name, but it's free to download and start using right away (with in-app purchases for extra features). This app functions as a simple follower/following tracker with a clean and intuitive interface.

See followers you gained, followers you lost, unfollowers (users who aren't following you back), and deleted likes and comments at a glance. Just tap on the Lost Followers tab to see a list of your unfollowers.

Screenshot of app showing Lost Followers tab

You can even dig deeper into your followers by checking out your "ghosts," seeing who's posting nearby, tracking your average likes per photo and so much more. The app is updated very regularly (multiple times per month), which is a good sign because it's more likely to function properly as it integrates with the Instagram app.

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Follow Cop

Screenshots of Follow Cop for Android

If you're an Android user looking for a seriously elegant follower tracking app, Follow Cop is absolutely worth checking out. This app lets you see unfollowers (users who don't follow you back), users who recently unfollowed you, ghost followers, top likers and more.

Since the app only shows you unfollowed you most recently, you'll want to make sure to check your unfollowers regularly. Of these unfollowers, you'll also be able to see if you do or don't follow them.

Follow Cop also lets you manage your followers more easily than doing it through the Instagram app. You can do mass unfollows of up to 15 users, use filters to find fake followers and connect up to three Instagram accounts at a time to use with the app.

The free version supports 15 unfollows at a time, but you can repeat that process as many times as you want. To unfollow 200 users at once, you have to pay.

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What to Do When You See Who Unfollowed You

Once you've used any of the above apps to see your unfollowers on Instagram, it's then up to you to decide whether you should try and get those followers back, attract new ones, or simply forgive and forget them. If you choose to try to get them to come back, you'll have to put a bit of time and energy into liking their posts, commenting on them and possibly even following them.

For businesses and brand builders, retaining followers and customers is usually pretty important and these apps can be invaluable in maintaining your social following.

  • How do you follow hashtags on Instagram?

    Select the hashtag, then choose Follow. Once you start following it, you should see photos and videos from the hashtag in your feed. To unfollow, select the hashtag again and tap on Following.

  • How many people can you follow on Instagram?

    You can follow up to 7,500 people on Instagram. The company set this limit to reduce spam. If you try to follow more than 7,500 people, you see an error message.

  • How do you hide who you follow on Instagram?

    The best way to hide who you follow on Instagram from the general public is to make your account private. Go to Settings > Privacy and toggle Private account on. This won't prevent your followers from seeing who else you follow, but it will keep others from doing so.

  • Why can't I follow someone on Instagram?

    You may have exceeded the 7,500 maximum follows limit. The person you're trying to follow might have a private account, which means you need to send them a follow request. If your Instagram account is new, the social media platform limits how many people you can follow per hour or per day and you might've hit this temporary limit.

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