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How to see who has unfollowed you on Instagram

When you share posts on Instagram, your ultimate goal is to increase your follower count. However, some of your followers may unfollow you at some point. Identifying those who have unfollowed you on Instagram can be tricky, but don’t worry, we have figured it out for you.




15 minutes

What You Need

  • An Android phone or iPhone

  • The Instagram app

Although Instagram doesn't immediately let you know when someone has unfollowed you, it is possible to use official tools in the Instagram app to find out who did or didn't unfollow you. This eliminates the need for third-party solutions that might cost money or misuse your personal information. Take a deep breath, relax, and take your time in following these steps.

A screenshot of an Instagram profile, showing someone's follower count.
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How to see who unfollowed you on Instagram

As noted, Instagram doesn’t notify you when people unfollow you, so the most basic way to check is to keep a close eye on your follower account. This could be time-consuming, depending on your overall follower count.

The more comprehensive solution is to download a copy of your account information, specifically a report that shows your followers from a specified date range.

Step 1: First, open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device and make sure you're logged into your account.

Step 2: Next, select Your account at the bottom right.

Step 3: Select Followers and review your list of followers to try to determine who's no longer on your list.

You can also download your Instagram data to find out who unfollowed you. In the Instagram app, choose your profile, then select the Menu icon at the top right.

screenshot showing Instagram followers on iPhone app.
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Step 4: Next, choose Accounts Center.

Step 5: On the next page, scroll down, then select Your Information and permissions.

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Step 6: Select Download your information.

Step 7: Choose Download your information, then choose your Instagram profile from the list, if applicable, then select Next.

screenshot showing how to find unfollower information in the Instagram app.
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Step 8: On the next page, check the box under Connections that says, Followers and following, then select Next.

Screenshot showing how to see who unfolllowed you on Instagram.
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Step 9: Choose your Instagram profile from the list, followed by Next. This assumes you either have more than one Instagram account or also have a Facebook account.

Step 10: Choose the option Some of your information.

Step 11: Check the box, Followers and following under Connections, followed by Next.

screenshot showing a step in downloading an Instagram follower report.
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Step 12: Choose the Location for your download, then tap Next.

Step 13: Choose a date range for your report like All time, then select Create Files.

screenshots showing how to create a follower report on Instagram.
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Step 14: You will receive two emails; one will tell you a report is now being created, the other that the process is completed. Once you receive the second email, go back into Instagram and choose Download next to the name of the completed report.

Step 15: Add your Instagram password to get the report.

Step 16: You can now open the report in the location where you sent it. The report will contain follower information.

screenshot showing how to download follower information for Instagram.
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Step 17: Now that you have your downloaded follower information, you can use that to compare it to your current follower count to see who has unfollowed you. The more followers you have, the longer this will take, but it's the best and safest way to determine who has unfollowed you.

As you can see, it takes quite a few steps to find out who unfollowed you on Instagram. Regardless, the process does work and only requires your mobile device and the Instagram app. Whether all of this is worth finding out who unfollowed you is up to you to decide, but if it is, this is how you can go about it.

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Bryan M. Wolfe has over a decade of experience as a technology writer. He writes about mobile.
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