How to Hide Your Following List on Instagram

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Hide Your Following List on Instagram

Do you want to hide your Following list on Instagram?

Is there someone who shouldn’t see your Following list?

If so, then this guide is for you! You’ll learn to set your Following list private from people who don’t follow you.

Remember that this doesn’t work if that person is already following you.

They’ll still be able to see your Following list.

Instagram doesn’t currently have a privacy option to hide your Following list from your Instagram followers and close friends.

But if that person doesn’t currently follow you, it’ll work!

How to Hide Your Following List on Instagram?

There are four ways to hide your Following list on Instagram: make your Instagram account private, restrict a follower’s account, block their account, or remove them from your Instagram Followers list.

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How to Hide Your Following List on Instagram

How Can You Hide Your Following List on Instagram?

There are four ways to do it – make your Instagram account private, restrict a follower’s account, block their account, or remove them from your Instagram Followers list.

First, make your Instagram account private!

Go to your Instagram profile on your mobile device and tap on the Hamburger icon in the top-right corner.

Instagram account settings
Instagram account settings

Then, select Settings.

Settings menu on Instagram
Settings menu on Instagram

Next, tap on Privacy.

Privacy menu on Instagram
Privacy menu on Instagram

Finally, enable the Private Account option so that it turns blue.

Enable the Private Account option so that it turns blue.
Enable the Private Account option so that it turns blue.

A pop-up will appear asking if you want to set your Instagram account to private.

This means anyone who isn’t your follower won’t be able to see your photos or videos.

However, people will still be able to message, tag, or mention you in the comments.

However, this method doesn’t stop people from following you to see your Following list.

If you want to stop someone from seeing your Following list, you should try something else.

How To Remove an Instagram Follower

To stop a follower from seeing your Following list, you have to remove that follower.

To do this, navigate your Instagram profile and click on the Followers number.

Remove an Instagram Follower
Remove an Instagram Follower

After you tap on the Followers number, you’ll be taken to your Followers tab.

Next to the Follower’s Instagram name, you’ll see a Remove button.

Tap on it to remove that follower from your Followers list.

Removing an Instagram follower
Removing an Instagram follower

But what if you don’t want to remove a follower and only want to restrict their access to your account?

Instagram lets you do that!

How to restrict an account

Restricting a follower’s account means they can’t see when you’re online or if you’ve read their messages or not.

Moreover, no one will see the comments they leave on your posts unless you allow it.

To restrict a follower’s account, go to your Instagram profile, tap on the Hamburger icon, and go to your Settings.

Instagram settings page
Instagram settings page

Then, select Privacy, scroll down, and tap on Restricted Accounts next.

Instagram - Restricted Accounts
Instagram – Restricted Accounts

You’ll receive a notification explaining how restricted accounts work.

Tap on Continue. This will take you to the main page of the restricted accounts, where you can search for a Follower to restrict.

Search for restricted followers on Instagram
Search for restricted followers on Instagram

You can always block a follower if this isn’t enough for you. Then, they won’t be able to see your Followers or Following list.

How to remove a follower on Instagram

This should be the last resort. When nothing else works, you can block your follower.

To do this, go to their profile first.

How to remove a follower on Instagram
How to remove a follower on Instagram

Next, you need to confirm your choice.

Either you block that single account or any other account of that user.

Blocking someone on Instagram
Blocking someone on Instagram

If you choose the first option, you’ll block their current account and any other accounts they may create in the future.

Conclusion

There’s no direct way of hiding your Followers’ list on Instagram. However, there are four indirect ways of doing it.

You can set your account to private, restrict a follower’s account, remove a follower from your Followers list, or block them.

All four solutions will stop that person from seeing your Following list.

If you set your account to private, this will only stop non-followers from seeing your Following list.

Choose carefully!

And that’s how you make a private account on this social media platform.

FAQ

How can you hide Instagram posts from followers?

The fastest way to hide your Instagram posts from certain followers is to make your account private and block those Instagram followers.

Then, after you post your content, unblock them.

Alternatively, you can block the followers without unblocking them.

It depends on the nature of your relationship with those followers.

To hide your story from followers, go to Privacy Settings – Story – and select followers to hide your Instagram story from.

They will receive a notification, though.

Why can’t you see all of someone’s followers on Instagram?

Most likely, the user has deactivated their account, or they have blocked you.

They could also have made their account private, so you can’t see their followers.

If someone deactivates their account, Instagram removes any traces of their accounts from the platform.

You also won’t be able to see their followers list.

Some users also reported that a fresh reinstall of the Instagram app solved the issue.

It could be any of these reasons, so you should try and see yourself!

Does a person know you’ve blocked them on Instagram?

No, they don’t.

The only way they could know you’ve blocked them is if they can no longer DM you or leave comments on your Instagram post.

They also won’t see your followers or following list.

However, Instagram doesn’t notify people that you blocked them.

So, you can experiment with blocking and unblocking people to hide certain content from them.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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