How to Unfollow Users on Instagram Who Don’t Follow You Back

Is it your intention to stop following people on Instagram who don’t follow you back?

It’s annoying when people stop following you since it lowers your ratio of followers to people who are following you.

To add insult to injury, there are those that follow you but then unfollow you the second you follow them back.

This tactic is often referred to as “follow/unfollow.”

Following many individuals and then unfollowing them as soon as they follow you back is the crux of this tactic.

You’ll have to keep an eye on who isn’t following you back or who unfollows you if you want to get rid of the folks that employ this tactic.

You can unfollow them too if you read on to find out how to do so.

How to Unfollow Users On Instagram Who Don’t Follow You Back

How do you get rid of people on Instagram who don’t follow you back?

Instagram users that don’t follow you back can be unfollowed in two ways: through a third-party app or by manually finding them (based on their followers/following list).

A third-party tool is preferable to the arduous process of tracking down and unfollowing people who don’t follow you back.

With that in mind, I will now explain how you can put either strategy to use.

1. Use a third-party app

The most efficient way to discover people who have recently unfollowed you or who are not following you back is to use a third-party app.

Numerous third-party apps available on the App Store and Google Play can be used without worry.

Here are a few programs that keep tabs on users who aren’t following you back and the reasons why.

1.1 Who Unfollow Me On Instagram

A list of my Instagram unfollowers

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The software boasts being Instagram’s quickest and most precise analytics tool. It keeps tabs on who is following you and who isn’t, who deletes comments, and more.
It has over 4,600 reviews and a 4.5-star rating in the App Store.

1.2 Followers Track for Instagram!

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Instagram Follower Counter & Analytics-Available Now on the App Store

Quick and precise data about Instagram’s fan base.

You can see who has recently followed you, who hasn’t followed you back, and who has unfollowed you.

There are more than 79,000 reviews for this app, and they average 4.3 stars.

1.3 Followers & Unfollowers

InstaFollow & Defollow-Android App from Google Play
Discover what people are saying about you by looking at your Instagram analytics.
The main functions of this app are to see who follows you on Instagram but you aren’t following back, to see whether you have any mutual followers, and to see who follows you but you aren’t following back.

More than 130,000 users have given it a 4-star rating on Google Play.

How do you use these third-party apps?

These external apps are simple to operate.

You can unfollow people who aren’t following you back on Instagram by going to the “are not following back/not following me” section of the app’s main menu.

You will be actioned for unfollowing users from one of these apps directly.

Unfollowing people is a tedious process, but third-party apps make it a breeze. Because of this, Instagram’s system will think you are a robot and won’t let you post.

Find their Instagram handles in the app’s search bar and unfollow them from there.

If you don’t want to get activity blocked, make sure to unfollow people every 5-10 minutes.

In most Instagram analytics programs, this function is gratis.

Ghost followers (people that don’t like or comment on any of your posts) are a common example of a paid feature, as are blockers, the most engaged followers, etc.

Are third-party apps safe to use?

Apps from third-party developers found on the App Store or Google Play may usually be trusted.

Because these apps are reviewed by humans before they hit the stores, you can rest assured that your information is safe.

Still, if you want to be extra careful, you should turn off access to these third-party programs after you’ve used them.

To accomplish this, follow these steps.

To uninstall an Instagram app, go to your profile and click the Menu button. Then tap Apps and Websites, and finally click Remove.

If you want to take things a step further (in terms of security), you can alter your Instagram password to instantly sign you out of any third-party apps or websites.

2. Manually find and unfollow users that are not following you back

The second, and more laborious, way to get rid of Instagram followers who don’t reciprocate your affection is to go on a hunt for them.

In three simple measures, here’s how it goes down.

To illustrate, assume you’re curious as to whether @user1 is also following you on Instagram and so seeing your posts.

The first step is to find his following list and look for your username there.

Second, if his search for people he follows returns your profile, he is following you. Therefore, there is no reason to stop following him.

You can tell he isn’t following you if you conduct a search for your username and don’t see it on his list of followers. You shouldn’t continue following him if that’s the case.

In my opinion, this is not the best method for discovering who isn’t following you back because it requires more effort and time.

Instead, you should utilize third-party software to keep tabs on those who aren’t following you back.

That makes it far less of a hassle to track down and unfollow someone.

How do you mass unfollow on Instagram?

While unfollowing people, this issue may also emerge.

Who do you unfollow in bulk on Instagram and why?

The short answer is that you can use Instagram’s “Least Interacted With” feature to unfollow many people at once without being stopped.

Instagram’s algorithm has steadily improved over time.

Formerly, one could unfollow hundreds of people without incurring action blocks.

But if you try to mass unfollow users, either with an app or by hand, you will be banned from taking that action.

Furthermore, the inability to take any form of action may last for several days.

The “Least interacted with” function on Instagram was just made available to a limited number of users.

Since this feature is still being worked on, Instagram won’t stop you from unfollowing up to 200 people per day.

Read “How to Unfollow People on Instagram Fast” if you’re interested in learning more about mass unfollowing.

What do do if you are blocked from unfollowing

The risk of being action blocked is another potential downside to unfollowing individuals.

This is the deal: Instagram is working to reduce the prevalence of automated accounts, spam, and other forms of automated activity on the service.

So, Instagram may make it harder for you to unfollow people if it sees strange behavior, like a lot of unfollows happening at once, which makes it think you are a bot.

It’s also possible that your list of followers will be deactivated (if you unfollowed users from it).

If your actions are temporarily disabled, you may have to wait several, or even twenty-four hours, for the restriction to be lifted.


Instagram provides two methods for unfollowing people that don’t follow you back.

You can either utilize a third-party tool or do it manually to locate users that aren’t following you back.

If you want to keep tabs on folks that aren’t following you back, unfollowers, ghost followers, and more, I recommend downloading a third-party app.

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