Do you want to hide your Instagram followers from the public but don’t know how to do it? If so, you’ve come to the right place as today we’ll teach you how to hide your Instagram followers from unsuspecting eyes.
Normally, anyone using Instagram can see your followers as well as the accounts you follow by simply clicking on your profile. But you can counteract that and use Instagram’s most well-liked features to hide this information. None of the methods is completely foolproof but, the three we’ll talk about today are simple and effective.
Is there a way to hide followers instantaneously?
Instagram does not formally provide you with a way to choose who can see your followers and who you wish to keep that information hidden from. There is no way to make following lists or followers private. Although it is currently not possible to do so formally, you can still conceal the list by doing some strategic maneuvering.
Why hide Instagram followers
There is a whole slew of reasons why someone might want to hide their Instagram followers. Some people just don’t want others to know who they follow, others may not want to get into a conflict or maybe they’re really worried about their privacy. There is no wrong or right reason if you want it to do it.
How to hide Instagram followers?
Private your account
This is by far the easiest way to conceal your followers list. But there is a disadvantage. Since you do have to private the account, this is something brands cannot do. Every brand on Instagram has an open profile, so if you’re here on your company’s behalf, skip this section and move on to the next one.
But if you still want to make your account private, here’s how:
- Open up your Instagram account
- Access the profile page (there’s a small profile icon at the bottom of the screen)
- Find a small icon of three lines in the top right corner and click on it
- Find “Settings” and open the tab
- Tap the little lock named “Privacy” and toggle the slider to “Private account”
Your followers will still be able to access your profile and see who you follow and who follows you even after you turn your account to private. But this method does prevent the general population from scrolling through your followers list.
Block the user
Another thing you can do if you just want to hide your followers from a single user is to block them.
- Click the three dots in the top right corner of the person’s profile page.
- Next, tap Block.
- Select Block from the pop-up bottom menu, select one of the two choices, and then select Block once again
Once blocked the user won’t be able to see your profile at all. And that includes your followers, posts, stories, etc. This is a complete ban. The only way they could ever see something you’ve posted or your followers is if they have an alternative account or use someone else’s.
Remove a person
The best course of action when wanting to make your account private is to unfollow someone. After you unfollow that user and make your account private, they won’t have access to your profile or followers.
Even if you’ve previously made your account private, you can still remove anyone you want to from your followers list.
Here’s what to do:
- Go onto Instagram
- Open up your profile page
- Once the menu opens up choose “Followers”
- Select the person you want to remove, then click the “Remove” button
The person who removed you cannot see who’s following you after being removed. If you want to specifically target an individual, this approach works best. But once again, this won’t do very well for brands.
Downsides of hiding followers
The practice of hiding followers on Instagram has certain drawbacks. The first is that new followers can dislike it. Either they might find it confusing or they might not know how to follow you back.
Learning how to properly manage your privacy settings on Instagram is a good idea because privacy has grown to be a key concern for users in the modern world. Instagram does not, however, give users a simple option to hide their follower count – it requires jumping through a few hoops.
With the three options listed in this post, you can, however, restrict who can see your Instagram followers and conceal them from specific people.