How to Hide Followers and Following Lists in Instagram
Having a presence on social media has become part of our identity. Not that everyone has to have a Facebook or Instagram account, but people assume that you do. And for the most part, we do share our lives on social media, but not everyone is comfortable with all that it brings.
Instagram, and other social media platforms, have blurred the lines of what’s considered private information. For that reason, you ought to take some precautions. Maybe you want to hide your Followers and Following list on Instagram. But can you do that?
Numbers Are There
The rules of social media platforms sometimes seem quite arbitrary. It’s a balance between giving the users a lot of choices to control their accounts, but still maintaining the core of what they represent. Instagram, on the surface, has a straightforward concept. Before adding the Instagram Story Feature and IGTV, it was just a place where you posted your photos and videos. Now, it’s a whole lot more than just that.
So, can you hide the Followers and Following list on Instagram? Unfortunately, you can’t. The actual numbers that represent how many people you’re following and how many people follow you in return are always visible. It doesn’t matter what type of account you have – you can’t hide the numbers. It’s one of the areas where Instagram is uncompromising.
And it makes sense. Whether you like it or not, a lot of what drives social media is how many followers you have. It would be a counterintuitive business decision if you could just hide the Following and Followers list on Instagram and leave everyone to speculate. But there are things you can do to manage who sees what in your account.
Control Your Visibility
People don’t always think about what kind of imprint they leave on the Internet. There’s too much information, too many photos, and you can’t control what other people post either. It’s not only prudent, but advisable to be aware of who sees what on your Instagram account. Therefore, unless you run a business online, or you’re an influencer or celebrity, you should switch from a public to private profile.
This automatically allows only your followers to see the list of people you follow and those who follow you back. All they have to do is tap on the number representing each list. However, if your account is public, anyone can access these lists and see the profiles. In order to change from a public to private Instagram account you have to:
- Open Instagram on your mobile device.
- Tap “Settings”.
- Tap “Account Privacy”.
- Tap “Private Account”.
You can make this change on Instagram for the web as well. A private account means that if people want to follow you, they’ll have to send requests. You then review them and decide who you want to share your Instagram profile with. This includes who’s in your Followers and Following lists.
Even if you already have a private Instagram account, you can find yourself in a situation where you want to hide your list of followers. But what if the person or persons you want to hide the information from is already following you? This could quite conceivably happen. And when it does, it’s comforting to know you can do something about it. To remove a follower all you have to do is:
- Open your Instagram app and go to your profile.
- Tap on the Followers number. There you’ll see a list of your Followers. You can use the search bar to find specific people.
- Next to each username you’ll see “Remove”. Click and confirm your selection.
This way the people who previously had access to the list of your Followers and Following lists no longer do. They can still find your profile on Instagram, but they’d have to send you another request to access your page again.
Maybe you’re not looking to remove a follower, but are still experiencing certain issues with them that make you want to restrict their access to your Instagram account. Instagram absolutely lets you do that. The person you restrict won’t be able to see when you’re online or whether or not you’ve read their messages.
The comments they leave on your posts will only be visible to them. You can choose to see the comment by tapping “See Comment”. And if you want other people following you to see their comment, you can just select “Approve”. Alternatively, you can just delete it or ignore it. Restricting or unrestricting someone’s account can be done this way:
- Go to your Instagram profile.
- Go to “Settings” and then “Privacy”.
- Select “Connections” and then “Restricted Accounts”. Then “Continue”.
- Type in the name of the account you want to restrict and then select “Restrict” next to their name. Use the same process to “Unrestrict” them if you so choose.
You can also access the restricting accounts feature through Direct messaging, comments, or through their own profile. But this way is probably the easiest.
Finally, you can always block an Instagram account. It’s usually the final resort for some people. But those with a large following who receive a lot of negativity online are well-accustomed to using it. Therefore, it’s probably best to know exactly how to block someone online.
- Go to the person’s profile page.
- Tap on the three dots in the top right corner of the screen.
- Select “Block” and confirm.
That’s it, they’re gone. They won’t be able to see your followers and following lists and won’t be able to see your account at all.
Stay Mindful About Online Privacy
It can be overwhelming, hiding profiles and restricting accounts. You can easily get tired of it and feel like being on social media isn’t worth the trouble. But with a few clicks, you can make things run a lot smoother. It’s natural to be protective of your privacy, and of those who follow you.
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