Do you want to restrict people from seeing who you follow on Instagram?
Or you want to hide your followers or following list on your Instagram from friends?
If so, this is the right post for you because in this guide you will learn how to hide your following list on Instagram to restrict people from seeing it or going through them.
They aren’t many ways you can do this but the four tips I will give you in this article will give the results you have been seeking for.
Can You Hide Who You Follow On Instagram?
You can hide who you follow on Instagram using steps like:
- Setting your Instagram page to private,
- Removing the outsiders from your follower’s list, and many other methods.
I have also listed four basic steps you can block people from seeing who you follow on Instagram in this guide and they are listed below.
Ways You Can Hide Who You Follow On Instagram
To hide your following list on Instagram, you need to set your Instagram account to private if you haven’t already.
This is because if you set your account to private on Instagram, no visitor will be able to view the list of people you follow!
Another method is to block the person or persons completely on Instagram.
Although this is a bit drastic as it will completely hide your profile including your photos, videos, reels, and even your bio from being seen by those you blocked.
That is the alternative way to hide your following or followers list on Instagram.
Here are four major ways to block people from seeing who you follow or who follow you on Instagram:
1. Make your Instagram account private
This may be a bit of a stretch because this method will only hide your following list from outsiders but not from people who are already following you.
However, if you do not have a problem with your already followers seeing who you follow and who follows you on Instagram, just with the non-followers then this is a fix for you.
To set your Instagram account to private, you can take the following steps:
Go to your profile page by clicking on the tiny icon of your profile photo that is below your screen, on your right-hand side.
Click on the off-canvas icon on the top right corner of your screen.
Note that if you trying to access this on an android device, the “off-canvas” icon looks like 3 short horizontal lines.
On the new page, you will see “Settings” tap on it and you will then see a list of other options including “Security, Notification…
Click on privacy and the first option you’ll see is a button to make your account private.
Toggle on the button to turn on or turn off your account privacy.
Keep in mind that if you have a professional Instagram account, you will not be able to set your account to private.
For the aforementioned methods to work, you will need a personal Instagram account.
The next method in this guide might be the best option for you. Keep reading.
2. You can block the person or persons
The second method on how to hide your following list on Instagram is to block the person or people completely from seeing your profile.
You do this by going to their profile page on Instagram, click on the 3 dots on the top right corner of your screen.
Then select “block” to block them from seeing your profile on Instagram ever again.
Except unless they decide to create a burner account and try and follow you from there.
However, this rarely happens because Instagram lets you select an option that allows you to block a person and any account they might create in the future.
You will only see this option after you click “block”, see the photo below:
3. Remove them from your followers list
This is a temporary fix as the person can still follow you anytime and it works for a limited number of persons.
Simply go to your profile page on Instagram, click on your followers’ list.
Search for the person or persons username on the search box.
Just near the username, you will see an option to remove, it’s the only option there!
Note that they can still follow you in the future.
So you will have to take note of their usernames to keep removing them.
4. Delete your Instagram account
If all the above methods have not worked for you and you still feel uncomfortable with people seeing your following or followers list on Instagram.
Then you might consider deleting your Instagram account and be ready to loose your photos, messages and videos.
If you don’t mind then you can just do it.
Or rather, just temporarily deactivate your Instagram account, this is better because you can come back anytime just by simply logging in.
Can you hide your following list on Instagram from your followers?
No, you cannot hide your following list on Instagram from your followers.
Nonetheless, you can hide your following list from people who are not already following you.
This can only work if your Instagram account had already been set to private.
This is because of how the Instagram UI is designed and Instagram is a social media run on the internet and nothing is ever really private on the internet. Lol
Can verified Instagram accounts hide who they follow?
Not even a verified Instagram account or a celebrity can hide who they follow or who follows them on Instagram.
The only way they can is to follow the methods I have aforementioned above as they can help you fix this issue.
Can people who don’t follow me view my Instagram story or highlights?
Yes, but only if your account is public.
If your Instagram account is private then outsiders will not be able to view your stories or highlights.
Can you stop seeing someone’s Instagram without unfollowing them?
Yes you can. You can do this by going to their profile and muting them.
You can alternate between muting their posts or stories or you can just mute both!
In this way, you will not be able to see their posts or Instagram stories on your timeline until you unmute them.
Instagram is a social network that is connected to the internet and nothing is going to stay hidden on the internet.
The only thing anyone can do is to be careful with their online activities and also avoid feeling like you have to be on Instagram especially if you don’t feel comfortable.
So that is why trying to hide your following list on Instagram can be a bit of a drag, but the methods I have listed in this guide will solve this issue.