How to Know if Someone Declined Your Request on Instagram

  • By Muhid Suleman

    Muhid Suleman

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    Muhid Suleman, An expert writer from Pureprivacy's content team, Dedicate to make data privacy simple and accessible for you. Muhid, Our Content Wizard, weaves tales about online privacy using simple and user friendly procedures. He firmly believes that online privacy is your right and a big deal in the digital jungle.

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  • 23 May 2024
  • 8 mins read

You made the right follow request, clicked send, and then... silence. Do you expect prompt request approval, but you feel ignored now? 

Do not worry! 

There are some workarounds to find out about those ignored requests and whether someone declined your Instagram follow request.

3 Smart Ways to Know If Someone Declined Your Request on Instagram

Here are the three most effective techniques to determine whether or not someone declined the following request on Instagram. 

  1. Seeing Follow Button Changes

If you send someone a follow request on Instagram and then come back in a few hours or days, the follow button will appear in place of the request.

When you see that the button you requested has been changed, take the following action to decline your follow-up request. 

When you request someone to follow and then tab the follow button, it changes into the requested button; however, if the button turns back into the following button, it signifies the person declined your request.

  1. Checking Your Following List

When you follow someone on Instagram, they will be added to your "Following" list. If you cannot find the person you made a follow request to in your "Following" list, it is possible that they denied your request.

  1. Downloading Your Information

If you want to know your extensive follow request information on Instagram, follow these steps:

Step 1: Tap on your Instagram profile icon present in the lower right corner of your screen.

Tap on your Instagram profile icon present in the lower right corner of your screen

Step 2: Then click on the hamburger icon present in the upper right corner of your screen.

Then click on the hamburger icon present in the upper right corner of your screen

Step 3: Click on “Your Activity.

Click on “Your Activity.”

Step 4: Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Download your Information.”

Scroll down to the bottom and click on “Download your Information.”

Step 5: A window will appear, click on “Download or transfer your information.”

click on “Download or transfer your information.”

Step 6: Click on “Some of your information” after choosing the account from which you want to download your info.

“Some of your information” after choosing the account from which you want to download your info

Step 7: Now choose “Followers and Following” under the Connections tab from the menu options and click “Next.”

choose “Followers and Following” under the Connections tab

Step 8: Choose the option “Download to device.”

Choose the option “Download to device.”

Step 9: Select any Date range of your choice. Select All Time for the comprehensive data. Then click on “Create Files.

Select any Date range of your choice

Step 10: After clicking on the Create Files button, it’ll start preparing your files. It will take 5-10 minutes. Once it has prepared all the files, click on the Download button and all the data will be downloaded to your device.

click on the Download button and all the data will be downloaded to your device.

While these approaches can help you manage the sometimes complex world of Instagram requests, keep in mind that increasing online engagement often comes with increased security threats. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • If it seems like someone has rejected my follow request, should I send another one?

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    If you have made a request and the person has not responded, it is usually best to respect their privacy. You should try again later but do not be too pushy at first.

  • What happens if I forget to whom I sent requests on Instagram?

    Plus

    It is not possible to view previously made requests directly. To help you remember, you may try looking through your sent messages if you messaged them before making the request.

  • What will happen if someone accepts my request and then unfollows me?

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    Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t send you any notification when someone unfollows you. You can utilize third-party apps (use with caution as they could not be secure) or check their public following list regularly. These techniques aren't flawless, however.

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Check Your Instagram Request Status!

Although Instagram does not provide a definitive response for rejected requests to be followed, you can use the current status of the "Requested" button on a profile to determine the issue. 

If it's still marked as "Requested," your request is not yet accepted. 
A return to "Follow" indicates a potential decline, though. Though it offers a useful hint, this approach isn't reliable.