How to See Who You Unfollowed 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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  • 29 May 2024
  • 7 mins read

Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat, thinking you unfollowed your best buddy after a late-night Instagram chaos? 

You are not alone! 

Instagram does not have a built-in "unfollow history," but there are ways to solve the problem of lost followers. 

Buckle up, because we're about to go deep into the world of unfollowed accounts and how to find them.

3 Ways to See Who You Unfollowed on Instagram

Instagram doesn't have a built-in feature to view who you've unfollowed. Here are a few strategies you can use:

  1. Manually Checking the Following List

Follow these steps to check your following list:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app and go to your profile.

Step 2: Tap the "Following" button beside your profile photo.

Step 3: Scroll through the list to see if you recognize someone you may have mistakenly unfollowed.

This strategy works well with a short list of followers that you can scan.

  1. Checking Likes on Your Post

Based on the idea that you've already posted something and that the person has followed you, here's a step-by-step guide on how to do so:

Step 1: Go to your profile and tap on any of your posts.

Step 2: View your post's likes.

Step 3: Scroll down the list to see people you aren't following.

Step 4: If you realize someone you accidentally unfollowed, you can follow them back.

This procedure is fairly demanding because you may have to browse through several lists of likes.

  1. Using a Third-Party App (with Caution)

There are third-party apps that promise to track your followers and unfollowers. These can be useful, but be cautious because you will need to connect your Instagram account to them. Here's what you should consider:


Before integrating your account, ensure that the app is legitimate and has positive reviews.


Pay attention to the permissions that the app seeks. It should not ask for anything more than access to your follower list.


Third-party apps may not always be accurate, and certain services may cost purchase.

While Instagram does not provide an option for knowing who you have unfollowed, there are various workarounds. However, these solutions frequently rely on third-party apps or services, which may pose security problems. 

To reduce these dangers, consider using a service such as PurePrivacy. It can not only recommend methods to improve your Instagram privacy settings but also assist you in managing your digital footprint across the web, giving you more control over your online security.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Are there any reliable third-party apps for tracking unfollowers?


    There is no definite "safe" solution, however here are a few suggestions:

    Look for apps with positive reviews from reputable sources.
    Avoid apps that require more permissions or login credentials than Instagram.
    Be cautious of things that appear too good to be true, such as viewing previous unfollows.

  • Is it possible to track unfollows without using third-party apps?


    Try keeping a manual list of everyone you follow. This can be difficult, especially if you follow a large number of accounts. There are additional browser plugins that seem to track followers and unfollows, but they are inaccurate and may violate Instagram's terms of service.

  • What if I mistakenly unfollowed someone important?


    You can always look up their username and follow them again. If you don't recall their username, check your messages or comments to see if you've recently communicated with them.

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Be Wary of Third-Party Apps!

Unfortunately, Instagram itself doesn't offer a way to see who you've unfollowed. 

While there are third-party apps that claim this functionality, proceed with caution as they often require login credentials and may compromise your account security. 

Your best options are to manually check your following list or look for clues in your likes and activity. 

Remember, focusing on engaging content and building a positive community is more rewarding than dwelling on unfollows.