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Why Can’t I See Mutual Followers On Instagram

By Pranab Sen

Key Takes:

» You will not be able to view the whole list of mutual followers because of the privacy settings of Instagram. Even when an Instagram account is private, you’ll not be able to see the list of Mutual followers you’ve got with that account.
» To see someone’s mutual followers from Instagram, you’ve to visit the account of that user whose mutual followers you want to check and then click on the Followers option next to the DP icon.
» You’ve to click on the Mutual option that’s on the left side of the followers’ list to see it.

You can click on the others section that is displayed next to the few names of mutual followers to view it in the form of a list.

Why Can’t I See Mutual Followers On Instagram:

These are the following reasons why you can’t see all mutual followers on Instagram:

1. Those Accounts Were Disabled

If the person does not want to continue with his account or to avoid distraction, they may disable their Instagram account. You can only see some of the mutual followers if they disable their Instagram accounts. 

Account was Disabled

2. User Deactivated His Instagram

Instagram has an account deactivation feature, which means during this deactivation period, his Instagram account will behave like a deleted account.

It is not the same as deletion, as you can again reactivate your account within a time limit, but this time, Instagram will hide the posts, photos, likes, and even the whole profile of the person.

As his profile is hidden, you can not see his mutual friends. 

The profile Has been deactivated

3. The person has blocked you

On Instagram, a person can block you, which means he will not give you access to his account. If the person blocked you, it seems the account will not exist for you. In this case, you can not see his mutual friends from your account.

You can create and use another Instagram account to check whether the person’s profile exists. If it exists, that means he blocks you, or if not, then there is a high chance that the person deleted or deactivated his account.

The profile Has been deactivated

How to See All Mutual Followers on Instagram:

There are a few methods that can fix this issue of seeing all mutual followers on Instagram:

1. See Mutual Followers on Mobile

If you want to know about the common followers that you and your friend both have on Instagram, you need to see the Mutual followers list to find out the mutual followers. You can see the mutual accounts that are followed by you and the other Instagram account user, by checking the mutual list, which displays the common followers and following that you and another Instagram account owner have in common.

You’ll be able to see the Mutual followers list on both mobile and PC. On mobile, you’ll have to use the official Instagram application to do so.

To view the common followers that you share with any other particular Instagram account owner, you’ll have to visit his or her profile first, and then from the Mutual list, you’ll be able to see the common followers that follow both you and the other Instagram account owner.

You can perform the following steps on your mobile to see your mutual followers using the Instagram app:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your mobile.

Step 2: You need to log into your Instagram account using the correct login details.

Instagram  account login

Step 3: You’ll be able to see different icons displayed at the bottom panel of the screen. From there, click on the Search icon and then search for the desired Instagram account whose mutual followers you want to find out.

Step 4: From the search result, click on the account to visit it. You’ll be able to find different options of Post, Followers, Following next to the profile picture.

option Followers

Step 5: Then, click on the option Followers. You’ll be displayed with the list of followers of that profile.

Step 6: Next, you’ll be able to notice the option Mutual that will appear on the left side of the followers’ list.

option Mutual

Click on it and you’ll be able to view the list of mutual followers you share with this Instagram account owner.

2. Look at Mutual Followers on PC

You can also check the mutual followers you have in common with another Instagram account owner from the PC too, you’ll need to use the official Instagram website. You’ve to log in to your Instagram account from the website using any browser.

If you want to check the common followers you have with any other Instagram user, you can do it by checking the list of mutual followers you’ve got with that account. You’ll be able to find out the list of mutual followers after visiting the profile of that particular Instagram user whose mutual followers you want to know.

In the list of mutual followers, you’ll be able to see the names of those accounts that are common in both your and the account of the other Instagram user.

The following points have all the steps that you need to perform:

Step 1: On your PC, use a browser to get into the official website of Instagram.

Step 2: You’ll have to log in to your Instagram account to check the mutual followers’ list.

Step 3: On the homepage, you’ll be able to locate a search box at the top of that very page with the text Search on it.

search for the people

Step 4: You need to use that search box to search for the desired Instagram profile and then from the search result, click on the profile to visit it.

Step 5: On the profile page of the user, you’ll be able to notice that under the Bio section, only a few names of the mutual followings are displayed.

mutual following on pc

Step 6: You’ll need to click on others to see the full list (if there are any more mutual people). As soon as you click it, it will display a whole list of mutual followers you have with that Instagram user.

Why Does It Say 3 Mutual Friends But I See 2 On Instagram:

If you have any confusion about why it says a person has 3 mutual friends or followers on Instagram, when you can only see 2, this means that the missing user, who is not visible in your mutual friends’ list, may have deactivated or deleted their Instagram account.

In such cases, Instagram still counts them as a mutual friend based on their previous connection.

If you notice that the missing user’s account is private, it could also be a reason why you can’t see them in the mutual friends list. Private accounts have restricted visibility, and their presence as a mutual friend may not be disclosed.

option-Mutual

However, you can always reach out to the missing user and inquire about their account status or send them a follow request if their account is private. They might provide clarity or allow you to connect with their profile if they are active on Instagram.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why can’t I search for Someone’s followers on Instagram?

If you suddenly notice that you can’t search for someone’s followers then make sure you are a follower of that person. If the person made his profile private then you would not see his followers if you are not following the person.

2. Instagram says followed by 1 other but not on the list – Why?

Sometimes Instagram app shows some glitches, like it may show that someone follows you, but he is not on the list, or it could also happen that the person deactivated/deleted his account after following you; that’s why you can not find him on the list. 

3. What are Mutual Followers and Following?

The term Mutual Following on Instagram means the common accounts that you and the other user both follow. As the word mutual stands for common, you can say that mutual following on Instagram is all about the common Instagram accounts that you and the other users follow on Instagram.

Moving on to the term mutual followers, it means the common followers that both you and the other user have on your Instagram accounts. The accounts that follow both you and the other user are displayed as mutual followers under the Mutual list.

If you want to get any information about the common accounts that you and the other users follow or get followed by on Instagram, you can check it in the Mutual section.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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