Why Can’t You See Someone’s Followers On Instagram After Following?

Your Quick Answer:

  1. If you can’t see someone’s Followers list, it might be because the person didn’t accept your follow request. When someone has a private account on Instagram, you’ll only be able to view his Followers list only if you follow his account. 
  2. It’s also possible that the user has removed you as a follower so that you won’t be able to view his Followers list. 
  3. In that case, send a follow request to the user again and wait for him to accept it. 
  4. Even if the user has blocked you from his profile, then you won’t be able to see his Followers list. When you’re blocked it will show User Not Found to you. 
  5. When the user has temporarily disabled his account, the Followers list won’t be visible to you. However, after the user re-activates his account, you will be able to see the Followers list.

Due to slow internet connections, you may not be able to view the Followers list of any account that you follow. 

You can restart the internet connection or switch to better wifi to fix the issue. 

Even if the issue is caused due to Instagram bugs and glitches, you need to wait for it to get fixed. 

You can even try to see the Followers list from the Instagram web or a second mobile device. 

Why Can’t You see someone’s followers on Instagram:

If you can’t see the Followers list of any user it might be because of the following reasons:

1. Follow Request Rejected:

Follow request rejected

If an account is private, you won’t be able to see the Followers’ list of the account unless you follow the user on Instagram. However, you won’t be able to follow the person if he doesn’t accept your follow request.

To follow a private account,  you’ll need to first send a follow request to the user of the account. It’s up to the account user whether to accept the request or deny it. If the user accepts your follow request, you’ll become a follower of the account and therefore, you’ll be able to see the Followers list from his account. But if the user rejects your follow request, you won’t be able to follow the account nor will you be able to see the Followers list. 

But in the case of a public account, you’ll be able to see the Followers list of the account unless there’s some other underlying cause that’s preventing you from seeing it. 

2. Removed You as Follower:

If you follow a private account on Instagram, but still can’t see the Followers list of the account, it might be because the user has removed you as a follower. If you’re removed from the person’s Followers list, you’ll not be able to see the Following or Followers list of the person. 

If the person has removed you as a follower, you’ll be able to see that it no longer shows Following when you open the profile page of the user rather you’ll again find the blue Follow button in its place. 

When you’re removed as a follower by the user, you’ll not be able to see the posts and the stories too along with the Followers and Following lists. Until you become a follower of the private profile again, you won’t be able to see the Followers list. 

Steps to remove someone as a follower: 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram application and log into your account. 

Step 2: Next, you’ll need to click on the profile picture icon that’s at the bottom right corner of the screen. 

Click on Profile Icon

Step 3: You’ll be taken to the profile page. Click on Followers that are between the Posts and Following options. 

Click on Followers

Step 4: You’ll be able to see the list of Followers on your profile. 

Step 5: If you want to remove someone as a follower, you can just find the person from the Followers list and then click on the gray Remove button next to the person’s username on the list. 

Click on Remove

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3. User Blocked You:

Blocked you

If the account has blocked you, you won’t be able to see their Followers list nor their display pictures or posts would be visible to you. The account would be shown as User not found and you won’t be able to open the Followers list. 

Even if you search for the person on Instagram, you won’t be able to find the profile anymore either. This is the worst-case scenario where you’re not only removed from the Followers list of the user but you’re blocked from viewing the person’s posts too. Until the user unblocks you, you’ll not be able to see the Followers list of the user. 

4. Temporarily Disabled Account:

Temporarily disabled account

If the user has temporarily disabled his account, then you’ll not be able to see the person’s Followers list. Even if you’re a follower of the user, you won’t be able to view the Followers list when the user has temporarily disabled his account. But as soon as he will reactivate his account, you’ll be able to see the user’s Followers list. 

5. Instagram Bugs:

Instagram bug

If you’re not able to see the Followers list even if you’re a follower of the private Instagram account, it might be a glitch. Instagram often experiences bugs and glitches which most of the time get fixed on their own within a few minutes to a few hours. 

When Instagram faces an app bug, you’ll find some of its features will malfunction or won’t work at all. But as soon as the glitch gets fixed, the app runs normally and you’ll be able to see the Followers list too. 

If it’s a glitch, you can just try to restart the Instagram application to see if it gets fixed or not. If it doesn’t, then wait for the glitch to get fixed by Instagram itself. 

6. Slow Internet Connection:

Slow internet connection

If you’re not able to view the Followers list of any user, it might be because the wifi network connection to your device is unstable. If your data connection is poor, Instagram will not be able to load the Followers list or it might take a long time to load it.

Unstable internet or wifi connection is a common issue that hampers the smooth functioning of apps like Instagram. You can switch to a better wifi connection to avoid or solve this issue. 

What to do if you can’t see someone’s Followers:

There you follow the below methods to fix the issues:

1. Send the Follow Request Again:

Send the following request again

If you’re not able to view the Followers list of a private Instagram account, send the following request once again to the user. If the user has previously rejected your follow request it doesn’t mean that the person will reject it once again.

Therefore, you can send the following request once again and wait for the user to accept it. Only after your follow request gets accepted, you’ll be able to become a follower of the private account and see the Followers list of the person. 

2. Use the Instagram web or Another Mobile:

Use the Instagram web or another mobile device

When you’re unable to see the Followers’ list of any user whom you follow on Instagram, it might be caused due to a device issue. You can download the Instagram application and log in to your account from a different mobile device and check if you can see the Followers list of the user from there. 

If you don’t own a second mobile, you can use web Instagram to log in to your account. You can go to www.instagram.com using a web browser and then enter your username and password to log in to your Instagram account. Once you’re in your account, try to open the Followers list of the user and see if it’s opening or not. 

3. Clear the Cache Data:

When Instagram is facing glitches and malfunctioning issues, you can clear the cache data of the application. Accumulated cache data often causes the Instagram application to malfunction.

This kind of glitch can be easily fixed by clearing the cache data from the Settings of the device. As the cache data consists of old and miscellaneous files, you won’t have to worry about losing any kind of valuable account data of your Instagram profile. Rather it will clean off some memory space and will help Instagram to function better and properly. 

Steps to clear cache data: 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Settings app of your device. 

Step 2: Next, scroll down and click on Apps & notifications. 

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Step 3: Then click on App info

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Step 4: You’ll need to scroll down the list of apps to find Instagram. Click on it. 

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Step 5: Then click on Storage & Cache and click on CLEAR CACHE

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4. Restart your Data Connection:

Often when the Followers list is not getting loaded, it might be due to a slow internet connection. This can be easily fixed if you can switch to a more stable wifi connection or you can restart your data connection too. Only after the data connection gets stable and steady, the Followers list can be loaded so that you can view it. 

Steps to restart a data connection: 

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Turn off the Data connection of your device and turn on the Airplane Mode. 

Turn Off Data Connection
Turn on Eroplane Mode

Step 2: Wait for a few seconds or a minute. 

Step 3: Then you’ll need to turn off the Airplane Mode and then turn on the Data connection of your device. 

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Turn ON Data Connection

Step 4: This will increase the internet speed. 

Step 5: Try to open the Followers list of the user and see if you can see it or not. 

5. Wait It Out:

Wait it out

If the problem is caused due to bugs or server issues of the Instagram application, it will get fixed by Instagram automatically. Most of the time, it gets fixed within a few hours. You can just wait for the time being and then check the Instagram application frequently to see if they’ve fixed it or not. Once it gets fixed, you’ll be able to see the Followers list. 

🔯 Can I hide the Followers and Following List from Users?

If you have a public account, you won’t be able to hide the Following and  Followers list of your account. As it’s a public account, it’s visible to all the followers and the non-followers of your account. But if you want to hide it from someone specific, you’ll need to block the user on Instagram to stop him from viewing your lists of Followers and Following. 

But when you have a private account, your Followers and Following lists are only visible to your followers. The non-followers will not be able to view your Followers and Following list of your account unless they follow you. If you don’t want someone to see your Followers and Following list, you can just reject his follow request or remove him as a follower to prevent him from seeing the Followers and Following list. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to Find Instagram Private Account Followers?

The Followers list an Instagram account that is private if only visible to the users who follow the private account.  The users that don’t follow the private profile won’t be able to open the Followers list however they will be able to see the total number of followers that the private account has as it is displayed on the profile page.

Therefore, to see the followers of an Instagram private account, you’ll need to first follow the account by sending a follow request. After the request gets accepted, you will be able to see the list of Followers by clicking on the Followers option on the profile page. 

2. What to Do if You’re Unable to Fetch Followers on Instagram?

If you’re unable to see the Followers list on Instagram, you can try different methods to fix the issue. The issue may be caused due to the usage of an outdated version of Instagram. You can update it from the Google Play Store and then check the Followers list on Instagram. Even if it’s an app glitch, you can fix it by reinstalling the application after uninstalling it.

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